1. What is Occupational Therapy:
Occupational therapy aims to help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Occupational therapy services typically include:
an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
2. How can I benefit from occupational therapy:?
We will set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely) goals so the therapy intervention can be driven by goals from the therapist and family. This means everybody is working towards the same outcome. We look at the individual’s abilities and work from a bottom up approach building the foundation skills before fine tuning the specific area of concern as without a good foundation one cannot achieve skill mastery.
3. When is OT necessary?
When your loved one is having difficulty participating in their day to day roles/occupations (student, worker, family member, peer). This can vary from assistance with letter formation to social skills or sensory and emotional regulation. OT often works with collaboration with other allied health professionals and family members to get the best outcomes for your child.
4. How much will it cost?
Please email or call to enquire about the price. Please see 'funding' to find out more about eligibility criteria and rebate options. Registered under NDIS, HCWA/betterstart, medicare and all major private health funds.
5. Buzz words you may hear:
Sensory Integration: A framework that stems from understanding the foundations of the Central Nervous System and how this affects individual sensory likes and dislikes.
Tactile Defensive: someone who has heightened sensitivity to touch (touching and being touched).
Proprioception: The unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself.