Early signs that mothers should pay attention to and seek medical advice for their children

Occupational Therapy (OT) plays a crucial role in early childhood development by helping children achieve their full potential and overcome any obstacles in their growth and daily functioning. Mothers, in particular, should be vigilant in observing their children’s development and seek medical advice if they notice any early signs of potential issues that could benefit from occupational therapy intervention.

One of the key areas to monitor is motor skills development. Delays in milestones such as sitting up, crawling, walking, and fine motor skills like grasping objects can indicate underlying issues.

Occupational therapists can assess and develop individualized plans to help children improve these skills through targeted exercises and activities.

Sensory processing is another important aspect of child development. If a child exhibits unusual responses to sensory stimuli, such as being overly sensitive to loud noises or textures, or not responding appropriately to their surroundings, it may be a sign of sensory processing disorder. Occupational therapists can provide strategies to help children regulate their sensory experiences.

Communication and social interaction are also areas where early intervention is crucial. Delays in speech and language development or difficulties engaging with peers may indicate developmental challenges. OT can help children improve their communication and social skills through play-based activities and structured interactions.

Mothers should also be mindful of their child’s ability to perform daily tasks such as dressing, feeding, and hygiene independently. Difficulties in these areas can impact a child’s self-esteem and independence. Occupational therapists can provide support and training to improve these daily living skills.

Early detection and intervention are key to addressing developmental concerns and helping children thrive. Mothers should trust their instincts and seek medical advice if they notice any signs of developmental delays or difficulties in their children. With the support of occupational therapy, children can receive the guidance and assistance they need to grow and develop to their fullest potential.


By: Eqab Albadarneh

Senior Occupational Therapist & Clinical Advisor


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