Access Therapy Services will work collaboratively with you, your child, family and their school to ensure that your child is reaching their highest potential.
Who is the service for?
Our paediatric service is available for children from 0 – 18 years of age who are experiencing difficulty managing, or participating, in everyday activities.
What is an occupation?
Occupations are the meaningful tasks we do every day that occupy our time and attention. For adults these are activities such as work, socialising, sport or self-care tasks such as preparing meals, eating, showering, dressing and brushing teeth. For children, their main occupations are school, play, leisure/hobbies and self-care tasks.
How do occupational therapists work with children?
Occupational therapy supports children to do daily activities (occupations) that they might be having difficulty with. Occupational therapists evaluate and address the underlying causes of these issues. Difficulties that are commonly addressed by occupational therapy, and examples of these, include:
- Handwriting – Poor letter formation, legibility or developing an appropriate pencil grip
- Paying attention in class – Disruptive or unsettled in class.
- Playing with other children – minimal social skills/social interaction and/or reluctant to share or take turns.
- Getting dressed – tying shoe laces, doing up buttons and zips.
- Eating – opening lunchboxes, using cutlery or being a picky eater.
Occupational therapists use exercises, fun activities, and interesting tools to help children do what they want to do.