What is occupational therapy?

A paediatric occupational therapist is a health professional that helps kids and young people to complete all their meaningful occupations in the best way the possibly can. Occupation is not just a paid job but also all the jobs that people do every day. For kids these include looking after themselves, interacting with other people, building friendships, and playing. Practicing occupational therapists are required to be registered under the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) and also provide evidence-based interventions.

What can occupational therapists help with?

Overall Skill Group Skills in this Area
Behaviour
  • Understanding appropriate behaviour
  • Ability to control response to emotional or sensory reasoning to behaviour
Emotional Regulation
  • Understanding emotions
  • Recognising emotions
  • Knowing what emotions feel and look like on themselves
  • Knowing what emotions feel and look like on others
  • Understanding different perspectives in emotions
  • Ability to control own emotions and their response
  • Understanding appropriate response to scenarios
Self Regulation
  • Body regulation
  • Cognitive regulation (e.g. attention or task completion)
  • Sitting tolerance
Gross Motor
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Running and agility
  • Ability to cross midline (imaginary line that runs through middle of our body)
  • Throwing objects or balls
  • Kicking objects or balls
  • Endurance
  • Core strength
Fine Motor
  • Handwriting
  • Ability to use cutlery
  • Ability to control small objects (i.e. buttons, Lego)
  • Hand strength
  • Finger strength
  • Hand and finger precision
  • Coordination of fingers
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  • Toileting
  • Dressing
  • Brush teeth
  • Brushing or managing hair
  • Eating
  • Sleep
  • Showering or bathing
Visual Perception
  • Ability to scan
  • Ability to find objects in a busy background
  • Ability to see differences in different objects or environments
Memory
  • Working memory
  • Short-term memory
  • Long-term memory
Executive Functioning
  • Planning skills
  • Organization skills
  • Time management
Attention
  • Attention to task
  • Attention to an activity
  • Awareness of their environment and those around them
  • Distraction level
Play
  • Age appropriate play
  • Sharing
  • Game play
  • Sportsmanship
  • Waiting
Sensory
  • Ability to sense and respond appropriately to sensory stimuli in their environment
  • Auditory, touch, smell, visual, oral processing, movement, body positioning etc.
Social
  • Social appropriateness
  • Interaction with peers
  • Interaction with adults
  • Personal safety (i.e. stranger danger and circle of trust)
Feeding
  • Ability to feed and drink on their own
  • Posture and positioning at table
  • Routine around feeding
  • Understanding when and where they eat
  • Ability to eat different textures and types of food
Community Access
  • Gaining independence in the community
  • Ability to shop on their own
  • Ability to use public transport
  • Street awareness
  • Personal safety
Assessment and Provision of Assistive Technology
  • Low tech items such as altered cutlery, sensory items, self-care supports and skill support resources
  • High tech items such as wheelchairs, seating support, prams, bikes and scooters
Prep Readiness
  • Skills needed before starting Prep

What services do we provide?

Able Kids Therapy offers appointments in our clinic and in the community at your child’s home, school, kindy or daycare.

We offer several appointment types including:

  • Speech pathology intervention sessions
  • Occupational therapy intervention sessions
  • Combined speech and occupational therapy intervention sessions
  • Assessment sessions with a comprehensive report
  • Group therapy sessions for social skills, early language and literacy

Funding

Financial support for accessing speech pathology and occupational therapy services can be provided by:

  • The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – We offer NDIS funded services under the Early childhood and Therapeutic Supports – Capacity Building category. We can accept clients who are plan managed or self-managed.
  • Private health insurance – All of our professionals have Medicare provider numbers, which means you may be able claim for eligible services, depending on your level of cover.
  • Medicare Chronic Disease Management Plans (CDMP) – You can claim a rebate on up to five allied health sessions per year with a referral from your GP. Please note that the rebate does not cover the full cost of sessions.

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North Lakes Clinic

5/8 Wills Street
North Lakes QLD 4509
P: 07 3555 8198