Adults and children are different when it comes to detecting if the individual are in need of an occupational therapist, below are things to look for to be tell tale signs that seeking our an occupational therapist woudl help!
If you are an adult, do you have difficulty with:
For Children, do you notice the following with your child?
Remember that it is only considered as possibly problematic if this behaviour is not commonly seen in the child’s peers (i.e. This behaviour needs to stand out as different from other children in his/her class. ) If the behaviour is culturally appropriate and considered healthy (no risk of harm to the child or others) then it does not need to be addressed.
These behaviours may or may not resolve with time. The Occupational Therapist will evaluate and address these flagged behaviours and if it is deemed necessary develop an intervention plan. Consent must be given by the client/guardian for this assessment and intervention plan.
Lisa Dennis has been an occupational therapist since 1999 working with a diverse clientele. She has extensive experience in community home-care in Quebec and Ontario with the adult and geriatric population with physical disabilities. She has spent 4 years working in northern Labrador offering mental health and addictions services as well as school pediatric interventions with aboriginal youth-at-risk aged 6 to 24 years