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What is Occupational Therapy 

Occupational Therapists treat using a person's occupation. A child's occupation is play therefore we use fun and purposeful activities to develop skills. An Occupational Therapist looks at a child holistically and incorporates the family, community and school in their treatment approach. An OT builds on a child's strengths and weaknesses to work towards independences in all areas of occupation. 

Who we serve 

OT's work with children with a range of difficulties; some of those include: 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder 

  • Neurodevelopmental conditions

  • Sensory integration and processing difficulties

  • Motor planning difficulties (dyspraxia)

  • ADHD

  • Genetic conditions

  • School related challenges including handwriting, drawing and cutting 

  • Emotional regulation

  • Maintaining good postural tone 

  • Dyslexia and dyscalculia 

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What to look out for

There are some signs your child might require an OT assessment, some areas of difficulty include: 

  • Sitting at a desk and focusing in class

  • Fine motor skills such as using a ruler and a pair of scissors.

  • Initiating, executing and completing a task independently 

  • Regulating their emotional state 

  • Organisation of workspace 

  • Following instructions 

  • Dysfunctional coping mechanisms such as nail biting, taping or scratching 

  • Impulsivity and distractibility 

  • Life skills tasks such as dressing, toileting, bathing, fussy eating, assisting in the home and being independent 

  • Coping with change 

  • Co-ordinating body movements on the playground

  • Playfulness and type of play 

  • Social participation with others at school and home

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