What Are the Conditions that Can Be Treated with Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

conditions treated with occupational therapy

Would your child benefit from occupational therapy intervention? Here are conditions treated with occupational therapy:

Fine motor challenges could present with:

Difficulty manipulating toys and puzzles, holding a pencil, using silverware or straws at an age-appropriate time, using scissors, using zippers, buttons, shoelaces, coloring, drawing, tracing, prewriting shapes, poor handwriting, letter/number formation, or avoiding tasks and games that require fine motor skills.

Gross motor challenges could present with:

Struggling to coordinate both sides of the body, understand the concept of right and left, poor ball skills, or poor balance.

Visual perception challenges could present with:

Trouble with the spacing and sizes of letters, recognizing letters, copying shapes or letters, visual tracking and crossing midline, finding objects among other objects, copying from the board or another paper, or the concept of right and left.

Oral motor challenges could present with:

Excessive drooling, chews food in the front of the mouth rather than on the molars, difficulty using a cup at an age-appropriate time, difficulty with drinking from a straw at an age-appropriate time, lengthy bottle or breast feedings, tiredness after eating, baby loses excessive liquid from his or her lips when bottle or breast feeding, child loses excessive liquid or food from his or her mouth when drinking or chewing, child appears to be excessively picky when eating, only eating certain types or textures of food, or child excessively mouths toys or objects beyond an age-appropriate time.

Sensory processing challenges could present with:

Overly sensitive or heightened reactivity to sound, touch, or movement, under-responsive to certain sensations (e.g., high pain tolerance, doesn’t notice cuts/bruises), constantly moving, jumping, crashing, bumping, easily distracted by visual or auditory stimuli, emotionally reactive, difficulty coping with change, or inability to calm self when upset.

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