Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

The Speech and Occupational Therapy Centre is a child and family centered service that aims to empower children and their families to nurture their development across childhood.

When to refer for occupational therapy ?

Occupational Therapists can support children who need support in a range of different areas. These are some of things to look out for:

Self Care

  • Difficulty with buttons, zippers, shoelaces
  • Difficulty with opening and closing your lunchbox , or unscrewing your water bottle
  • Trouble ‘orienting’ clothing
  • Poor sequencing within tasks (dressing or packing bag)
  • Trouble with skills such as brushing hair or teeth, toileting, bathing or using a knife & fork

Sensory Processing

  • Sensitivity to certain auditory input (sounds), tactile input (touch – textures, temperatures, pressure), visual input or vestibular input (movement)
  • Seeks some sensations (e.g. deep pressure, vibration, spinning or light touch)
  • Easily overstimulated, or generally low level arousal (flat affect, hard to engage)

Clumsy or awkward movements

  • Falling or tripping over
  • Bumping into people or objects

Poor postural control

  • Resting head in hand when writing
  • Slouching when standing or sitting at a desk
  • Leaning on furniture, walls or other people

Social, play and Emotional skills

  • Making friends
  • initiating interactions and responding appropriately with others
  • Taking turns with other
  • Sharing
  • Separating from parents
  • Managing and regulating emotions and feelings
  • Sequencing in play, and learning how to play appropriately with toys

Drawing & Handwriting:

  • Difficulty tracing over lines
  • Difficulty drawing shapes
  • Immature or restrictive pencil grip
  • Poor letter formation
  • Reversals
  • Poor spatial organisation/setting out or neatness
  • Reduced writing speed
  • Experiencing pain when writing

Poor coordination

  • Difficulty throwing or catching a ball
  • Difficulty climbing, riding a bike and/or coordinating movements of arms and legs

Poor balance

  • Difficulty with steps, walking on a line or balance beam
  • Standing on one leg
  • Hopping

Copying

  • Trouble copying from the board or text books
  • Omitting letters or words
  • Poor spatial organisation
  • Reduced speed (difficulty ‘keeping up’ in class)

Cutting Skills

  • Holding scissors awkwardly
  • Tense or asymmetrical posture
  • Decreased accuracy and neatness
  • Poor planning
  • Swapping hands
  • Changing direction when cutting