Who Benefits From Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services at SMART Pediatrics

It can be very difficult to know when and if your child needs therapy.  Maybe your child's teacher brought up concerns about behaviors or attention during conferences.  Sometimes, your parent's intuition just tells you something is amiss.  That is enough to dive in deeper.   

The following is a list of some of the behaviors or difficulties that may indicate your child would benefit from pediatric occupational therapy:

  • did not crawl as an infant / very brief crawling period

  • easily distracted​

  • quick to notice any novel sounds or noises 

  • avoids getting hands messy

  • clumsy, trips often

  • leans into people or furniture for support

  • seems to be in constant movement

  • quick to get upset or difficulty calming down once upset

  • movements are awkward, not smooth or fluid

  • lacks a hand preference

  • lacks a hand dominance by 6 years of age

  • exhibits fine motor difficulties

  • difficulty in social situations

  • hard time sitting still

It is important to know that while early intervention is always ideal, issues with sensory processing and primitive reflexes can be treated at any age. It is NEVER too late to begin addressing your concerns.