Occupational therapy is often thought of as something for adults, usually after an accident or surgery, to re-learn skills needed to go back to work.
For children, the concept is similar; we believe that it is a child’s job to play and develop skills that will last a lifetime. Sometimes, children need some help to strengthen their hand muscles before they learn how to tie their shoes, or they need to be exposed to new and messy activities to become accustomed to coping with situations they may run in to on a daily basis.
Does your child need an assessment?
If you’re not sure if the difficulties your child is facing are normal, look below at some of the common issues that can be addressed with occupational therapy.
- Difficulty winding down or self-calming
- Clumsy or uncoordinated
- Avoids movement (dislikes swings, etc.) or seeks out excessive movement (frequently jumping, crashing, etc.)
- Difficulties with transition and/or changes in routine
- Difficulties self-dressing, feeding themselves or other difficulties with fine motor skills
- Handwriting appear messy and ineligible
Occupational therapy is something that may be able to help your child improve and expand their skill sets and set them up for success now and well into the future. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of occupational therapy, here is a great resource from The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
If you have further questions regarding occupational therapy, or would like to schedule an initial evaluation, call us at (817) 764-3825.
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