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What is Occupational Therapy & how can it assist my child?

Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on how people function in their roles and perform their everyday activities. We focus on promoting skill development and increasing an individual’s independence in all areas of their lives including their cognitive, sensory, motor and social skills and allow children to develop their role as a player, student, family member, peer & friend.

 

Occupational Therapy is unique in its approach and looks beyond the physical elements of function to also consider the interaction and fit amongst the child, the task and their environment. In therapy we are aim to create a ‘fit’ between the child’s abilities, the tasks they perform and the environments in which they function. Occupational Therapists are able to explore all the internal and external factors needed for engaging in our roles across all daily activities. In doing this we are able to also address psychological, social, and environmental factors that may hinder an individual’s functioning and independence in their daily activities.

One of a child’s primary roles is as a player. This role provides the opportunity for developing motor, cognitive, social, communication & sensory skills. Play is an important median through which therapist can also promote the development of these skills and therapy is therefore conducted through a play based model.

 

When evaluating each child’s development we consider what is developmentally appropriate and look at using the child’s strength to engage them in activities which will challenge and promote their development towards these developmental milestones.