Our expert says:
In South Africa, Occupational Therapists seem to be venturing into terrritories way outside their training and expertise, especially with regard to children. Far too often I hear of parents pushed by schools into taking their child to an OT for ADHD or other psycho-neurological problems, diagnosed ( as it should not be ) by a teacher, and NOT something ever needing to be treated by an OT.
Your daughter is her age. There is some minor variation in social maturity and confidence among children,, but they are not, especially if the school is any good, "too young". OT couldn't possibly help. If there were concerns that the child has serious neurological or psychological impairment, obviously she'd need a neurologist or psychologist, but not an OT.
In your situation, this is probably an entirely normal and healthy child - try another school, and if they come up with a similar dodgy diagnosis ( no teacher or OT is trained to make any proper physical or psychological diagnosis in a child or adult, for that matter )then ask them to explain it, and to give it to you in writing, with their reasoning, so you can check it with your paediatrician and lawyer.
If there are continuing mild concerns about whether yopur child is school-ready ( which is really a personal and subjective assesment, and not scientific as any school does it ) why not see a Paediatrician who is used to assessing children of all ages, and should be able to give a good expert opinion.
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