Pediatricians often tell parents to wait and see before seeking a speech and language, occupational or physical therapy evaluation. But is that always the best advice?
Is your child meeting all their milestones?
We’ve rounded up these resources for you to track your child’s development in the way he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves.
- CDC Milestone Online Checklist
- CDC Milestone Tracker App
- 16 Gestures by Six Months
- Infant Toddler Connection of Virginia’s Developmental Checklist
- Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised (M-CHAT-R)
- Little Hands Sound Development Guide
- Articulation and Sound Development Chart
- Phonological Processes Chart
What therapies might be helpful for my child?
If we had a nickel for every time someone asked us what occupational therapy was… Here’s a rundown on each of the Little Hands therapies and how they could help your child.
What our parents say they wish they knew before they started speech therapy with their child.
How do I know if my child needs occupational therapy?
Here are five clues:
- Missing developmental milestones – These may be seen during the baby stage such as crawling, walking or sitting or in achieving social and learning skills for school-age children.
- Fine motor difficulties – If your child has trouble with these small movements, they could have issues holding a pencil, using scissors, eating with utensils or playing with toys with small pieces like a puzzle.
- Gross motor difficulties – Larger movement concerns involve a child’s balance and coordination and could affect things like going up and down stairs, jumping or riding a bike.
- Sensory concerns – Some children are overly sensitive to the sights, sounds, touch, taste and smells of their environment.
- Difficulties with ADLs – Occupational therapy may be needed to help children with their “Activities of Daily Living” such as dressing themselves or brushing their teeth.