A child’s main occupation is playing and learning. It helps them explore the world around them, learn to interact with it and develop essential life skills that will allow them to connect with others and do things independently. However, some children may have trouble mastering the skills. They might experience issues with physical (fine or gross motor skills), sensory processing, cognitive and academic skills. In those cases, Pediatric Occupational Therapy at Mobile Therapy Centers can make a big difference. The purpose of Pediatric Occupational Therapy is to help children become as independent as possible in all areas of life.
Here are five signs that your child might need Occupational Therapy:
1. Difficulty achieving age-appropriate developmental milestones – If a child is behind in developing skills that are common during a particular age or during a particular time period.
2. Avoids eye contact and inappropriate social interaction – Social interaction skills are skills that help us to bond and build relationships with other people in our life and help to understand those around us. Your child may have delayed social skills.
3. Inadequate or inappropriate play skills – Play is a crucial activity in children developing age appropriate skills and understanding their place in the world. A child can build his/her motor skills, build their cognitive skills, learn problem solving and develop social skills through play.
4. Issues with gross motor and fine motor skills – Gross Motor (physical) skills are those which require whole body movements, and which involve the large (core stabilizing) muscles of the body to perform everyday functions such as standing, walking, running and sitting upright. It also includes eye-hand coordination skills such as ball skills (throwing, catching, kicking).
Fine motor skills are those such as writing, cutting, holding a small object, picking up a spoon and tying shoelaces.
5. Sensory Processing Disorder – Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD is a neurological disorder in which the sensory information that the individual perceives results in abnormal responses.
Sensory processing refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into responses. For those with Sensory Processing Disorder, sensory information goes into the brain, but does not get organized into appropriate responses. Those with SPD perceive and/or respond to sensory information differently than most other people.
A child with sensory processing concerns has difficulty using sensory input from his/her eyes (vision), ears (sound), skin (touch), nose (smell), mouth (taste), muscles and body joints (body awareness) and inner ear (balance & position of body in space).
Mobile Therapy Centers follows a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach to evaluate and treat clients with these types of struggles. In addition to Occupational Therapy, Mobile Therapy Centers services include ABA Therapy, Speech Therapy, Behavioral Therapy and Counseling. We see children at our clinic, at your home or at your child’s school/daycare making it convenient for you and your family. We also provide Telehealth services.
If your child is having difficulty with these areas, call us at 847-816-7200 or email us for a free consultation.