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"Adversity does not build character, it reveals it."  James Lane Allen

Parents generally recognize when something is not quite right with their child.  However, a parent might not understand the potential reasons for a particular behavior or action.  If you notice any of the following behaviors or difficulties, an Occupational Therapy evaluation is recommended.  Click here to start the process for an OT evaluation. 

Many parents presume certain behaviors are simply learned, and can be modified by positive and negative reinforcement (time-outs and treats).  Applied Behavior Analysis is a scientifically valid theory for modifying behavior, which follows the same principles for children, as pet-training centers.  Clearly rewards and punishments are well known methods to modify behaviors.  However, one must critically examine whether the behaviors are learned, or caused by underlying ailments, which if not treated by OT, can result in frustration, anxiety, loss of focus & concentration.  Even if the behaviors change, the source of the problem remains; while your child is being "good," they are still feeling bad.  The following are examples of underlying factors than can result in unwanted behaviors.

  • Sensory Processing challenges

  • Auditory Processing Disorder

  • Impaired vision or vision disorders

  • Delayed motor skills

  • Decreased strength

  • Learning disabilities

  • Poor nutrition and limited diet, which can be caused by texture issues, and oral-motor weakness

 - See below for a list of common issues where Occupational Therapy can help:

Gross Motor Skills:

  • Decreased strength and coordination

  • Lack of body awareness (bumps into objects, applies either too little or too much pressure)

  • Clumsy or floppy

  • Has a tendency to lean on surfaces

  • Falls or loses balance frequently

  • Overly cautious on playground equipment

  • Has difficulty learning new motor skills (riding a bike or tricycle, jumping jacks)

Fine and Visual Motor Skills

  • Difficulty holding a pencil

  • Trouble using scissors

  • Has a hard time grasping small items

  • Finds it difficult to draw age-appropriate shapes

  • Difficulty putting together puzzles and replicating block patterns

  • Becomes frustrated easily when writing (letter formation, size and spacing errors)

Sensory Processing Behaviors

  • Does not like to get messy or dirty

  • Avoids certain textures of clothing

  • Holds their hands over their ears to avoid loud noises

  • Prefers to keep their feet on the ground (avoids swinging, climbing or jumping)

  • Seeks constant movement / difficulty sitting still

  • Craves jumping or falling

  • Gets car sick easily

  • Seems sensitive to bright light

Daily Activities

  • Difficulty paying attention in different environments

  • Does not engage in typical play activities

  • Has trouble with buttons, zippers and snaps, as well as opening containers

  • Dislikes grooming activities (washing face, brushing hair, cutting nails)

  • Avoids certain textures of foods

  • Has difficulty holding eating utensils or grasping finger foods

Behavor Indicators
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