Occupational Therapist Team
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This year we are starting a series of posts around the occupational therapy services in our Centre. While Occupational Therapists work with adults, they also work with children and adolescents too.
What do Occupational Therapists do?
Occupational therapy helps a person become more independent carrying out every day activities. These activities include self care, work and leisure. For children, school is their “work” activity, but so is play! Play is an opportunity to practise the activities of life, including social interaction and problem solving.
How can Occupational Therapy help my child?
Occupational therapy can help children in a number of ways:
– It can help children to achieve developmental milestones involving coordination and fine motor skills.
– Give children strategies to improve skills such as getting dressed, eating, using a pencil, scissors and cutlery.
– Help parents and assist children to understand their body and sensory system and how it influences everything they do.
Occupational therapy very much works from a partnership model. That is, the OT, family and child working together to identify goals and learn new ways of doing things. Occupational therapists are also able to work with school based staff to develop strategies to support school aged children in the classroom.
At the Child Wellbeing Centre our Occupational Therapists work with young children, primary and secondary students.
Currently OT is available one Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Centre. Please call reception for more information about our services on 9274 7062.