In occupational therapy we look at building the skills children have to access and perform in their daily activities.  Some of the areas we address include:

 Scissors  Rocket  Toothbrush

 

 

  Stripeball        Redbus  Bench

 

 

In occupational therapy we look also at the underlying reasons why children might not be flourishing in their activities.  These underlying components may include:

  • Ability to understand the sensory inputs – this can include managing sensory processing of sound, or touch, as well as motor planning, body awareness, and coordination.  It can also involve assisting children with strategies when things like fidgeting or constant moving around can interrupt learning.
  • Cognitive abilities – this can include attention, memory, planning of activities, organisation, imagination, sequencing activities, and thinking up strategies to make a plan.  It can also involve strategies to manage distractions and strategies to problem solve.
  • Physical abilities – this can include muscle tone, ability to hold a pencil or pen effectively.
  • Personal skills – these can include a child’s resilience, anxiety, stress, enjoyment, confidence.  These can be innate (traits we are born with) or they can be learnt over time. 

 

Our initial assessments involve seeking input from parents/caregivers and teachers, which helps to identify your child’s strengths and areas that might not meet expectations.   The areas that we look at in an assessment vary depending on the areas that we are looking at, but mainly include:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Handwriting
  • Anxiety and resilience
  • Sensory processing
  • Developmental skills
  • School readiness
  • Play skills
  • Social skills
  • Self-care skills
  • Cognitive abilities

Our therapy involves a combination of intervention in our rooms, and also the other environments where your child may be, especially the school and preschool environment, and the home.  It is a team effort and we are here to guide you all the way.