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What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy helps children develop their potential and confidence in every day tasks. 


A child engages daily in a variety of activities that require essential skills to complete them. These skills include fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, visual perception, motor coordination and this can be further impacted from physical, psychological, social and environmental factors.


Occupational Therapists recognise a child’s and their families areas of concerns and work collaboratively as a team towards achieving therapy goals and milestones. 

Occupational Therapy will help with:

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Self-Care:

- Eating: using a knife and fork, sitting at the table, sensitivities to food

- Dressing: tying shoelaces, fastening buttons 

- Personal hygiene and grooming

- Toileting

- Sleeping

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Learning:

- Attention and concentration

- Organisation and memory

- Sensory Processing/Integration: Children may have difficulties with processing and responding to various sensory stimuli

- Fine motor

- Gross motor

- Handwriting 

- Technology use: typing skills, alternative access

- School readiness skills

- Visual perception: reading skills, identifying letters and numbers, copying and writing

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Social and Leisure Participation:

- Behaviour management: social-emotional regulation

- Social skills: verbal and non-verbal communication, following social ‘rules’/ norms, conflict resolution, building resilience and confidence 

- Play skills: imaginative, constructive, interpersonal (play with others) or intrapersonal (solitary, independent play), structured vs unstructured interactions

- Engagement and participation in leisure activities

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Community Access:

- Safety: road, home, personal

- Stranger awareness