Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a profession that looks into the ability to complete the activities that occupy a person’s day. For a child this relates to their ability to play and learn as an individual and with peers. Our highly trained Occupational Therapy team are experts in maximising each child within the following areas:

  • Sensory processing
  • Attention and arousal
  • Fine motor skills
  • Handwriting
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Play and Social skills
  • Balance and Co-ordination
  • Visual Perception
  • Organisational skills
  • Technology to assist learning
  • Equipment prescription
  • Upper limb therapy
  • Splinting and casting
  • Minor home modifications

Therapies used at the clinic

Our therapists have been active participants in extensive training and development in various areas of Occupational Therapy. Specific training has been obtained in the following areas/programs:

  • Therapeutic Listening Program
  • Willbarger Therapressure Program
  • The Alert Program (How does your engine run?)
  • Sensory Integration
  • DIR/Floortime
  • Splinting & serial casting
  • Equipment prescription
  • Home modifications

Sensory Processing

Sensory processing refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Appropriate sensory processing allows a child to remain alert and participate within everyday activities. Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organised into appropriate responses. One person with SPD may over-respond to sensation and find clothing, physical contact, light, sound, food, or other sensory input to be unbearable. Another might under-respond and show little or no reaction to stimulation, even pain or extreme hot and cold. In children whose sensory processing of messages from the muscles and joints is impaired, posture and motor skills can be affected. Other children exhibit an appetite for sensation that is in perpetual overdrive. These kids often are misdiagnosed – and inappropriately medicated – for ADHD.

Occupational Therapy for a child with difficulties processing sensation generally occurs in our sensory gyms. We use a variety of suspended  or moving equipment to enhance or dampen the responses of the nervous system. If your child is having difficulty processing sensory based information in the classroom, we are able to conduct a school visit to offer education and strategies for the teacher to implement in the classroom.