ARE YOU CONCERNED about your School Aged Child?

Sometimes it is when a child starts school that parents/caregivers and teachers become concerned about their development. Concerns that may arise include:

Difficulties with language/communication:

  • Not able to follow directions
  • Seems to take a long time to process information
  • Not able to carry on a simple conversation

Difficulties with academic learning:

  • Early academic skills (math, reading or printing/writing)
  • Paying attention and focussing
  • Holding a pencil, printing and other fine motor tasks
  • Planning and organizational skills that consistently get in the way of completing age-appropriate tasks

Difficulties with Social Interactions:

  • Eye contact
  • Not able to read social cues
  • Use of non-verbal communication (gestures)
  • Playing too aggressively or controlling the play without flexibility
  • Social withdrawal

Difficulties with Emotional Well-Being:

  • Worrying that gets in the way of doing everyday tasks and activities
  • Poor sleeping
  • Social withdrawal
  • Emotional reactivity and sudden, unpredictable changes in mood
  • Complaining about physical health when nothing is wrong

Difficulties with day-to-day routines:

  • Toileting
  • Excessive pickiness and limited food preferences
  • Transitions and changes in routines
  • Engaging in routines or behaviours that are repetitive

If you are concerned:

Talk to your family doctor or pediatrician. Talk to your child’s teachers, school support staff and/or school counselor.

Meeting with a professional to discuss your concerns may provide clarity on the issues and next steps for assessment and/or intervention.

Contact our clinic, as we would be happy to provide consultation and assessment as needed.