Occupational Therapy

A Medical Perspective to Developmental Issues

Children don't have employment, but that doesn't mean they are without an occupation. A child's 'job' is playing. Play is absolutely critical to learning, social development and co-ordination skills. That's where occupational therapy comes in.

What Does Occupational Therapy Do?

A child occupational therapist can help a young person develop the skills to better enjoy playtime. They can help the child enjoy learning at school and develop the skills in a child which will facilitate more engaged participation in new activities. All this leads to a better quality of life for your child.

When should you consider an Occupational Therapy Assessment for your Child?

Many people have questions about the best method of care for their children. Occupational therapy might be right for your child if they exhibit any of the following signs:

  • Sensory seeking/processing difficulties: If your child has trouble sitting still, is overactive, easily distracted, hyperactive or behaves badly in public places, then our assessment can help provide you with answers.
  • Poor body awareness: If your child is having difficulty with poor co-ordination, tripping-over a lot or is playing rough with other children, then we can help your child with these skills.
  • Low muscle tone: If your child is suffering low muscle tone, or needs help standing by using walls, tables or people we can help improve muscle tone and strength in a fun way.
  • Behavioural: Is your child sometimes the model child or student, but other times difficult to control?
  • Movement difficulties: Does your child avoid playtime or sports? Do they have poor co-ordination or an unwillingness to try new activities?
  • Self-care: Does your child have difficulty dressing themselves? Or have trouble using a knife and fork?
  • Handwriting difficulties: Is your child struggling with writing compared to their peers or siblings when they were the same age?

Emma Catchpole Paediatric Occupational and Behavioural Therapist

Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)- Queensland University of TechnologyMaster of Occupational Therapy Studies – University...

Alysha Gill Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Alysha Gill, Occupational Therapist Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), University of Newcastle 2012  Registered Occupational...

Contact Educare to Find Out More

Educare can help connect your child with an occupational therapist. Phone the Educare Clinic (02) 4067 3753 to book in for a meeting with a psychologist. From there, we will be able to provide guidance and direction for you in identifying and accessing the various support services required. Alternately, you can contact us online.