Occupational therapy (OT) treatment focuses on helping people with a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. Occupational Therapists can help children with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
Some people may think that occupational therapy is only for adults; children, after all, do not have occupations. But a child's main job is playing and learning, and occupational therapists can evaluate kids' skills for playing, school performance and daily activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group.
In addition to dealing with someone's physical well being, OT practitioners address psychological, social and environmental factors that can affect functioning in different ways. This approach makes Occupational Therapy a vital part of health care for some kids.
children WHO MIGHT NEED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Children with these medical problems might benefit from Occupational Therapy:
- birth injuries or birth defects
- sensory processing disorders
- traumatic injuries (brain or spinal cord)
- learning problems
- autism/pervasive developmental disorders
- juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- mental health or behavioural problems
- broken bones or other orthopaedic injuries
- developmental delays
- post-surgical conditions
- spina bifida
- traumatic amputations
- sever hand injuries
- multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other chronic illnesses
If you think your child might benefit from occupational therapy, ask your doctor to refer you to our clinic or phone 07 5449 0008. Alternatively, click on the 'Make a Booking' button at the top of this page.