Does My Child Need OT?

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We can work with children with or without a diagnosis. Some of the conditions we commonly work with are:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD);
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)/Attention deficit disorder (ADD);
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia;
  • Down’s Syndrome;
  • Sensory Processing Difficulties;
  • Neurological Conditions (Cerebral Palsy etc.);
  • Learning Difficulties;
  • Various genetic/developmental syndromes;
  • Emotional/behavioural disorders;
  • Developmental/global delay (GDD).

Common problems we help include:

  • Delayed Milestones;
  • Poor Handwriting;
  • Difficulty Concentrating;
  • Fine Motor Difficulties (activities which include using the hands);
  • Visual Perception Difficulties;
  • Gross Motor Difficulties (Larger movements including running, jumping, balancing, coordination etc.);
  • Difficulties with self care tasks (dressing, feeding etc.);
  • Overly sensitive or under-reactive to touch, movement, sounds, tastes or smell;
  • Sensory processing Difficulties;
  • Low Confidence and Social Difficulties.

CHALLENGES/ BEHAVIOURS YOUR CHILD MAY PRESENT WITH

Children often present with difficulties but may not be diagnosed with a condition.

  • Balance and coordination problems (e.g. eye-hand coordination skills such as ball skills – throwing, catching, kicking – as well as difficulty riding a bike and swimming);
  • Delays in academic achievement or ability;
  • Difficulties coping with noise or sounds in the environment;
  • Difficulties coping with transitions or high activity events;
  • Difficulties making and keeping friends;
  • Difficulties with self-care (such as toileting, feeding, dressing, washing etc.);
  • Difficulties with self-regulation (e.g. remaining calm or staying alert when required);
  • Difficulty with social participation and interaction (may not like to socialise with others);
  • Easily overwhelmed;
  • Hyperactivity (always “on the go”, constantly active and sometimes disruptive behaviour);
  • Lack of attention and focus (e.g. difficulties listening, attending or concentrating);
  • Over or under-sensitivity to touch (e.g. may not like being touched by others, dislikes messy play, fussy with textures such as clothes or foods or doesn’t noticed being touched);
  • Poor gross, fine motor and oral motor control (e.g. child appears clumsy, finds climbing or hopping difficult, has difficulties using knife and fork, sitting upright, doing up buttons, brushing teeth, holding a pencil – handwriting etc.);
  • Poor organisation and planning ability (Child may be forgetful, difficulty finishing tasks, untidy etc.);
  • Poor self-esteem/confidence;
  • Restricted or limited play skills;
  • Sensory processing challenges (seeks or avoids sensory input such as sounds, smells, touch, sights and movement);
  • Sleep problems;
  • Variable or low muscle tone, poor postural control and lack of strength (e.g. movement difficulties such as finding it difficult to sit upright, foot pain with walking and flat feet, difficulty sitting still, tends to fidget, does not complete school tasks, difficulty handwriting/drawing, sits between legs on floor: w-sitting, poor attention span, weak core muscles etc.);
  • Visual motor and visual perceptual difficulties (e.g. child may bump into things and have trouble copying from a book/board).

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