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When Is Occupational Therapy Recommended For A Child?

When Is Occupational Therapy Recommended For A Child?

Shows signs of poor sensory processing that interferes with normal activities:

    •       Fearful of movement or constantly moving and jumping

    •       Doesn’t like loud noises

    •       Has trouble going to restaurants or store

    •       Doesn’t like different textures or hands to be messy (finger painting or glue)

    •       Picky eater, has limited food textures that he will eat

    •       Difficulty getting child’s attention or appears to have trouble with verbal instructions

    •       Low muscle tone, appears

    •       Clumsy, poor coordination, or poor body awareness

Infant to 2 years old

    •       Thumb is tucked in palm or hand is fisted majority of the time

    •       Arm doesn’t move freely or the same as the other arm

    •       Doesn’t hold bottle

    •       Doesn’t clap or bang objects together

    •       Refuses to transition to sippy cup

    •       Difficulty grasping cheerio by 1 year of age

    •       Doesn’t play with toys typical for age

    •       Child isn’t using a spoon or has difficulty feeding himself by age 2

3-5 years old

    •       Difficulty manipulating small objects

    •       Difficulty stringing beads

    •       Doesn’t like finger paint or Play-doh

    •       Difficulty with zippers, large buttons, or Velcro strap

    •       Difficulty with age appropriate puzzles

    •       Unable to unscrew or screw object

    •       Not coloring or drawing simple shapes or pictures

By Kindergarten

    •       Doesn’t know right and left

    •       Isn’t independent with dressing

    •       Unable to print letters, numbers, shapes, and name

    •       Awkward pencil grip

    •       Difficulty cutting

    •       Draws a person with missing body parts or poor spatial orientation

    •       Avoids fine motor activities, coloring, or puzzles

Any of our occupational therapists would be happy to evaluate your child, provide therapy, and/ or recommendations for home activities. Located at 4157 S. Harvard, #117.

Please call us at (918) 712-7868 x1.


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