When does a child need Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapists create opportunities for children to master developmental tasks and achieve independence in their home, school, and community.
We provide support in the child’s familiar environment as well as providing support to the child’s carers and teachers.
A few reasons for referral for evaluation and treatment include difficulties with fine motor and gross motor skills, difficulty playing or socialising effectively and sensory integration challenges.
Sensory integration provides a foundation for complex learning and behaviour. For some individuals, sensory integration does not develop as efficiently as it should. Sensory integration dysfunction can result in motor development difficulties, learning difficulties, or behavioural concerns. As efficient organization of sensory information provides the foundation for the development of functional skills, there can be many potential outcomes that might cause a parent concern.
A disruption in sensory processing can result in sensory defensiveness (sensory seeking or sensory avoiding behaviours), problems in self-regulation (activity levels too high or too low, not matched for the task at hand), and difficulties with praxis. Disruptions in processing sensory information can interfere with self-care skills, language skills, motor skills, academic skills, and social/emotional skills.