Areas that parents often identify as requiring support:
Social Skills: personal space, making friends, perspective taking
Heightened Emotional Responses: size of the problem vs. size of the response
Overly Sensitive to Sensory Input (sounds, touch, taste, movement, etc.)
Seeking Out Sensory Input (crashing, spinning, deep pressure, mouthing objects, etc.)
Attention: whole body listening, gaining attention, maintaining attention, following multi-step instructions
Play Skills: imaginary play, turn-taking, sharing
Activities of Daily Living: dressing, feeding, toileting, grooming
Executive Functioning: attentional control, inhibitory control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility, reasoning, problem solving, and planning
Fine Motor Skills: colouring, drawing, pre-printing shapes, printing, handwriting, scissor skills, using 2 hands together
Mental Health & Well-Being: anxiety, depression, bullying, childhood trauma
What will therapy look like?
Play-Based Sessions: playful sessions where social skills &/or fine motor skills are targeted
Sensory Sessions: a "bottom up" approach where the child experiences movement, deep pressure, yoga, vibration, etc. to encourage self-regulation.
Task-Analysis: breaking down each task into components, practicing each component to achieve success at the whole skill, often with backward chaining used to achieve success where the child finishes the final step of a task, and then the final 2 steps of a task, etc.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: a "top down" approach where the child explores the "why" behind the "what" of tricky tasks & problem-solves with support to tackle the skill