Early intervention has been shown to be the best in terms of preventing long-term issues and psychological complications as children struggle to keep up with their peers. We do clinic treatment, home and school visits with the aim of facilitating normal development, normal play, normal movement patterns and normal learning foundations. We find that in this way, the children can then take advantage of the early education programs such as Day care, Pre-prep and Prep more fully.
We DO NOT recommend “waiting to see if the child will grow out of it” as they often don’t.
Because young children’s brains are developing so quickly, early intervention also means that the duration and costs of therapy are often less.
Markers that indicate an assessment by a Kids Matters OT would be beneficial:
Does your child?
• Show a lack of interest in learning activities including puzzles, letters and numbers
• Show a lack in movement or fine motor skills
• Have difficulty keeping still
• Seem unable to keep hands to self (always touching people or things)
• Tire and gets floppy
• Flit between activities/ lack persistence
• Seem clumsy or awkward
• Seem over-sensitive to noise, touch or movement
• Have difficulty with balance or coordination
• Seem excessively fearful and cautious
• Show obsessiveness and narrow interests
• Have a limited range of play skills
• Struggle with memory or paying attention
• Seem overly messy and disorganised
• Avoid or struggle with drawing or writing tasks
• Have varied performance — some days good and others poor
• Handwriting issues – forming the letters
• Writing issues related to having ideas, planning, categorizing and sequencing ideas so that it makes sense
• Seem anxious or have low self-confidence?
• Seem aggressive for no apparent reason?
• Have difficulty with feeding or toileting?
• Have difficulty with sleep?
• Not seem to be achieving to his/her potential?
• Have suspected food intolerances / allergies or digestive issues?
• Have special needs or a disability?
• Are you as parents struggling to cope with behaviour
• Do you or your partner have any of these issues.
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