What is Occupational Therapy

It may be appropriate to see an Occupational Therapist.

What is Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists provide assessment and therapy for children who are experiencing difficulties in their development and learning. The areas Occupational Therapists may assess include play skills, self care skills, feeding skills, sensory processing, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, visual-motor coordination, visual perception, handwriting, social interaction self esteem and school performance. They also empower families and carers, in learning the best way to help their child develop. The general educational background of an occupational therapist includes work in anatomy, physiology, neurology, and psychology. Occupational Therapists work closely with GP’s, psychologist, speech pathologist, paediatrician, physiotherapists, dieticians and educators. Occupational Therapists in Australia must be registered with AHPRA and follow national standards & code of ethics.

When to refer to an Occupational Therapist

It may be appropriate to see an Occupational Therapist if your child has difficulties with any of the following:

  • Self Care – feeding, dressing, toileting, bathing sleeping
  • Gross Motor – balance, co-ordination, posture
  • Visual Motor Skills – ball skills, copying, letter formation, directions
  • Fine Motor – writing, colouring, cutting, drawing
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Organisation & Planning
  • Attention & Concentration
  • Sensory Processing – sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, movement, body awareness
  • Self esteem, Confidence
  • Emotional regulation
  • Play, Social Skills
  • Learning Difficulties