Occupational therapy can help children understand and work with their bodies so they can perform the basic life skills and tasks required at home and school. Building and strengthening foundation skills such as self-care (dressing, feeding and toileting), coordination, balance and movement and cognitive skills such as concentration and attention that allow your child to get the most they can from their home and school environments.
We treat every child as an individual with a focus on their particular goals. Occupational therapy enhances and develops your child’s skills so they can fully participate in everyday life. Elements occupational therapy focus on are:
Coordination of hands and fingers with the eyes for activities such as handwriting, colouring, cutting, holding cutlery and tying shoelaces.
Development of core strength and large muscles for movement of the whole body that are needed for playground games, sports, balance, coordination, posture, strength and endurance.
Involves the way children receive, interpret and behave to senses. Children can often be under or over-reactive to sound, movement, vision, taste, touch, smell and pressure.
Processing visual information and coordinating that with the appropriate motor actions, e.g., completing a puzzle or copying handwriting.
Understanding where our bodies are in space and how our bodies move e.g., how far to reach for an object or how close to stand to a person.
Provide functional assessments to understand an individual's physical, cognitive, emotional, and environmental factors that may affect their ability to participate in daily activities by working with their strengths, identifying limitations and areas of improvement.
Personalised treatment plans are developed to address the specific needs and goals of our clients to enhance their abilities and independence.
Assist individuals to develop or regain skills necessary for daily living activities such as dressing, bathing, grooming, toileting, and eating, through the learning of alternative techniques, recommend adaptive equipment, or modification over their environment to promote independence.
Our occupational therapists address cognitive impairments such as memory loss, attention deficits, problem-solving difficulties, and perceptual challenges. They use specific techniques, exercises, and compensatory strategies to enhance cognitive skills and promote independent functioning.
We work with individuals who have sensory processing disorders or difficulties in effectively processing and integrating sensory information through employing sensory-based activities and interventions to help individuals regulate and respond appropriately to sensory stimuli.
Our OT’s assess and modify home or school environments to promote safety, accessibility, and independence. They may recommend assistive devices, ergonomic adjustments, or environmental adaptations to accommodate an individual's needs.
Our occupational therapists evaluate, recommend, and train individuals in the use of assistive devices and technologies. These may include mobility aids, or specialised equipment to facilitate engagement in daily activities.