1. My child is slow to perform tasks.
If a child is slower than their peers when completing everyday activities such as getting dressed, brushing their teeth or doing homework, then they may benefit from occupational therapy. Being slow to perform tasks can be an indication that the child needs to help developing fine motor coordination and/or executive functioning skills which are necessary for completing daily tasks.
2. My child has poor or illegible handwriting.
Illegible handwriting can be a sign that a child needs help with fine motor coordination, as well as muscle control and strength which are necessary for writing legibly. Occupational therapy can teach children how to write in a way that is both legible and efficient.
3. My child has difficulty using scissors.
Scissor skills require strength, dexterity, and bilateral coordination, all of which can be improved with occupational therapy. If your child is having trouble using scissors, they may benefit from occupational therapy to learn the skill of cutting in a safe and accurate manner.
4. My child has difficulty performing or avoids fine motor tasks.
Fine motor skills involve the coordination of small muscle movements to complete a task, such as buttoning a shirt or writing. If your child is having difficulty with fine motor tasks, then occupational therapy can help them develop the strength and coordination needed for these activities.
5. My child appears clumsy and stumbles often, slouches in the chair.
If your child appears clumsy and has difficulties with balance and posture, then occupational therapy may be able to help. Occupational therapists can provide strategies to improve balance and core stability, which can lead to improved coordination and less clumsiness.
6. My child has difficulty in school or activities due to poor coordination and/or motor planning.
Poor coordination can lead to difficulties in both academic and social activities. Occupational therapy can help a child develop the coordination skills needed to complete tasks successfully. It can also help them learn strategies for planning and organizing their movements so they’re better able to participate in school or other activities.
7. My child is easily frustrated with new tasks, and can’t seem to “get it.”
If your child struggles with understanding new tasks or information, then occupational therapy may be beneficial. Occupational therapists are trained to assess how a child processes information and provide strategies that will help them understand and retain new skills or information more effectively.
8. My child has difficulty completing physical education activities.
Physical education can be challenging for many children, especially those who have difficulty with coordination or motor planning. Occupational therapy can help a child develop the skills needed to participate in physical education activities with confidence and success.
9. My child avoids challenging tasks or avoidance of overall physical activity.
If your child is avoiding certain activities, then occupational therapy may be able to help. An occupational therapist can provide strategies to make the task more manageable and enjoyable for the child, as well as assess any underlying issues that may be contributing to their avoidance behaviours.
10. My child has difficulty transitioning between tasks and/or routines.
Transitions can be difficult for some children, particularly ones who struggle with impulsivity or executive functioning skills. Occupational therapy can provide strategies for children to be able to transition more smoothly between tasks and routines, ensuring that their day runs more smoothly.