When Do You Refer Your Child to Occupational Therapy?

11 Apr, 2022

Many parents of children who have been diagnosed with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, or learning difficulties often wonder when they should refer their child to Occupational Therapy. Below we breakdown 6 areas that may indicate your child should see an Occupational Therapist. We’ve also provided some helpful tips on finding the right therapist for your family!

Signs That Your Child Should See an Occupational Therapist

Identifying when it’s time for your child to see an OT can be difficult. After all, every child is different and will have their own unique needs. However, there are a few general signs that may indicate that your child would benefit from occupational therapy services, including:

    • Difficulty paying attention or focusing in school or other activities
    • Problems with fine motor skills, such as not being able to colour within the lines or difficulty using scissors
    • Poor handwriting skills
    • Difficulty participating in age-appropriate activities, such as sports or playground games
    • Frequent meltdowns such as tantrums or aggression
    • Sensory processing issues, such as being hypersensitive to noise or touch, avoiding messy play activities, or preferring a limited range of foods.
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    If your child exhibits any of these issues, it may be time to seek professional guidance.

    How to Find the Right Therapist for Your Family

    Once you’ve determined that your child could benefit from occupational therapy services, the next step is finding the right therapist. This can be tricky, as there are many different types of OT specialists out there.

    To ensure you’re choosing the right allied health professional for your family, ask around for recommendations from friends, family, and your child’s paediatrician. You can also find a qualified therapist in your area through the Occupational Therapy Association.

    Once you’ve found a few therapists who seem like a good fit, it’s important to book an initial assessment where you can meet with them and ask questions. Below are some suggestions of useful questions you may want to consider asking the therapist:

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    • What are your qualifications?
    • What approach will you be taking with my child?
    • Will you work with my other caregivers, such as teachers or doctors?
    • How often will we meet, and for how long?
    • What will the cost be?
    • What is your cancellation policy?

     We Can Help Your Child Reach Their Full Potential!

    At Gen Physio, we understand the importance of early intervention, which is why we offer mobile occupational therapy services for children of all ages. Our therapists are highly qualified and have a wealth of experience working with kids who have various needs. We’ll work with you and your child’s other caregivers to create a personalised treatment plan to help them succeed in school and everyday life. Call us on 1300 122 884 to schedule an appointment!

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