Occupational therapy can benefit any child who is experiencing difficulties, such as:

  • reaching developmental milestones
  • using hands and arms in a coordinated manner; in play, self care and school settings
  • looking after themselves, including washing, getting dressed and using cutlery
  • classroom skills such as handwriting, using scissors and other tools, concentration and participation
  • playing, including playing with other children and taking turns, outdoor play, messy play and fine motor play
  • processing and coping with sensory information such as lights, noises, movement and texture

Occupational therapy can be of particular value to children with conditions including:

  • cerebral palsy or at risk of cerebral palsy
  • babies with a high risk birth history (prematurity, cooling, brain injury etc)
  • stroke
  • developmental delays
  • co-ordination difficulties
  • genetic conditions which impact function, for example Down Syndrome
  • sensory processing preferences
  • handwriting and other fine motor skill difficulties
  • specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia
  • epilepsy
  • traumatic or acquired brain or spinal cord injuries
  • autism
  • arthritis
  • hypermobility
  • post-surgical conditions
  • cancer
  • hand injuries and peripheral neuropathies for example Charcot Marie Tooth
  • multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune conditions
  • muscular dystrophies such as Duchenne MD
  • encephalitis
  • other chronic illnesses

If you have any concerns about your child’s development or would like to understand more about their skills in a particular area, contact me to discuss what kind of assessment would be most suitable.