Occupational Therapists at The Kids Clinic work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team (MDT), providing assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic intervention for children who present with difficulties in performance of everyday activities. Occupational Therapists advise how to develop a child’s or young person’s underlying skills, use practical techniques to learn tasks and recommend equipment, aids and adaptations to the environment where needed.
Occupational Therapists work with children who present with difficulties performing everyday tasks and life skills due to:
- Developmental Delay.
- Development Coordination Disorder or Dyspraxia.
- Intellectual Disability.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
- Attention difficulties.
- Learning difficulties.
- Sensory Processing difficulties.
- Physical disability.
Occupational Therapy Assessment
Parents are requested to complete a questionnaire, prior to the assessment, detailing their child’s strengths and difficulties in everyday tasks and activities. The child’s teacher or educational provider may also complete a questionnaire to inform the Occupational Therapist about the child’s functioning in school.
An assessment is usually a combined approach – formal and informal – lasting 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on the needs of the child and family. A wide range of Occupational Therapy assessment tools may be used (i.e fine motor, gross motor, sensory, handwriting, executive function) depending on the reported areas of difficulty and parent priority or school concerns. Informal and play-based assessments also provides information about a child’s ability, strengths and challenges.
A feedback session is provided after all information is gathered and the Occupational Therapy assessment is complete. A comprehensive written report detailing the child’s development, standardised test scores, strengths and weaknesses and further course of action is also included following the assessment.
A school or preschool visit may be recommended as it can offer insight regarding the child’s ability in different environments. It is helpful to have your child’s school involved at an early stage, to maximise the benefit of therapy. A school or preschool visit may also be offered by the Occupational Therapist should the school wish to implement any strategies recommended following the Occupational Therapy assessment.
Occupational Therapy intervention
Occupational Therapists at The Kids Clinic provide individualised, evidence-based therapy intervention, both within the clinic, within the home or school setting. The frequency of therapy can vary depending on the child’s needs. Parents are invited to participate and observe the therapy sessions so that treatment activities may be continued at home. Group intervention can also be provided.
Occupational Therapists use a holistic approach to assessing and working with children – considering their physical and psychological well-being, strengths, as well as needs, social and family environments. Occupational Therapists strive to empower families and carers in learning the best way to help their child’s development in everyday life in a way that is relevant to them.
The Kids Clinic Occupational Therapists provide therapy intervention to address a wide range of developmental difficulties including:
- Visual Perceptual Skills: essential skills for learning reading, writing, spelling and development of such skills.
- Visual-Motor Integration Skills: coordinated use of eye and hands together, which affects functional skills such as handwriting, copying from the black board and catching a ball.
- Gross and Fine Motor Skills: gross motor – balance, ball skills – and fine motor – finger strength, dexterity, control.
- Handwriting Skills: pencil grip, letter formations, spatial awareness.
- Sensory Processing Skills: processing and responding appropriately to a range of sensory input.
- Social Skills: developing appropriate play skills, confidence and variety of hobbies and interests.
- Functional Life Skills: dressing, toileting, self-care, organisation skills, study skills.