Occupational Therapy

Family Time Australia currently offers Occupational Therapy for our families. Our Occupational Therapist is dedicated to providing an individual tailored therapy program to work with your child and family.

Paediatric Occupational Therapist’s view ‘occupation’ as any purposeful and meaningful activity that a child chooses to engages in.

Paediatric Occupational Therapy

  • Promotes development and stimulates learning in children, assisting them to be more meaningfully involved in the world around them.
  • Aims to improve the quality of life of children by helping them to participate in everyday activities.
  • Assist’s children to develop and/or strengthen the skills that support learning, playing and relationship building at school and at home.
  • Enables children to develop confidence and independence to perform life skills

Children’s skill development is much like building a house.

Before erecting the walls and adding the roof a solid foundation must first be laid. Similarly, a child must master underlying (hidden) abilities before being able to successfully perform tasks/activities. For children, the necessary foundations are effective processing of sensory information (eg touch, sight and sound) that allows children to register the world around them.

With effective sensory processing (“solid foundations”), the physical components (e.g. finger strength, hand dexterity, and postural control) can be developed – these are the walls of the house. Only then with the sensory processing (foundations) and physical skills (walls) in place can tasks such as handwriting or bike riding be performed skilfully (like adding the roof).

Paediatric Occupational Therapists ask ‘why is the skill difficult?’ (that is, ‘why is the roof so shaky?) and then review the underlying foundations and physical abilities (the foundations and walls) to determine where the origin of the challenge is, so that appropriate strategies to resolve or minimise the difficulty can be implemented.

If your child has difficulty with any of the following they can benefit from Occupational Therapy:

  • Attention
  • Behaviour
  • Handwriting
  • Getting Dressed
  • Toilet Training
  • Gross Motor Skills – Catching, throwing
  • Fine Motor Skills – Cutting, threading
  • Tying Shoe Laces
  • Following Instructions
  • Organising Their Environment (desk space or bedroom)
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Low Self Esteem