Working with children

 

From Birth to 18 years

When should your child see an Occupational Therapist?   

  • If a child displays learning challenges or has Autism, ADHD, Global Developmental Delay, Dyspraxia or Specific Learning Difficulties.

  • If they seem overly sensitive or emotional to sensory stimulation including touch, textures, tastes, sound, and movement.

  • If a child has physical, sensory, or cognitive disability.

  • When a child is having difficulty performing everyday activities like dressing, tying shoes, feeding themselves, paying attention, writing, drawing, or colouring in the lines.

  • If a child seems to have weak hands and/or get tired easily while doing fine motor tasks.

  • If they have difficulty with learning gross motor tasks such as riding a bike, skipping, or hopping.

  • They are under responsive with decreased reactions to movement, touch, sound, or have unusually low emotional responses.

  • If they have trouble with writing including pushing too hard or not hard enough, not being able to develop and maintain a good grasp on the pencil, and having trouble with size and spacing of their letters.

 

What does an occupational therapist do?

  • Firstly they meet with the family to discuss concerns, answer questions and seek advice and guidance.

  • Depending on the initial consultation they will then follow on by assessing the child looking specifically at the child’s motor coordination and sensory needs .

  • They help the family understand the child’s need and teach parents (or carers) the skills, tools and provide the information to build and develop a child’s ability to perform everyday tasks.

  • Then they will devise an individualised program to suit the child’s needs. The program may involve the use of balance, strength and co-ordination activities, toys, games or other special equipment depending upon the need. It will include professional recommendations to help improve your child’s play, learning and self care skills.

 

 

OT4Change

ABN 23 624 248 174

Suite 7A, 92 Tamar Street, Tamar Village, Ballina, NSW, 2478

Telephone : ​0425 240 558

Email : ot4change@gmail.com

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