11. Jul, 2017

Why OT?

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.

Motor Planning

  • 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.

  
Bilateral Integration

  • 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 .

 Visual Perception

  • 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.