Occupational Therapists provide individualised therapy and education sessions to address the needs identified by GPs, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, teachers and the parents and carers of the child.
At the start of Occupational Therapy an initial consultation is helpful to identify the individuals’ needs, strengths, skills and deficits. Goals will be made during this process. The proceeding therapy sessions will be focused on interventions for goal attainment. Goals will be reviewed at regular intervals with the individual and family. The number of therapy sessions will vary depending on goals set and the progress made between each session.
Occupational Therapists acknowledge the child’s interests and strengths and incorporate these when addressing barriers that inhibit skill acquisition and development.
Occupational Therapy can teach individuals to learn to listen to their bodies and discover what makes them feel comfortable, calm and ready to learn. The Occupational Therapist can plan functionally oriented and goal-directed interventions to address delays or difficulties with fine motor skills and gross motor skills.
To maximise the potential for reaching goals, the children and families can be given strategies to use in the home and school environment.
Occupational Therapists are able to perform formal and informal assessments to determine individuals’ skill levels. They can provide reports to the National Insurance Disability Scheme (NDIS) and for other matters.