A screening service, which will identify those children having difficulties.
OT screenings will briefly assess a student’s overall development with a focus on fine motor skills, handwriting, visual perceptual skills, core strength (postural control), gross motor skills, coordination, sensory processing and self-regulation.
In the older children (Grade 3-6) handwriting speed, legibility, basic comprehension, problem solving and executive/ higher level functions will also be screened.
General Developmental Screening
Kindergarten and Pre-Primary
Description: a small group (3 children) screen of foundation developmental areas including fine motor skills, gross motor skills, visual perceptual skills, handwriting, sensory processing and regulation.
Duration: 30 minutes per group.
Service: a brief report on each child will be provided containing a summary of the child, areas of strength and areas that require improvement, as well as recommendations.
Middle Primary School (Year 1 – Year 3)
Description: a small group (5 children) screen of foundation skills as above as well as strength and endurance, handwriting speed, comprehension and higher level cognitive functions.
Duration: 45 minutes per group.
Upper Primary School (Year 4 – Year 6)
Description: a whole class screen of foundation skills as above as well as strength and endurance, handwriting speed, comprehension and higher level cognitive functions.
Duration: 2 hours per class group.
Formal Assessment and Intervention
- In the majority of cases, this is privately funded. I.e. The parent will pay for the service. For eligible students, they are able to claim a rebate through Medicare or their private health fund.
- Thrive involves the parent in the therapy program as much as possible. This will ensure the parent understands their child’s strengths as well as the areas requiring improvement so they feel confident to follow the plan at home.
- Our bulk billing school visiting GP service will commence in Term 1 2018: This will enable children to be seen by a GP specializing in child development. The GP will assess the child’s suitability for a Management Plan, i.e. Chronic Management Plan (CMP), Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan (BAMH) that will allow the parent to claim Medicare rebates on therapy sessions.
- For many families, school-based therapy is often preferred. It is convenient, it minimizes absences from school and it promotes a direct relationship with the child’s teacher.
- Intervention is tailor-made to the individual needs of the child. Some examples of privately funded therapy that we are able to provide within your school include:
- One on one weekly or fortnightly treatment session. The student is withdrawn from the classroom at a regular time decided upon by teacher and therapist.
- Small group – 2, 3 or 4 children pulled out of their classes who have been matched by the therapist based on therapy goals. Students are not required to be from the same classroom or year group though the time is agreed upon by all teachers involved.
- Student Support – The Occupational Therapist sets up strategies for OT student to carry out in class to assist the student’s participation within the classroom.
- Classroom intervention: This involves observing/trialling strategies/equipment for student’s whose goals incorporate participation/behaviour/skills in the classroom.
- Education assistance programs.