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.
- Eating: using a knife and fork, sitting at the table, sensitivities to food
- Dressing: tying shoelaces, fastening buttons
- Personal hygiene and grooming
- 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
- Technology use: typing skills, alternative access
- School readiness skills
- Visual perception: reading skills, identifying letters and numbers, copying and writing
- 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
- Safety: road, home, personal
- Stranger awareness