Occupational Therapy FAQ's: 3-5 Years Old

How do I know if my 3-5 year old child needs occupational therapy services?

Please print out this list and check off any of the areas that are applicable to your child. If you check 3 or more problems, occupational therapy services may be warranted. Please contact Harmony Pediatric Therapy and a therapist will get back to you.

 Clumsy, falls frequently, seems to trip over their own feet

 Muscle tone seems poor/flaccid

 When child is picked up they don’t brace themselves, feels like dead weight

 Easily tantrums, does not recover within a few minutes

 Breaks crayons, pencil points, toys easily

 Frequently says “I can’t do it” to age appropriate self-care & play tasks

 Overly active, unable to slow down, moves quickly from one toy to another

 Delayed language development

 Difficulty focusing attention, or over-focused and unable to shift attention

 Dislikes bathing, haircuts, nail trimming and cuddling

 Needs more practice than other children to learn new skills

 Avoids playground activities

 Unable to settle down, sleep difficulties

 Dislikes coloring in lines, doing puzzles or cutting with scissors

 Does not enjoy jumping, swings or having feet off the ground