What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy (OT) is a health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. Paediatric OTs enable children to successfully participate in their every day life occupations by providing fun and motivating activities to develop skills.
How can we help your child?
We know that in order for children to learn new skills, sessions have to be fun, motivating and engaging. Every child is provided with an individualised program that promotes skill development.
If your child is having difficulties mastering skills appropriate for their age or finding it challenging to learn new concepts and retain information at school, OT may be helpful.
Common difficulty areas that OT can assist with include:
• Handwriting (messy writing, formations, reversals, speed)
• Gross motor skills (balance, swimming, riding a bike, sport)
• Fine motor skills (cutting, pencil control)
• Play (moves quickly from one activity to the next, repetitive with play, difficulty taking turns and sharing with peers)
• Behaviour (emotional, anxious, aggressive)
• Attention (impulsive, easily distracted, difficulty following instructions)
• Sensory processing (sensitive to noise, dislikes messy play, difficulty sitting still)
• Grooming (tolerating having hair or nails cut, hair washed)
• Dressing (buttons, zips, shoe laces)
• Feeding (food range, cutlery use)
• Toileting (constipation, fearfulness)
Who do we work with?
Children between the ages of 3-18 years who experience a range of learning difficulties including:
- Intellectual impairment
- Developmental delay
- Mild learning difficulties
Do I require a referral?
Your child does not require a diagnosis or referral to access our services.
What funding options are available?
- Private Health Cover
- Medicare Rebates
- Government HCWA funding
What can I expect?
- Initial phone call: You will speak directly with an Occupational Therapist who can discuss services for your child.
- Assessment: This appointment includes a parent interview, standardised assessments and structured observations. Following the assessment a full written report is compiled.
- Follow up parent consultation: Scheduled one week after the assessment. This provides opportunity to go through the assessment findings, discuss strategies to assist your child and devise a future plan.
- Individualised treatment sessions: An individualised treatment outline is developed that specifically targets your child’s therapy goals. Parents are provided with strategies for home. We can also liaise with teachers in Kindy/School settings to ensure transference of strategies.