Fine Motor Skills
Visual Perception Skills
Behavioural optometrists assess in-depth
visual acuity and oculomotor skill development and some behavioural
optometrists assess visual perception. Please contact a behavioural
optometrist in your local area for more details regarding
their profession and professional expertise.
Visual perception is an area where occupational therapists
and behavioural optometrists may overlap, however on
the Gold Coast KidAbility will liaise with your child's optometry
provider to avoid duplication of services.
Referral between OTs and behavioural optometrists occurs readily
and is an important process in assisting children address weaknesses
with school performance.
Behavioural optometrists do not have expertise in fine motor
skill development, and the motor mechanics of writing such
as pencil grasp and letter formation is not covered by behavioural
optometry assessments and treatment.
Occupational therapists have expertise in writing tool prescription
and hence can prescribe pencil grips, pencils and pens as appropriate.
OTs cannot prescribe spectacles for students. Behavioural
optometrists provide expertise in spectacle prescription and
other visual aids.