How can Occupational Therapy help?
Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.
Occupational therapy promotes normal development and stimulates learning in children with specific learning difficulties, disabilities or injury and delayed development.
Working with children, their families and teachers, occupational therapists aim to improve the child’s quality of life by helping them to participate in play, preschool, school and home activities.
Our occupational therapy team can help your child in the following areas:
- Handwriting and pencil skills i.e. drawing, colouring, writing activities.
- Fine motor skills i.e. manipulating small objects, hand-eye coordination skills.
- Establishing a hand dominance
- Hand and upper body strength – fatigue and stamina in activities.
- Using scissors and/or glue (cut and paste activities)
- Concentration and attention skills
- Following instructions and routines
- Organisational themselves and their possessions i.e. packing bag or packing up toys.
- Independence and eating skills i.e. opening containers, using a spoon, fork and knife.
- Dressing skills i.e. dressing and undressing themselves, manipulating buttons, zips and shoelaces
- Gross motor skills i.e. kicking, throwing, catching, and balancing.
- Posture at the table or floor.
- Starting and finishing tasks
- Confidence to have a go
- Avoidance of activities at kindergarten or school
- Socialisation skills i.e. asking others to play, joining and maintaining play in both unstructured and structured activities.
- Resilience and persistence with tasks that are challenging
- Asking for help when necessary.