Sometimes children experience difficulty managing or participating in everyday activities such as writing, getting dressed, school sport, playing or socialising with peers and need additional support. This may be because of a developmental delay, or a variety of physical and mental health disabilities and health conditions.
We Work with You
Our paediatric service is available for children and young adults aged between 0 – 18 years of age. We work with young people and their parents directly, as well as teachers, early educators, other allied health professionals and specialists.
Our paediatric occupational therapy service works with children to develop skills for the daily activities they are having difficulty with. We evaluate and address the underlying causes of these issues using exercises, fun activities, and interesting tools to help children and young adults do what they want, and need, to do. We provide services in our clinic, in the community, in schools and early education centres, and in the home.
Every child and young adult is different, however there are some indicators that they could benefit from occupational therapy:
- Difficulty keeping still
- Difficulty with social situations
- Handwriting difficulties
- Difficulty with self-care tasks (e.g. toileting, dressing, feeding)
- Issues with balance and/or co-ordination
- Over/under sensitive to touch, noise or movement
- Difficulties planning, categorising or sequencing ideas or tasks
- Disorganised or messy
- Fine motor problems (e.g. holding a pencil or cutlery)
- Gross motor problems (e.g. catching a ball, running)
We Work as a Team
Everyone has an important role in nurturing children and young adults to achieve what they want to achieve and to grow up to be a valuable member of our wider community. We work closely with anyone involved in children’s development to provide them with the information, strategies, practical tips and education on what they can do in a school, home or in an early education environment.
We offer home based programs to help support parents and the whole family with practical strategies for creating a calmer environment for everyone. We will come to your home and work with you and your family to address specific challenges and difficulties that your child or your family are experiencing.
Do I Need a Referral?
No, you can make an appointment directly to discuss how we can support your child. If we don’t think we’re the right professionals for your child we can refer you to other services.
If your child is an NDIS participant then we can work with you and your child under that funding plan and if you are self-managed then you can contact us directly to make an appointment.
If you are working with a support co-ordinator then they can contact us directly and we will work out the best way to support you, and your child.
If you are not eligible for any funding assistance, then we can work with you as a private client. If you have private health insurance, and depending on your type of cover, then there may be a rebate that you can claim through your insurer. Please check with your individual health fund for specific details about what your fund offers.