Helping children perform at their best...

Occupational therapists are the trained to assess your child's motor skills, sensory needs and thinking skills.  They will be able to address any concerns you have and organise therapy sessions to suit your child's specific needs.

 

How We Can Help

Indications your child might have issues that requirement therapy, include difficulty with any of the following tasks:

  • Completing daily activities such as feeding, toileting, dressing, shoe tying or bike riding.
  • Fine motor control and coordination, grasp and handwriting.
  • Gross Motor including muscle control & coordination in physical activities such as climbing, running, walking or throwing.
  • Processing sensory information such as touch, smell, taste, movement or sight. Children with challenges in this area can be either over-responsive or under-responsive to sensation and may be seen as being overactive and risk-taking through to very quiet and withdrawn.
  • Visual perceptual, for example having difficulty processing visual information and matching this to something meaningful. Visual perception is very important for learning to read, copy, have good hand-eye coordination or complete any number of activities.
  • Learning, for example remembering things, planning, problem-solving or organisation.
  • Emotional, sensory or behavioural regulation, for example remaining calm and in control in stressful situations.
  • Difficulty concentrating or following directions
  • Fidgeting or excessive movement
  • Becoming easily overwhelmed in situations
  • Challenging behaviours
  • Clumsiness
  • Difficulty with sitting at a desk or table
  • Slumped posture
  • Messy or poorly constructed handwriting
  • Dislike of messy or dirty play (eg. Playing in mud, food play)
  • Withdrawing from social situations, difficulty making friends
  • Reduced confidence, anxiety or avoidance of activities
  • Difficulty with dressing, toileting or other daily tasks

 

THERAPY TECHNIQUES

Our Occupational Therapist uses Sensory Integration Therapy as well a wide range of therapeutic techniques to help children reach their goals.

Sensory Integration Therapy is an individualised plan of sensory and motor skill exercises to help your child move more safely and calmly in their environment, and navigate potentially overwhelming situations.  The program can include sensory diets (a home therapy program that helps your child remain calm and alert throughout the day) and Wilbarger Brushing Protocol (a therapy program to help kids who are easily overwhelmed by touch).

The Wilbarger Brushing Protocol is a therapy program designed to reduce sensory or tactile defensiveness. Children who exhibit symptoms of tactile defensiveness are extremely sensitive to touch. They often fear or resist being touched, have difficulty transitioning between activities, and may be lethargic. This therapy was developed by Patricia Wilbarger, MEd, OTR, FAOTA.

The Therapeutic Listening Programme  is used to help children who have difficulty processing sensory information through a combination of sound, music, sensory activities and movement. It aims to stimulate the auditory system to help improve a child’s concentration, focus and attention in play, school and everyday life.

Floortime is a therapy approach that focuses on joining children in activities that they enjoy and builds upon their strengths through warm and engaging exchanges. These exchanges encourage communication, connection and emotion.  They challenge children to be creative, spontaneous and to push the boundaries to further explore and understand their world – thus strengthening emotional and intellectual growth.

Astronaut Training provides precise input to all five vestibular receptors, along with auditory and visual input to create a comprehensive treatment protocol that integrates these three sensory systems.  Core activities provide opportunities for an adaptive response to sensory input, which completes the sensorimotor neurological circuits underlying all function.

Please call us to make a booking with our specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist.

 

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