What are the behaviours

  • Avoids “messy” materials in play (play-doh, glue, paint, sand)
  • Dislikes the feeling to certain clothing
  • Dislikes standing in line and unexpected touch or touch in general
  • Doesn’t register pain as others do (eg. Doesn’t notice bleeding until mentioned by others)
  • Hesitates to climb or play with equipment that moves
  • Seeks out spinning and jumping a lot
  • Becomes motion sick easily
Body Awareness
  • Clumsy, accident prone, bumps into people and things
  • Lacks co-ordination
  • Difficulty imitating postures
  • Misses part/all verbal instructions often
  • Fearful of noises that don’t bother others (e.g. planes, vacuum, hair dryers, sirens)
  • Distracted by noises not noticed by others
  • Easily visually distracted
  • Overwhelmed in visually stimulating environments (eg shopping malls, supermarkets)
  • Distressed by smells not distressing to others (eg perfume, cleaning products)
  • Constantly mouths non-food objects (eg sweaters, toys)
  • Very picky eater (texture based)
  • History of poor feeding/irregular hunger patterns
General Self Regulation
  • Difficulty accepting change in routine
  • Lacks organisation in tasks
  • Appears to know what he/she wants to do, but can’t “get it together”
  • Rapid and extreme mood and activity level changes
  • Difficulty calming after exciting activity/fidgets a lot
  • Difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep/irregular sleep or hunger patterns
  • Finds excuses to wander during seated time (school; desk work, home; dinner table)
  • Day dreamy, hard to motivate
  • Difficulty sustaining concentration
Gross Motor
  • Clumsy, trips often, bumps into people and things, knocks things over
  • Slumped posture when sitting at the table
  • Walk on toes
  • Can’t sit/stand still, fidgets a lot
  • Dislikes using playground equipment / PE lessons
  • Difficulty catching, throwing and/or kicking balls
Fine Motor
  • Awkward pencil grip
  • Presses too hard when writing/breaks the pencil lead often
  • Poor tracing, writing, cutting, pasting skills
  • Swaps dominant hands when performing tasks
  • Doesn’t use the non-dominant hand to assist in activities (eg doesn’t stabilise the paper when writing)
  • Trouble handling small objects
  • Slow in completing set tasks
  • Difficulty opening school lunch box/other containers
  • Difficulty tying shoelaces
  • Takes a long time to complete basic self-care tasks
  • Trouble orienting clothes properly when getting dressed
  • Trouble doing up fastenings when dressing (buttons, zips, press studs)
  • Messy eater
  • Attempts to control/direct play with peers, very rule bound
  • Tends to play the same game repeatedly rather than try new activities
  • Has trouble staying with one toy/activity for long
  • Prefers play with older or younger children than age peers
  • Plays beside rather than with peers
Learning Social and Emotional Behaviours
  • Fearful of new situations
  • Lacks confidence
  • Disorganised, messy
  • Has difficulty accepting change in routine with ease
  • Becomes easily frustrated
  • Short attention span, often impulsive
  • Difficulty starting or completing assignments
  • Difficulty planning and sequencing tasks
  • Difficulty copying from the blackboard
  • Easily loses place when reading or writing.