How to tell when your child needs Occupational Therapy

What to look out for in your child with regards to Cognitive and Perceptual areas:

  • Inattention and distractibility to written and or reading tasks
  • Difficulty in letter recognition and letter reproduction
  • Reversal of letters such as ‘b’ for ‘d’ or ‘p’ for ‘q’
  • Difficulty copying from the blackboard in class
  • Poor orientation of puzzle pieces and “gives up”
  • Poor at following instructions
  • Poor spatial organization (space and letter formation)

What to look out for in your child with regards to Activities of Daily Living Skills:

  • Dressing: clothes or shoes are put on backwards
  • Dressing: shoes on wrong feet
  • Food is pushed off plate
  • Messy eaters
  • Poor handling of a spoon/fork/knife

What to look out for in your child with regards to Social Skills:

  • Withdrawal from social situations
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Lack of group interaction (avoidance)
  • Lack of confidence in oneself
  • Poor eye contact
  • Poor body language

What to look out for in your child with regards to Fine Motor areas:

  • No interest in fine motor skills
  • Incorrect pencil grasp or poor pencil control
  • Slow writing neatness and speed
  • Poor scissor skills
  • Poor colouring skills
  • Poor speed and dexterity
  • Clumsy grasp & release skills
  • Difficulty holding small objects and manipulating tools
  • Unable to complete mazes, dot-to-dots, etc

What to look out for in your child with regards to Gross Motor areas:

  • Flinching or other responses when catching a ball or poor ball skills i.e. throwing, catching, kicking or hitting a ball
  • Fear response to gross motor playing
  • Level of avoidance or decreased motivation to gross motor activities
  • Unable to or difficulty in hopping, skipping, jumping, running, etc
  • Difficulty coordinating body sides

At Rehana Paruk Occupational Therapy Durban we treat all of the above areas!