Helping to Build Your Child Through Speech and Motor Play

Parents sometimes have a difficult time discerning whether or not their child may need therapy. These are some questions we hear quite frequently regarding children.


·         My child is not talking yet. Is that normal?

·         I can understand my child’s speech but others have trouble understanding him/her. Should I be concerned?

·         I think my child’s speech is difficult to understand. Is that normal for his/her age?

·         My child seems to withdraw and doesn’t interact well with other people.

·         My child does not seem to know the “right” things to say at the “right” times.

·         My child is having trouble with spelling. The classroom teacher said maybe he/she is not hearing or processing the words correctly.

·         I think my child might be stuttering, but I’m not sure.

·         My child doesn’t follow directions well. I’m not sure if he/she doesn’t hear me, or is being stubborn or if he/she doesn’t understand my directions.

·         My child can’t seem to think of the words he/she wants to say.

·         Someone in my family thinks my child needs therapy, but I’m not sure.

·         My child is a very picky eater. Can therapy help with that?

·         My child repeats everything he hears. Why is he/she doing that? 

Motor Skills/ Self Help:

·         My child is not crawling/walking yet and other children his/her age. Do I need to be concerned?

·         My child falls frequently and doesn’t seem to have good balance.

·         My child is having trouble riding his/her tricycle.

·         Climbing stairs is hard for my child.

·         My child stumbles frequently when he/she runs.

·         My child just seems weak compared to other children the same age.

·         My child cannot use scissors.

·         Holding a pencil is hard for my child.

·         My child hates doing art projects at school because he/she thinks his/she is not good at them.

·         My child’s fine motor movements appear awkward to me.

·         My child does not enjoy playground equipment.

·         My child has a hard time dressing and/or sequencing motor actions

Sensory/ Perception:

·         My child is very easily distracted.

·         My child can’t change from one activity to another without distress.

·         My child avoids eye contact and seems to prefer objects or toys to people.

·         My child does not like to be touched.

·         My child does not like touching certain textures.

·         My child is always bumping into things.

·         My child seems to crave movement.

·         My child does not react to pain.

·         My child is fearful of new activities.

Do any of these concerns sound familiar to you? We would love to talk to you about any concerns you have for your child. We can help you find answers to these and any other questions you may have about your child’s development.