What is an Occupational Therapist?
OT for Children and Adolescents
OT’s often work in the school setting to enhance the child’s functionality within this environment, which include play, social skills and education.
During early stages of development some children struggle with some vital components of development.
Sensory integration disorders (SI) can be described as the way a child organizes and responds to sensations from their own body and the environment around them.
Gross motor skills are a vital area addressed during the therapy process:
- muscle tone and strength
Children who present with gross motor difficulties often present with fine motor difficulties as well.
Fine motor skills include problems with:
- handwriting and pencil grip problems,
- motor control and dexterity,
- fine motor co-ordination,
- cutting and colouring.
Visual perception issues such as:
- visual motor integration,
- visual closure and
- visual figure ground.
All of which are vital in the schooling process.
How do I know if my child needs Occupational Therapy?
Your child may need OT if they struggle with any of these activities:
- Difficulty during gross motor tasks- skipping, hopping, jumping
- Presses hard when writing
- Writes very slowly or very quickly therefore impacting on neatness
- Writing speed is too slow impacting on test performance
- Attention or concentration deficits affecting work
- Sensory seeking child or avoids all tactile input
- Colouring or cutting deficits
- Self-esteem and anxiety concerns related to school performance