Occupational Therapy for Children

Key focus areas of occupational therapy with children, including fine motor skills, gross motor skills, executive function skills, social/play skills, resilience/ mental health, handwriting and sensory processing

What is Occupational Therapy (OT) for children and teens?

Our clinic in Perth provides Occupational Therapy for children and teens. OT  focuses on the whole person. OT strives to help the child reach their full potential so they can perform their most important occupations:

 to play
 to learn
 to form healthy relationships with self and others
 to become independent

OT focuses on helping children achieve a high quality of life by celebrating their strengths and helping them overcome or manage their challenges.

We can help children with or without a diagnosis, or those going through the diagnostic process. We have years of experience working with children from diverse cultural and language backgrounds. Conditions inlcude but are not limited to: autism; developmental coorination disorder; sensory processing isses;learning disorders such as dyslexia, attention deficit, memory deficits, dysgraphia; mental health disorders such as anxiety, oppostional defiance disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety, phobias; handwriting issues; global developmental delays; cerebral palsy.

Handwriting: We can assess for handwriting deficits such as dysgraphia and visual perceptual dysfunction. We can assist with reporting for special provisions for ATAR examinations. Therapy focuses on pencil grip correction, letter formations, placement, efficiency and spacing.

Fine and Gross Motor skills: We assess and treat motor deficits such as poor endurance, low muscle tone, weak grip strength, weak pencil grasp, ball skills, agility, bilateral coordination, dexterity and midline crossing.

Social and Play Skills: This is one of the most important aspects of a child’s development and we focus on teaching self-awareness first, building confidence and awaress of strengths then teaching empathy and understanding of another’s perspective. We teach explicitly how to make friends, how to join a conversation and how to be assertive and handle bullies. For little ones, we encourage creative and pretend play.

Resilience: The building block to learning how to be more resileint is knowing how to self-regulate. We teach children to understand their emotions, both comfortable and uncofmriable ones, how it affects tgeir body and mind, and we help them experiment with tools to feel happier and calmer. We teach childrenn to problem solve rather than dwell on the problems and to practive kindness and compassion firstly to themself and then to others.

Sensory processing: We thoroughly investigate the child’s capacity to process and respond to the sensations in their environment, then devise a treatment plan that helps to address the issues or provide the child with the sensory input they need. Find out more about sensory diets

 

Go to The Occupational Therapy Association of Australia to find out more about how OT can help improve lives.