Teacher Checklist

Does a student in your class need Occupational Therapy or Extra Lesson?

3 – 6 Age Group

Difficulties in three or more of the following areas may indicate your child may benefit from Occupational Therapy:

  • Immature drawing or avoids drawing
  • Difficulty with cutting, tearing, gluing and threading
  • Awkward pencil grasp or sore hands when drawing
  • Has not developed a consistent dominant hand.
  • Difficulty maintaining an upright posture at mat time
  • Constant wriggling at mat time.
  • Difficulty learning alphabet for some time after it has been introduced
  • Appears not to hear and follow instruction
  • Difficulty learning a new task
  • Disorganised, loses things
  • Clumsy or awkward
  • Falls a lot, carries lots of bumps and scrapes
  • Poor stamina and endurance
  • Finds it hard to attend and concentrate
  • Day dreamy, under-responsive
  • ‘Always on the go’, fidgety behaviour
  • Overly emotional, hypersensitive or anxious
  • Avoids messy play or constantly seeking messy play
  • Over-reacts to light touch
  • Over-reacts to loud noises
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Difficulty with self-care (eg toileting, pulling up clothing, shoe laces)
  • Play skills different to others
  • Interacts with others through crash and bang or pulls away from social interaction.
  • Unaware of others personal space
  • Speaks either too loud or too soft
  • Controls his play and his environment

School Age

Does a Child in My Class need Occupational Therapy? Difficulties in three or more of the following areas may indicate your child would benefit from Occupational Therapy:

  • Difficulty keeping up with peers
  • Avoids reading and handwriting tasks
  • Awkward pencil grip, poor fine motor skills.
  • Skips lines as he/she reads.
  • Difficulty maintaining an upright posture, even in sitting
  • Difficulty remembering and following instructions
  • Clumsy or awkward
  • Poor balance, lack of coordination
  • History of ear infections
  • Poor stamina and endurance
  • Difficulties maintaining attention and concentration
  • Day dreamy, under-responsive
  • ‘Always on the go’, fidgety behaviour
  • Easily distracted
  • Overly emotional, hypersensitive or anxious
  • Avoids messy play, seeks messy play
  • Crash and burn child, sensory seeker
  • Over-reacts to light touch
  • Over-reacts to loud noises
  • Play skills different to others
  • Difficulty with holding and keeping friends
  • Unaware of others personal space
  • Speaks either too loud or too soft
  • Controls his play and his environment

 High School

Does a student in your class need Occupational Therapy or Extra Lesson? Most teachers know when a student needs intervention but often the dilemma is which form of intervention to recommend and when. Occupational Therapy may be indicated when there is a cluster of three or more of these signs:

  • Difficulty with attention and concentration
  • Fidgety behaviour, difficulty sitting still.
  • Poor fine motor skills, scissor skills and or handwriting
  • ‘Slouching’ posture especially at the desk
  • Distracted or easily led by others in the class
  • Poor coordination
  • Tends to stand back rather than participate
  • Fearful, anxious
  • Demonstrating sensory signs such as under or over responsivity to sensory input.
  • Presents as younger than his or her age
  • Not performing as well as you would have expected.
  • Poor organizational skills (eg use of diary, homework)
  • Auditory processing difficulty.
  • Poor awareness of him/herself on others
  • Pre-existing conditions of hypermobility syndrome, autism, ADHD
  • Needing fine motor assessment for WACE exams .