Our services

MUCCY services

We aim to provide services to children in the early years and primary school (3 years – 12 years). We currently provide:

  • Initial consultation and assessment
  • Individual therapy
  • Review assessments
  • Group therapy programs
    • We provide small group programs for children in kindergarten, or in primary school. Maximum 6 children per class with parent or carer involvement.

Our groups programs include:

School readiness group program

Our small group program uses fun and motivating activities to target many skills necessary to help children become more independent before their first day at school. This group is great for children who would benefit from a little extra practice with fine motor activities relevant to their school participation such as pre-writing skills, pencil skills, manipulating small objects, cutting and activities that are designed to strengthen shoulder, hand, and finger muscles. These activities are essential core foundation skills in children that assist them to become more independent in the classroom once achieved. There is a maximum of 6 children per class with parent or carer involvement. These groups are typically offered in Term 2, 3 and 4 of each year.

This group can also be of benefit to children who need help in other areas, such as:

  • Confidence to have a go at new or non-preferred activities
  • Starting and finishing tasks
  • Problem solving and asking for help when needing it
  • Following multi-step instructions and directions from an adult
  • Attention and self-regulation skills to maximise learning
  • Opportunity for guided social interactions - turn taking, sharing ideas with peers, sharing
  • Organising themselves and their belongings
  • Pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills i.e. sequencing, patterns, letter/sound awareness, letter/number identification.

Handwriting (and fine motor skills):

Handwriting is one of the most complex motor tasks your child will learn in their school years, and remains the most frequent method of completing learning tasks. MUCCY periodically runs handwriting groups for children in the early years of primary school. 

This group aims to provide further opportunities for primary school aged children to work on increasing motivation, novelty and functionality of handwriting and fine motor skills. Children who participate in the group have a great opportunity to change their attitudes on handwriting and fine motor skills, through a fun and engaging program. This group is also great for children in prep to create positive habits towards writing, with tips and fun activities ideas provided to parents each week, tailored to your child’s skill level. There is a maximum of 6 children per class.

Tailored to the individual needs of the children in the group, our program incorporates some or all of the following skill development:

  • Ensuring appropriate attention and regulation for seated tasks
  • Letter formation, sizing, spacing, writing on a line, pencil pressure and page orientation.
  • Hand and finger awareness and strength
  • In hand manipulation and dexterity
  • Visual motor skills
  • Working on trunk and shoulder stability
  • Posture at the table
  • Pencil Grip
  • Opportunity for guided social interaction

Individual consultation and assessment

An initial occupational therapy session involves meeting with parents and children to work out what they do well, what most is difficult to do within the child’s current daily routine. We will ask what’s important to you in order to establish areas for therapeutic goals for change. The initial session may include some standardised assessment or clinical observation of your child completing age appropriate tasks, as determined with the family.

The Occupational Therapist will make specific recommendations for some activities to assist your child to develop both their confidence and skill level, which can be incorporated in your daily or weekly routine. We will aim to collaborate with you to find fun and playful activities and teaching strategies to overcome these challenges. If a formal assessment is completed, you will be provided with a summary report and feedback session from the results.

Individual intervention services

Individual therapy will be directed by the goals established in partnership with the family and the therapist following an initial consultation, specific to the needs of your child and family. The amount and frequency of the sessions will be negotiated with the family. Appointments are $40 for 30 minutes.

We’re here to help. Call 99044023 or email: muccy-pen@monash.edu.

Services are available Thursday and Friday 9am – 5pm. Please leave your name and phone number so we can return your call.