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How do I know if my 3-5 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 Springboard Therapy via email from this site and a therapist will get back to you within 1-2 business days.

  1. checkboxClumsy, falls frequently, seems to trip over their own feet
  2. checkboxMuscle tone seems poor / flaccid
  3. checkboxWhen child is picked up they don't brace themselves, feels like dead weight
  4. checkboxEasily tantrums, does not recover within a few minutes
  5. checkboxBreaks crayons, pencil points, toys easily
  6. checkboxFrequently says “I can't do it” to age appropriate self-care & play tasks
  7. checkboxOverly active, unable to slow down, moves quickly from one toy to another
  8. checkboxDelayed language development
  9. checkboxDifficulty focusing attention, or over-focused and unable to shift attention to the next task
  10. checkboxDislikes bathing, haircuts, nail trimming and cuddling
  11. checkboxNeeds more practice than other children to learn new skills
  12. checkboxAvoids playground activities
  13. checkboxUnable to settle down, sleep difficulties
  14. checkboxDislikes coloring in lines, doing puzzles or cutting with scissors
  15. checkboxDoes not enjoy jumping, swings or having feet off the ground

*Adapted from OTA Watertown with permission (2005)