Occupational Therapy Services in Belconnen

Occupational therapy can encompass a range of clinical areas. Occupational therapists who work with children can provide guidance on how to facilitate independence in all activities of daily living, which for children is often play, learning and self-care.

Key clinical areas include fine motor development and self-care assessments, social skills, sensory assessment, handwriting skills, emotional regulation and attention to tasks, functional capacity assessments and the management of disability and lifelong conditions.

Occupational therapy intervention may include working with childcare centres and schools to provide staff training, environmental assessment and planning, and written programs or recommendations that can be followed at home or in educational settings.

Our occupational therapists use evidence-based practice to empower parents and their children to maximise independence and enjoyment of movement. At Eat Speak Learn we enjoy working with parents to develop strategies to make intervention and home programs enjoyable.

Our occupational therapists use evidence-based practice to empower parents and their children to maximise independence and enjoyment of movement.

Fine motor development and self-care assessments

Standardised developmental assessments are performed to understand how
your child’s fine motor and self-care skills are going compared to the average
child their age. This assessment is for concerns such as:

  • Delayed fine motor or self-care skills
  • Concern that there may be delayed development (screening assessment)
  • When help is needed to achieve a particular skill
  • When there has been a period of prolonged hospitalisation or illness
  • Following an assessment you will receive recommendations on how we
    can further support your child.

Social skills

Making and keeping friends is a challenge many children face and may be
because your child

  • does not understand the structure of turn-taking
  • needs additional time or assistance to respond/react to a variety of situations
  • has difficulty understanding other people’s body language or requests
  • does not have a solid foundation of self awareness and self esteem to build connections with others

Eat Speak Learn therapists can help children develop social communication skills by assessing and treating their skills in the above areas in both 1:1 and group environments.

Management of disability and chronic conditions

Our therapists are trained in working with children with disabilities and life-long conditions. This type of assessment and intervention could include pain and fatigue management strategies and will include assessment of the child’s daily routines. Equipment prescription may be included in this type of therapy.

This assessment is for:

  • Children at risk of a diagnosis of disability, such as cerebral palsy or ASD
  • Children with a diagnosis of disability or life-long condition
  • Children with chromosomal or metabolic conditions
  • Children with significant hypermobility or bone disorders

Sensory, emotional regulation and attention to task assessments

  • Emotional and Sensory Regulation Issues
  • Difficulty in attending to a task or request
  • Difficulty in sitting still and focusing

Handwriting assessment

  • May involve standardised assessments, including writing speed
  • Pencil-grip assessment
  • Letter formation errors

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