Children may be referred for Occupational Therapists for a variety of reasons. Children may have been diagnosed with a specific condition, or may be experiencing difficulty managing particular activities at school, in the playground or at home.

OT intervention may address the following:

  • personal care activities (feeding, dressing, toileting)
  • play skills (movement, balance, confidence)
  • gross motor skills (running, jumping, catching)
  • fine motor skills (scissors, cutlery, shoelaces)
  • handwriting (pencil grip, legibility, endurance)
  • sensory processing (attention, sensitivity to light/sound/touch)
  • behaviour and social skills (taking turns, making friends)

Common diagnoses OTs work with may include:

  • Autism/Aspergers
  • Down Syndrome
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Delay / Intellectual Disability
  • Dyspraxia
  • Vision impairment
  • Attachment Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Our approach to therapy is client-centred, and draws from a range of strategies and approaches, including:

  • The Alert Program ®
  • The Traffic Jam in my Brain
  • Social Stories ™
  • Cognitive Strategies
  • Behaviour Management Principles
  • Sensory Integration Principles
  • Play Therapy
  • Sensory Diets
  • Visual Schedules

Our Paediatric Occupational Therapists can provide intervention within the home, school and clinic.