What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy - Supporting Kids and Families

In essence, our role as Occupational Therapists is to provide assistance for children with learning and developmental issues. 

Our aim is to help children to function at home, in play, and in their learning environment confidently and independently. We also support families by working with parents and teachers providing strategies for home and kinder or school to promote the child's development and independence. 

If you or your child's teacher or GP has noticed that something is amiss in terms of your child’s development, then an Occupational Therapist may be able to work with your child to help him/her improve their skills and confidence in specific areas.

Building confidence and skills using the Flying Fox and Climbing Wall in the Sensory Gym.

 

Areas In Which an OT May be Able to Assist Your Child

We may be able to assist your child if you have noticed that they:

Sensory Processing - display sensitivities (or have "melt-downs") when they are exposed to certain textures, clothes or food. They may have issues with processing sensory input which could be contributing to their ability to self-regulate when modulating sensory input. 

Academic –  underachieve or have difficulties concentrating at school;

Behavioural – struggle to settle at school, are easily distracted or have problems with anxiety or socialising;

Daily Living Tasks – have organisational or co-ordination problems resulting in them struggling with everyday tasks like dressing and eating;

Co-ordination and Physical Development –  struggle with movement and co-ordination when catching a ball or playing on playground equipment. 

Handwriting Issues – have difficulty with forming letters which can point to problems with fine motor skills. 

Emotional Behaviour – suffer from anxiety, mood disturbances, extreme anger, or have tantrums and "meltdowns" frequently. These are common in younger children, but the extent and intensity of these tantrums and emotional outbursts may be indicative of a deeper problem. 

The good news is all of the above issues can be addressed by a qualified Occupational Therapist. We love seeing the change in children that we work with and in assisting them to achieve their full potential.

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