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Occupational Therapy (OT) for kids helps them do the things they need to do to the best of their ability. And some of the most important things a child needs is to be able to be part of the family, play with friends, go to school, find a hobby, and participate in other activities and sport.
Our Occupational Therapists will work with your child to build their independence by focussing on important and necessary daily living activities. These include:
Ultimately the end goals are participation in meaningful activity, developing the skills that are important for success at school, and achieving a quality of life by reaching their full potential.
To learn more about Occupational Therapy or to book an appointment contact your nearest Early Start Australia clinic.
Occupational Therapy helps your child develop essential life skills. For them to achieve independence in life, OT will enhance their ability to play and engage with others, improve their performance at school, participate in group activities, and increase their abilities to go about their daily activities.
Each individual child is different and will have specific areas that need therapy and have different goals, but in general, the benefits of Occupational Therapy will see your child:
Most importantly, when your child develops these skills and abilities, it boosts their self-esteem, increases their confidence which helps them go out and get the best out of life.
Your child starts Occupational Therapy with an initial consultation. This appointment is a chance for you to get to know your therapist and your therapist to get to know your child to understand their strengths, weakness and needs.
Your OT will ask you some background details, like what you are hoping to achieve with occupational therapy intervention, get a developmental history and any relevant information about kindy or school. And they’ll talk to you about your child’s skill development.
Your child’s Occupational Therapist may identify an area for formal assessment, or they may wish to complete some observations as part of the information gathering phase.
From here, they’ll develop a set of goals in collaboration with you and your child and set an individually tailored plan for therapy. Your child’s therapy can be seen as ‘short-term’ intervention or longer-term support, depending on your goals and priorities for support. And it can be from one
hour a fortnight through to several times a week, depending on your circumstances.
It’s important to remember that therapy doesn’t just happen in the clinic rooms. We’ll work with you and your child’s carers to provide support and strategies for their day-to-day life.
At regular intervals, we’ll sit down together and review your child’s progress, to ensure they have
the right program in place to achieve their goals.
As part of your therapy journey your Occupational Therapist may recommend some therapy programs to assist in achieving your goals including:
Program delivery varies between clinics so check with your local clinic about their programs.
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We focus on supporting clients (and their families) to develop language, motor, cognitive, social and emotional skills, and provide therapy supports for children with developmental delay or disability, including autism spectrum disorder.
Our multi-disciplinary teams work together with you to understand your needs and develop a plan using evidence-based strategies to help you achieve your goals and aspirations.
We have clinics in every state and territory creating a strong community of allied health professionals with the collective knowledge and expertise to deliver you the best outcomes.
We are a registered NDIS provider and are here to help you on your NDIS journey.
Early intervention is not just for the kids. We offer therapies to cater for all ages, needs and abilities,
and we know the sooner you start your therapy journey the better.