Occupational Therapists (OTs) aim to help every person participate in life to their full ability. Examples of areas an Occupational Therapist can help include:

  • Sleeping
  • Sensory processing difficulties
  • Picky eaters
  • Toileting
  • Dressing
  • Handwriting difficulties
  • Poor coordination

There are many reasons that a child can be referred to an Occupational Therapist. As a toddler or a preschooler the main reasons for referral are:

  • Delayed fine motor and/or gross motor skills
  • Restricted food variety
  • Regularly taking hours to fall asleep at night unassisted
  • Difficulty with toilet training
  • Child always on the move or “busy”
  • Child is bothered by haircuts/hair washing, nail cutting, bright lights or certain clothes

As children grow the expectations placed on them in their everyday lives increases. A reason to refer to OT at this age are:

  • Handwriting below grade level, letter reversals, missing words when copying or slow speed when copying
  • Difficulty learning typical childhood gross motor tasks (e.g. swimming, biking or skating)
  • Refusing to wear certain types of clothing
  • Falling out of their chair for no reason
  • Unexpectedly becoming upset/having outbursts

Our Connecting Dots OTs have additional training in:

  • Integrated Listening System (ILS)
  • Astronaut Training
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Deep Pressure Proprioceptive Technique (DPPT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Handwriting Without TearsĀ 
  • Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) – Course One
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
  • Rhythm Works, Integrative Dance
  • Building Blocks for Sensory Integration

Please contact us for more information about our Occupational Therapy services.