11. Jul, 2017
A few examples of skills that can improve with Occupational Therapy:
Low muscle tone
- Can’t sit still for long .
- Lie in chair .
- Rest head on arm
- Lean on furniture.
- Struggle to learn new tasks/movements .
- Must show action or explain step by step .
- Struggle to organise themselves & their work .
- Struggle to start an activity / movement.
- Struggle to use both hands simultaneously .
- Struggle to tie shoelaces.
- Struggle with jumping jacks / jumping with both feet together .
- Struggle with ballgames.
Crossing of midline
- Turn body or book for example when writing .
- Reversals for example the ‘b’ & ‘d’.
Fine Motor Skills
- Incorrect pencil grip .
- Hand gets easily tired .
- Messy work .
- Struggle with threading & cutting .
- Struggle to learn forms, colours, numbers, letters.
- Reversals like ‘b’ & ‘d’.
- Confuse left & right.
- Copy incorrectly from board.
- Lose their place on the page while reading.
- Slow work speed.
- Inadequate spacing.
- Struggle to remember instructions/work.
- Struggle with puzzles.
- Struggle with reading, spelling or number concepts.
- Older children: insufficient study methods
Sensory Integration & Modulation
- Dislikes movement, may get carsick.
- Wants a lot of movement like swinging.
- Fall / run into things on purpose.
- Dislikes getting dirty.
- Irritated with certain clothes.
- Avoid eating certain foods.
- Dislikes noises like a fan.