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School Related Concerns

There is NO reason for your child to be labeled or stigmatized as a child with behavioral issues. Let us help you advocate for your child by educating the teacher(s)/staff on how to play to your child’s strengths and teaching them on how to interpret, reframe and successfully address their areas of need.

If your child is in a private school, our therapists (OT, SLP and Social Workers) can go into your child’s classroom on a weekly basis and facilitate social interactions (SW’s), prescribe and execute sensory diets and/or practice fine motor skills (OT’s) and work on speech/language and social pragmatics concerns (SLP’s).

If your child attend public school, our therapists can go into the school on a consultation basis and collaborate with the staff to address your child’s current needs.

Is your child’s teacher concerned about one or more of the following?

 

  • Struggles with cutting, writing, forming letters, holding/manipulating fine motor utensils

  • Struggles with keeping materials/supplies organized (folders, lockers, desk, backpack…)

  • Forgets homework/ does not turn in assignments

  • Can’t seem to follow verbal directions in class

  • Sitting still/ seems “on the go”

  • Has difficulties tolerating changes in plans/routines/expectations

  • Sitting and joining/participating in circle time/group activities

  • Constantly moves around, spins, seeks a good deal of input

  • Seems clumsy and uncoordinated

  • Is clumsy and awkward in his/her movements

  • Misses written and demonstrated directions frequently

  • Can’t seem to initiate or come up with ideas when asked to

  • Hums, whistles, sings/makes noises throughout the day

  • Holds hands over ears

  • Has a hard time “watching” during instruction (even though he/she is likely listening)

  • Avoids eye contact

  • Startles easily

  • Social and/or emotional concerns at school

  • Slouches/slumps/sprawls in their chair or rests head on table during seatwork

  • Fidgets with anything they can get their hands on

  • Gets up and moves around more than other students

  • Seems withdrawn from peers and activities

  • Has a hard time making and sustaining friendships

  • Has a hard time with physical activities

  • Comes too close to other’s personal space/has a hard time standing in line

  • Avoids getting messy OR does not register when he/she is messy

  • If your child’s teacher has raised some concerns about one or more of the above bullet points, an occupational therapy evaluation is highly recommended. 

  • Not talking

  • Not understanding verbal directions

  • Not able to answer questions

  • Unintelligible speech (hard to understand-articulation issues)

  • Fluency of speech concerns (i.e. stuttering)

If your child’s teacher(s) are raising any of the above concerns, please call us today to discuss:

  1. Setting up a school observation

  2. Teacher/Therapist Consultation and Collaboration

  3. IEP/504 Plan alterations & modifications