Category Archives: Occupational Therapy

Early Childhood Evaluation

We are often asked, “When is the best time to evaluate my child?”  Current research stresses the importance of early identification and intervention.  Assessment is the first step in identifying the specific developmental needs of a child.  Once determined, proper interventions can be implemented.  Because the young brain is more flexible, proper intervention at an early age creates lasting effects on brain development.

What is an early childhood evaluation?

An early childhood evaluation is specialized for children between the ages of 1-5 years old, and includes:

  • Formal testing in language, motor skills, cognitive functioning, social behavior and communication
  • School and/or home observation
  • Analysis of environmental, medical and developmental factors that contribute to the overall picture
  • Collaboration with school and other medical professionals when needed

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How To Sit In School

  • Does your child have difficulty sitting upright in a “crisscross applesauce” position
  • Does your child fidget constantly or have trouble sitting still?
  • Does the teacher complain that your child bumps into peers during circle time at school?

What is low tone?

A child with low tone may appear floppy with loose joints and display poor posture, attention, or alertness.  The child may be late learning to sit and walk, avoid typical childhood outdoor play such as monkey bars, appear cautious engaging in new physical activities, tire easily, or have difficulty with sustained posture in sitting, drawing, and handwriting. Continue reading