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occupational therapy

Occupational Therapy

"The best education does not happen at a desk, but rather engaged in everyday living - hands on, exploring, in active relationship with life"

Occupations refer to the everyday activities that people do as individuals, in families and with communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life (WFOT, 2012).

Occupational therapists understand the developmental challenges children can face which impact their participation in occupations (activities) at home, school and the community. The occupational therapists at Child Development support children and young people using child-led, evidence-based interventions to help develop fine and gross motor skills, sensations more effectively, self-care, social skills, emotions and learning.


Together we develop an individualised intervention plan so your child can reach their full potential. We provide 1:1 therapy, group therapy, parent coaching, support at home and school, as well as parent and teacher workshops to improve the quality of life of for your children.


Is your child or student experiencing issues grasping a ball, drawing or playing? Are they having difficulty eating, sleeping, toileting, managing emotions or concentrating at school? Our occupational therapists can help!


Occupational Therapy for children includes

  • Motor skills - gross motor skills e.g. balance, coordination desk posture

  1. fine motor skills for e.g. handwriting, shoe lacing and feeding

  • Learning skills – executive functions (working memory, attention, concentration),

  • Social emotional support

  • Sensory Processing – manage sensory sensitivities and social-emotional regulation challenges, develop behaviour control and the ability to concentrate

  • Personal care – bathing and hygiene, dressing, toileting, and sleeping

  • Feeding – support children with limited food intake and anxiety at mealtimes

  • Technology – prescription of assistive technology for learning and functional skills

  • Consult for parents and teachers and provide in-class assessment and recommendations to support learning, behaviour and attention


Therapy can include:

  • Individual and group therapy to develop and learn new skills based on individual goals

  • Home and school assessment, intervention programs and consultation

  • Education and training

  • Environmental and skill-based adaptations and technology prescription (e.g. 1 handed dressing techniques, specialist laptop and computer software supporting participation and learning)


Who could benefit from occupational therapy?

Children with any learning, sensory or developmental challenges can benefit from occupational therapy. Including but not limited to:

  • Developmental difficulties

  • Learning challenges

  • Motor skill delays

  • Difficulties with concentration, planning and completing tasks · Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD

  • Dyslexia and other learning difficulties

  • Sensory processing disorders

  • Mental health and behavioural problems

  • Cerebral palsy and spina bifida

  • Chromosomal, genetic conditions or traumatic injuries

Assessment and Intervention

The Child Development Occupational Therapists can be contacted via the email link below:


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