Occupational Therapy can help children who are having difficulty with one or more of the “occupations” of childhood.
The Occupations of a child include:
- Developing skilled use of their hands and tools through play activities
- Learning to play through the development of fine motor skills, cognitive skills and social skills
- Learning self care skills such as feeding, toilet training, dressing
- Learning at childcare, kindy and school
Our Occupational Therapists (OTs) can help children with mild difficulties as well as children with complex and severe conditions. Intervention is individualized to suit the child and the family’s needs. With very young children intervention is often delivered using play activities which are based on an in depth understanding of child development and evidence based practice.
When difficulties are related to kindy and school readiness or school performance, therapy may focus on the development of specific skills including:
- Fine motor skills
- Attention and focus skills
- Eye hand coordination skills
- Imaginative play skills
- Visual perceptual skills
- Scissor skills
- Handwriting skills
When required the OTs assess a child’s sensory processing and teach parents practical skills to use at home to help regulate their child’s response to environmental stimuli. For example, helping parents cope with fussy eaters, children who have “tactile” defensiveness or children who have difficulty focusing and learning in a busy and noisy environment.
Specialised equipment may be recommended such as seating, bathing equipment, eating utensils, writing aids and technology. In most cases equipment is trialed prior to prescription to ensure the solution “fits” with the child and family and maximises the child’s participation and independence.
All our OTs have experience in consulting with teachers and work closely with Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Pathologists to ensure that therapy is an integrated, meaningful and enjoyable experience for the child and family.