What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy focusses intervention around teaching the child and their families the everyday skills that they need to function and be successful at all the stages of their life.

Does my child need OT?

Occupational Therapy aims to help with any challenges your child may be having, as compared to similar-age children. Indicators that your child could benefit from OT include:


  • trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • easily startled
  • irritable when dressing him/her; seems to be uncomfortable in clothes
  • does not notice pain or is slow to respond when hurt
  • poor muscle tone
  • slow to roll over, creep, sit or stand
  • cannot calm self by sucking on a pacifier, looking at toys, or listening to parent’s voice.
  • resists being held, dislikes cuddles, tense when held
  • dislikes baths
  • extremely active and constantly moving body/limbs or running endlessly


  • overly active, unable to slow down, shifting quickly from one toy/activity to another
  • difficulty learning and/or avoiding performing fine motor tasks such as using crayons and fasteners on clothing
  • appears clumsy, falls frequently
  • bumps into furniture or people, trouble judging body in relation to the space around him/her
  • unsure how to move his/her body in space, is clumsy and awkward
  • says ‘I can’t’ or ‘I won’t’ to age-appropriate activities (self-care or play)
  • dislikes bathing, hugs, haircuts
  • reacts strongly to touch, taste, sound or odor
  • difficulty making friends (overly aggressive or passive/withdrawn)
  • has sudden mood changes and temper tantrums that are unexpected


  • easily distracted in the classroom, often out of his/her seat, fidgety
  • difficulty paying attention or following instructions
  • appears clumsy and stumbles often, slouches in chair
  • in constant motion
  • doesn’t enjoy jumping, swings or having feet off the ground
  • needs more practice than other children to learn new skills
  • reacts strongly to touch, taste, sound or odor
  • difficulty making friends (overly aggressive or passive/withdrawn)
  • poor self-esteem, lack of confidence
  • confuses similar sounding words, misinterprets questions or requests

Diagnosed Conditions such as Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Down’s Syndrome, or Fragile X, Global Developmental Delay (GDD), learning disabilities, and hearing or visual impairments, which may include aspects of all of the above as well as other challenges.

A global assessment with one of our Occupational Therapists can help you to understand any challenges that your child is facing, and look at underlying issues which may be affecting the challenges which are more obvious.

If you are unsure, please feel free to contact us on 02 9418 9995, or by email at info@kidsworldtherapy.com.au, and we will arrange for one of our therapists to speak with you regarding OT and whether this would be beneficial for your child.