In our last blog post, we looked at occupational therapy for kids, and we outlined some of the common difficulties that can be treated through this type of therapy. As we mentioned, most people, when they think of “occupational therapy”, they don’t immediately think of kids. However, this is a huge oversight, and the positive effects that can come from occupational therapy are innumerable.

At FUNctionabilities, we use occupational therapy to help children master day-to-day tasks. If your child is having difficulty with everyday activities and experiencing challenges that seem to be unique to your child, you may want to consult with a pediatric therapist. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

In this blog, we are going to pick up where we left off, and continue looking at some of the difficult areas for children who may benefit from occupational therapy. Read on to learn if occupational therapy is right for your child.

Visual Processing

The process of being able to interpret and make sense of visual stimuli is referred to as visual processing. Naturally, children with visual processing delays typically have trouble reading and copying down information. Additionally, the following could be present:

  • Your child has trouble with spacing and letter size.
  • Your child has difficulty finding and recognizing words, letters, or objects.
  • Your child has difficulty comprehending the concept of left and right.

Oral Motor Skills

Oral motor skills involve the movement of facial muscles and oral areas, like the jaw, lips, and tongue. If your child’s oral motor skills are delayed, the following may be true:

  • Your child drools excessively.
  • Your child mouths objects and toys well beyond an age-appropriate time.
  • Your child experiences difficulty drinking and eating.

Sensory Processing

Sensory processing is our ability to make sense and interpret information received through the senses, particularly touch, smell, and sound. Children with sensory processing impediments may demonstrate oversensitivity to sensory stimuli, which may look like this:

  • Your child has an overly strong reaction to sound, touch, or smell.
  • Your child has difficulty finding calm after being upset.
  • Your child is unresponsive to painful sensations.

Social Interaction Skills

These particular skills are used to interact with others, build relationships, and understand those around us. As might be expected, social interaction skills are deeply important to daily life. If your child has delayed or impaired social skills, the following may be true:

  • Your child is having difficulty adapting at school or in other similar social situations.
  • Your child is showing delayed language skills.
  • Your child is unable to interact with others in an age-appropriate way.

Learning Challenges

Learning challenges—or disabilities—are another form of developmental delay. If you can relate to any of the following statements, occupational therapy may be a suitable form of treatment for your child.

  • Your child has extreme difficulty following instructions and completing tasks.
  • Your child has poor impulse control and tires easily.
  • Your child makes letters and numbers in reverse (after the age of seven).

Play Skills

Kids first develop their understanding of themselves and the world around them through the act of playing. Whether playing by themselves or with others, playing helps build confidence, learn social skills, solve problems, and exercise imagination. If any of the following are true, your child may benefit from therapy:

  • Your child does not explore toys, games, and other play items.
  • Your child refuses to join peers or family when playing.
  • Your child finds imitative play to be difficult or impossible.

At FUNctionabilities, we aim to help kids overcome these challenges through occupational therapy in a stress-free, sensory-rich environment. Using our evidence-based therapies and techniques, we make therapy fun, so your child is “Learning to Play” and “Playing to Learn.”

Contact us today to learn more!