School Age Children

School Age Children

Are you concerned about your child’s learning ability?

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I am often asked when school-aged children should see an Occupational Therapist.
In 20+ years of experience as an Occupational Therapist, I’ve worked with parents, teachers, caregivers and other therapists, to help them help the children they love, learn age appropriate skills and overcome the challenges they face.

I’ve designed this eBook as a screening tool to help indicate when Occupational Therapy can help a school aged child.

If you are concerned that your child is not learning developmentally appropriate skills, the list contained in the eBook identify the most common problems faced by children. This is where an Occupational Therapist can help your child learn developmentally appropriate and school-related skills.

The first step is to review the lists and identify if you your child is faced with any of the challenges listed. If so, an Occupational Therapist should be called to assess the situation. Occupational Therapists have received extensive training in creating solutions and teaching children to overcome the developmental challenges.

As you go though the lists, it’s helpful to understand what what Occupational Therapists do and how we help with the occupations of children. The occupations of school-aged children include a balance of active and passive play, solitary and peer play, sleep, daily living skills like dressing, toileting, grooming, bathing and eating, education, schooling and learning, as well as social skills.

Occupational Therapists help school-aged children prepare for learning and school as well as performing in school. Occupational Therapists support both academic and non-academic goals in the areas of social skills, math, reading, literacy, handwriting behavior, recess, gym, school sports, self-care and self-help skills, prevocational and vocational preparation.
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Christel Seeberger
BSc.O.T., OT(c), OTR, OTReg.(NB)


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