Sometimes children experience difficulty managing or participating in everyday activities such as writing, getting dressed, school, sport, playing or socialising with peers, and need additional support.
This may be as a result of a developmental delay, or a variety of physical and mental health disabilities and health conditions. Our paediatric service is available for children and young adults aged between 0 – 18 years of age. We work with young people and their parents directly, as well as teachers, early educators, other allied health professionals and specialists.
Working With Children
Our Occupational Therapists at Access Therapy Services work with children to develop skills for the daily activities they are having difficulty with. We also evaluate and address the underlying causes of these issues using exercises, fun activities, and interesting tools to help children do what they want to do. We can provide services in our clinic, in schools and early education centres, and in the child’s home.
If your child has seen other professionals then it is useful for us to have a copy of any reports or assessments so that we have a full picture of your child’s journey so far. We use a variety of different products during therapy with children and teens, many of which are available to purchase through our online shop, including tips on HOW and WHY we use them.
Every child and young adult is different, however there are some indicators that they could benefit from occupational therapy:
- Difficulty keeping still
- Difficulty with social situations
- Handwriting difficulties
- Difficulty with self-care tasks (e.g. toileting, dressing, feeding)
- Issues with balance and/or co-ordination
- Over/under sensitive to touch, noise or movement
- Difficulties planning, categorising or sequencing ideas or tasks
- Disorganised or messy
- Fine motor problems (e.g. holding a pencil or cutlery)
- Gross motor problems (e.g. catching a ball, running)
If you would like more information or for someone to contact you please send us a message. If you would like to make an appointment for a free 15 minute consultation with an OT or any other appointment or booking, click here to BOOK ME IN.
Working With Teachers, Parents, Carers and Early Childhood Educators
Everyone has an important role in nurturing children and young adults to be the best version of themselves and to grow up to be a valuable member of our wider community. We work closely with anyone involved in children’s development to provide them with the information, strategies, practical tips and education on what they can do in a school, home or early education environment.
Through professional development and information sessions, we offer teachers and early educators with practical strategies, tips and ideas they can implement in the classroom. These approaches not only assist the individual child, they facilitate a calmer learning environment for everyone. We have a range of topics that we can deliver to staff for professional development sessions or we can develop specific sessions tailored to your needs.
We offer education and information sessions to parents and love to work with schools and early childhood centres to provide these sessions for free or at a low cost.
We run several paediatric group programs throughout the year to support children in different stages of their life. We also run a program for parents to help create a calm family environment. I WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE
Working with Health Professionals and Specialists
It is common for several health professionals and organisations to be involved in a child’s therapy so it’s vital we work closely and collaboratively to provide the best quality care and support. We encourage and facilitate an open line of communication to ensure we are all working collectively in the child’s best interest.
We offer a wide range of education, training and professional development options for health professionals, parents, teachers and carers. I WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE
Do I Need a Referral?
No, you can make an appointment directly to discuss how we can support your child. If we don’t think we’re the right professionals for your child we can refer you to other services.
If your child is an NDIS participant then we can work with you and your child under that funding plan and if you are self-managed then you can contact us directly to make an appointment.
If you are working with a support co-ordinator then you can ask them to send us a referral and someone will contact you to organise a suitable time to meet with you and your child.
If you are not eligible for any funding assistance, then we can work with you as a private client. If you have private health insurance, and depending on your type of cover, then there may be a rebate that you can claim through your insurer. Please check with your individual health fund for specific details about what your fund offers.