Who can benefit from Occupational Therapy?

When concerns arise that are interrupting your child's life enough that they can no longer participate in the things that they want to, or they are having difficulties in specific areas, your child may benefit from occupational therapy. The following would benefit from receiving OT services:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Behavior Difficulties
  • Vision Difficulties
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Social Skill Deficits
  • Developmental Delay
  • Decreased strength and endurance
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

When to refer to Occupational Therapy

If you have concerns regarding any of the following areas:

Fine motor skills

  • Difficulty holding writing or eating utensils
  • Hard time manipulating objects, buttons, zippers, etc
  • Difficulty coloring

Sensory Processing

  • Avoids messy play
  • Distracted in busy classroom environment
  • Hitting or biting
  • Doesn’t like loud noises 
  • Constantly puts hands in mouth
  • Always touching people or over-reacts to touch
  • Appears clumsy or uncoordinated
  • Poor bilateral coordination
  • Poor body awareness
  • Has unusually high or low activity level

Sensory Regulation

  • Difficulty sitting for structured activity
  • Need for movement
  • Disruptive
  • Inattentive
  • Easily frustrated

Visual Motor Skills

  • Difficulty with puzzles, drawing, coloring, building with blocks
  • Navigating through space, depth perception

Gross Motor Skills

  • Easily falls or trips
  • Unable to keep up with peers on the playground
  • Unsafe

Motor Planning

  • Poor body awareness
  • Difficulty with timing and sequencing activities
  • Poor coordination

Social Skills

  • Lack of friends
  • Poor eye contact
  • Difficulty playing with peers
  • Unaware of social cues
  • Difficulty transitioning from one activity to another

Contact Leslie at Leslie@tntkidsfitness.org for more information.

I have taken my son, Anthony, to Leslie for help for a while now.  Anthony would not grasp a crayon to color, could not stand loud noises, would not go near water, was unable to write his own name, and hated to touch anything that might make his hand messy.  Leslie has helped Anthony grow as a person and made his life so much better with her care.  She has helped him over come every one of these obstacles and more.  She has shown him how to be comfortable communicating his thoughts and needs, the skills to deal with and express his anger correctly and celebrated his victories in his grown with him!  Leslie has shown Anthony the tools to deal with things that might seem every day to most, but were huge issues for Anthony to handle.  This program has changed my child's life for the better and I can't express how grateful I am for all of the hard work and love that has been shown to him.  

I really do love the work she has done with Anthony. We can't imagine our lives without her.