OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

WHAT IS IT? DOES YOUR CHILD NEED AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST?

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WHAT IS OT FOR KIDS?

Paediatric Occupational Therapists help children, youth and their families achieve their goals.  It might be to ride your bike, have neater handwriting, be able to play with your friends or just manage big emotions.

 

Sessions with an Occupational Therapist don't feel like therapy or work as all of our therapy is designed around play! 

 

We can help with sensory issues, fine or gross motor delays, visual perceptual issues, social and emotional development and cognitive impairment.   

 

So if you want your child to become more independent and reach their goals get in touch with us today.

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Occupational Therapists can help with a variety of different issues faced by children and adolescents. 

 

We can help children diagnosed with;

 

  • Global developmental Delay

  • Developmental Coordination Disorders

  • Sensory Processing Difficulties

  • Specific Learning Disabilities Difficulties (Dylexia, Dysgraphia)

  • Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

  • Neurological Conditions (cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury

  • Downs syndrome

  • Mental health issues (anxiety, PTSD, depression)

  • Behavioural issues 

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DOES YOUR CHILD NEED AN OT?

If you're still wondering if Occupational Therapy is right for your child and family here is a great little cheat sheet.  If your child presents with one or more of the following symptoms Occupational Therapists can help.  

 

Does your child appear:   

  • Overly sensitive to sound, touch, or movement (hates loud noises, discomfort in clothing, dislikes having feet off the floor)    

  • Under-respond to certain sensations (e.g., high pain tolerance, doesn't notice cuts/bruises)    

  • Constantly on the move, can't sit still, always crashing and jumping into things     

  • Unable to calm self when upset  

  • Find it hard to focus on a task  

  • Emotionally reactive  

  • Strong behavioural outbursts

  • Anxiety 

  • Sleep issues

  • Find change in daily routine very challenging  

  • Have issues with ball skills

  • Have trouble going up or down stairs

  • Have poor balance   

  • Be unable to coordinate his/her left and right side of their body  

  • Use both hands to write with  

  • Find it hard to pick up and hold a pencil  

  • Find dressing (using zipper or buttons, sequencing dressing, remembering tasks) difficult  

  • Have poor handwriting

  • Be unable to judge the spacing and sizes of letters  

  • Find it difficult to recognise and copy letters or shapes  

  • Be unable to track letter on a page making for slow and hard reading

  • Have difficulty finding toys in a toy box  

  • Have difficulty with the concept of right and left  

  • Have difficulty maintaining focus   

  • Often wonder around without actually initiating play

  • Be hyperactive or under-active  

  • Find initiating play with others difficult  

  • Be unable to follow instructions

CHEAT SHEET

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