When development falters, be it physical, emotional, cognitive, communication or functional skills, assessment is needed to identify developmental gaps or other variables affecting progression, in order to tailor therapy to the child’s needs.
We provide Occupational Therapy evaluation and treatment in sensory integration, sensory processing and modulation, self regulation, motor planning, postural control, balance, muscle tone, gross and fine motor skills, handwriting, which can impact behaviour, participation and performance in daily living.
Our approach to therapy is guided by the DIR®/Model (Floortime) developed by Dr Stanley Greenspan, MD and Serena Wieder PhD. The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based Floortime (DIR®/Floortime™) Model is a framework that helps clinicians and parents develop an intervention program tailored to the unique challenges and strengths of children with developmental challenges.
The ‘DIR’ part of the model is the framework, that guides therapy intervention and The ‘Floortime’ refers to the implementation of therapy, the actual ‘doing’ part.
Floortime™ is child centred, meaning that the therapist follows the child’s lead and choices. The therapist aims through activities to encourage and expand the child’s communication, social and attentional abilities. The objectives of the DIR®/Floortime™ Model are to build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities rather than focusing on skills and isolated behaviors.