Occupational Therapy focuses on developing a persons skills and increasing their ability to do the things they need to be able to do. Occupation refers to the everyday activities that an individual participates in to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to their lives.
OT aims to develop skills or make modifications the environment to allow a person to be independent in all aspects of their lives.
Occupations include things people need to, want to or are expected to do. Some occupations for children include:
- Self-Care (dressing, toileting, feeding, sleeping)
- Learning (gross and fine motor skills, prep-readiness, academic skills)
- Socialising and Making Friends
No, you can access OT by contacting us via email or phone. If you are planning on using any of the funding options mentioned in “Services” they will need to be prearranged for eg. You will need to have accessed an “EPC” prior to commencing the first session you wish to claim or have obtained a “Letter of Introduction” to utilise the FaHCSIA package.
This is a tough one as there is definitely nothing “typical” across sessions as they are all individualised based on each childs needs.
Parent Education: Equipping parents with the knowledge and confidence they require to encourage their child to utilise their new skiils within environments outside of OT sessions.
Areas addressed by OT include:
- Gross Motor Skills: (including running, jumping, climbing, core strength)
- Fine Motor Skills (writing, cutting, manipulating objects in hand, control, strength and dexterity)
- Sensory Processing (The way in which a child receives and responds to sensory messages absorbed through sights, sounds, touch, tastes, smells, movement)
- Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s): Dressing, Feeding, Toileting, Hygiene, Sleep
- Cognitive Skills: (planning, attention and concentration, prep readiness, learning)
- Managing Challenging Behaviours.