Occupational Therapy

Who can benefit from Occupational Therapy ? 

Children who have a diagnosed disability or who display a need for assistance with everyday childhood roles involving self care, learning, and playing​.  Children who may ​display one or more characteristics in the following areas;

Assessing Motor Planning, Balance and ​Coordination
Testing Retained Reflexes, Vestibular Reactions

Sensory/Gross Motor

  • ​Trips over a lot
  • No sense of danger or scared of heights
  • “Accident prone” – always bumping into things
  • Appears floppy, and awkward in movement tasks
  • Poor balance
  • Problems learning new motor tasks (often dislikes outdoor activities)
  • Only eats specific types of food
  • Becomes overly upset at unexpected sensory input eg touch, noise
  • Chews non-food objects a lot
  • Has difficulty calming themselves once upset
Enhancing Spatial Awareness, Motor Planning and Coordination
Mindfulness to enhance Attention / Self Regulation
Analysing underlying hand writing issues
Identifying areas needed for specific writing practise
Theraputty activities to enhance hand strength

Fine Motor

  • Immature drawing skills
  • Dislikes eye-hand coordination tasks
  • Immature pencil grip
  • Poor handwriting – messy, slow to write
  • Poor scissors skills
  • Generally poor performance at fine manipulative tasks
  • Difficulty learning new fine motor tasks
  • Tires easily when performing fine motor tasks, especially pencil skills​
​Visual Screening
Oromotor activities as part of assessing sensory needs/magnets​

Visual Perception

  • Letter reversals eg b/d
  • Lacks concentration with visual tasks
  • Difficulties copying from the blackboard
  • Poor spelling/reading
  • Can’t find place on the page
  • Poor visual memory​
Play promoring self care (including dressing oneself)
Adaptive Techniques/equipment for Self Care including eating
Involvement of all the family in goal setting, reviews,& home programs​

Self care/Behavioural

  • Difficulties dressing self, putting on shoes

  • Cannot use appropriate utensils to eat (ie spoon, knife and fork)

  • Difficulties with mastering toiletting skills, hand washing

  • Disorganised

  • Poor concentration,

  • Immature social skills

  • Difficulty falling/staying asleep​​​​