​Visual Skills

Sensory / Motor

Preschool Age 

Fine Motor Skills


​Fine Motor

If Your Child Is Demonstrating Some Of The Following, Occupational Therapy Might Be Beneficial.

*Difficulty with any of the above visual skills

*Difficulty finding own errors and self correcting work

*Avoids getting messy

*Hesitant to climb on playground equipment

*Continues to mouth toys or objects

*Over Sensitive  to sounds (covers ears)

*Doesn't play or interact with other children as well as other peers

*Becomes overstimulated in busy environments

*Has a hard time transitioning between activities

*Difficulty sitting still 

*Difficulty participating in age appropriate group activities

​*Does not get dizzy or appears to get dizzy too easily 

​*Picky eater or does not eat certain textures of food

​Self Care

Elementary School Age

Fine Motor Skills

Self Care

*Difficulty using a spoor or cuppy

*Difficulty dressing self 

​Sensory / Motor

*Not meeting developmental milestones

*Not reaching for or playing with toys

​*Difficulty manipulating small objects

​Visual Skills

​*Difficulty with spacing between letters and words and position of words on lines​

*Difficulty copying from the board

*Letter or word reversal

*Loses place when reading

*Difficulty with mazes

*Difficulty with word find

*Difficulty with visual tracking or visual attention

*Difficulty with puzzles

Middle School and High School Age

​Fine Motor

Infants and Toddlers ​​


*Difficulty holding pencil correctly

*Hand tires easily

*Hand hurts when writing

*Difficulty copying letters and words

*Lacks well established hand dominance

*Difficulty drawing pictures

*Difficulty coloring or cutting

*Difficulty writing

​Sensory / Motor


*Unable to independently dress and groom self

​*Unable to open bottles, jars, packets, and containers

​Sensory / Motor


*Appears fearful of movement or needs unusual amount of movement to be calm

*Difficulty with transitions

*Overstimulated by busy environments

*Over sensitive to loud sounds

*Doesn't play or interact with other children 

*More active then other children of the same age

*Becomes upset when dirty or during messy play

*Avoids playground equipment

*Does not appear to get dizzy or appears to get dizzy to easily

*Picky eater or does not transition to new textures

​self Care

*Difficulty with any of the above sensory or motor skills​

*Very disorganized: frequently misplaces school work

*Excessive need for movement

*Withdraws from touch

​*Fatigues easily

*Difficulty manipulating small toys (stringing beads, stacking blocks)

*Difficulty with or dislikes puzzles

*Continues to scribble without details 

*Continues to hold a crayon in a fisted or gross grasp

*Coloring and / or eating using the had on the side where the utensil is placed

*Difficulty cutting with scissors after age 4​​

*​Difficulty typing shoes

*Difficulty dressing self, including fasteners

*Difficulty with grooming

*Difficulty using a spoon and fork

*Difficulty with any of the above fine motor skills

*Difficulty learning to type

*Difficulty opening packets and containers

*Writing takes much longer than classmates

*Handwriting not legible

*Tendency to confuse left and right

*Poor desk posture

*Becomes easily frustrated

*Difficulty sitting still

*Difficulty keeping hands to self

*Difficulty transitioning between activities

*Bumping into or crashing into items or people

*Avoids crowded situations or environments

*Fearful of movment or excessive craving of movement

*Makes excessive noise or is over sensitive to sound

*Easily distracted


​*Difficulty coordinating motor activities (difficulty with jumping jacks or riding a bike)

*Does not get dizzy or appears to get dizzy too easily 

*Picky eater or does not eat certain textures of food