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Occupational Therapy

occupational thumbOccupational therapy improves coordination, fine motor abilities, visual motor skills, sensory processing, self-help skills. Areas addressed include upper extremity strength, picking up objects, grasping, using utensils to eat, buttoning a shirt, zipping, using a cup to drink, cutting with scissors, holding pencil/crayon, writing, drawing, sensory processing and modulation skills…

The following is a developmental checklist* for fine motor skills and self-help skills. These are broad guidelines for child development in these areas that can be helpful in understanding what to expect. Please remember, each child grows and develops at different rates.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s development in any of these areas, please talk with your child’s doctor or call us at 214-227-5333.

By 1 month your child should be able to:
  • Reflexive grasp
  • Regard colorful object momentarily
  • Turn toward your finger when you rub a corner of mouth (this is baby’s rooting instinct)
By 2 months your child should be able to:
  • Visually follow objects
  • Inspect hands
  • Move arms on sight of toy
  • Grasp object
  • Bring hands together
  • Suck well from breast or bottle
  • Drink two to three ounces in 20-minutes,6-8 times per day
  • Coordinate sucking, swallowing and breathing without coughing
By 4 months your child should be able to:
  • Grasp rattle
  • See a toy and reaches for it
  • Bring hands to mouth
  • Pat bottle
  • Take small amount of infant cereal/baby food without gagging
By 6 months your child should be able to:
  • Reach and grasp objects
  • Watch adult scribble
  • Drop object
  • Bang object on table
  • Place both hands on bottle
By 9 months your child should be able to:
  • Rake to pick up small object
  • Clap
  • Transfer object hand to hand
  • Hold an object in each hand
  • Point to desired object
  • Release objects voluntarily
  • Repeatedly drop objects
  • Finger feed (cracker)
  • Begin chewing in up and down pattern
  • Eat strained (soft) vegetables and fruits, without excessive spillage
By 12 months your child should be able to:
  • Bang two objects held in hands
  • Put objects in container
  • Take objects out of container
  • Point with index finger
  • Throw objects
  • Remove shape from puzzle / formboard
  • Extend arm/ leg to dress
  • Pull off socks
  • Start to drink from a cup
By 15 months your child should be able to:
  • Scribble
  • Put block in cup
  • Enjoy messy play
  • Stack two blocks
  • Eat soft cooked ground meats
  • Bring spoon to mouth
  • Hold handled cup
By 18 months your child should be able to:
  • Imitate
  • One hand hold object, other manipulates
  • Place 2 or more shapes in puzzle
  • Can help undress self
  • Drink from cup
  • Eat with spoon
  • Indicate when wet or soiled
By 2 years your child should be able to:
  • Imitate vertical line
  • Imitate folding paper
  • Turn pages of a book
  • Activate mechanical toy
  • Stack 4 or more blocks
  • Unzip, zip
  • Begin to pull off own clothes
  • Turn door knob
  • Help put things away
By 3 years your child should be able to:
  • String beads
  • Snip with safety scissors
  • Imitate a cross
  • Copy a circle
  • Sort/match shapes and colors
  • Do puzzles with 3 or 4 pieces
  • Work toys with buttons, levers or moving parts
  • Know proper place for things
  • Potty trained for daytime
  • Button three or four buttons in a row
  • Use fork
  • Wash hands
By 4 years your child should be able to:
  • Lace through holes
  • Grasp pencil similar to an adult
  • Draw a cross
  • Cut on line
  • Imitate block designs
  • Start to copy some capital letters
  • Unbutton / button
  • Put shoes on correct feet
  • Turn faucet on/off
By 5 years your child should be able to:
  • Show hand preference
  • Copy triangle and other shapes
  • Cut out shapes
  • Trace letters and designs
  • Begin to write name
  • Use fork and spoon
  • Brush own teeth
  • Dress self independently
  • Begin to tie shoes

We accept Traditional Medicaid, Superior, Amerigroup, Parkland CHIP, and Parkland KIDSfirst.
Please call our office at 214-227-5333 for the current list of insurances and other payment options.

* This information is compiled from the following sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, Emory University

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