How Occupational Therapy works
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.