How Can We Help With These Areas of Concern?

Some examples of how occupational therapists can assist with different areas are listed below:

Play and Social Skills

  • Adapt toys or modify the environment
  • Recommend toys and play activities that are a suitable challenge for the child
  • Offer play opportunities that encourage turn-taking and sharing
  • Create social stories
  • Providing education on services that provide social outings
  • Discussing hobbies and interests and using these to drive increased social outings

 Fine Motor Skills

  • Increase hand and finger strength
  • Improve hand eye co-ordination
  • Establish hand dominance
  • Develop in-hand manipulation – the ability to manipulate tools with control and controlled use of everyday tools.

 Handwriting

  • Improve posture to support the correct use of arms, hands, head and eyes
  • Analyse fine motor control, such as the ability to hold a pen or pencil properly
  • Determine visual and perceptual ability that influences a child’s ability to form letter and shapes using a writing utensil.
  • Help develop and evaluate handwriting curriculums and collaborate with teachers on effective strategies.
  • Suggest home activities that promote the development of skills needed in good handwriting.

 Gross Motor Skills

  • Increase strength through messy play and activities
  • Increasing endurance can be done by gradually increasing the duration and intensity of an activity
  • Improve postural control and strength
  • Improving balance and co-ordination
  • Establishing body awareness

 Regulating Emotions

  • Create a social story
  • Establish awareness of upsetting situations
  • Provide techniques and strategies to regulate emotions

 Self-care Skills

  • Create a visual schedule of the steps involved in the task
  • Breaking tasks into smaller steps and supporting the child through each step
  • Educate family on establishing and maintaining a routine or a strategy for each task

 Attention and Concentration

  • Add/remove stimulus in the classroom that can assist the child to focus in class (e.g. reducing surrounding noise or providing the child with a weight snake to provide sensory feedback)
  • Provide techniques and strategies to improve concentration

 Sensory Processing

  • Collaborate with family to determine the child’s current sensory needs
  • Identify and modify the environment to reduce the barriers for the child
  • Teach and model activities to support different sensory, motor and behavioural needs.

Location

140 Ross River Road, Mundingburra
Townsville, QLD 4812

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm
Weekend: Closed

Contact Details

Phone: (07) 4779 1886
Fax: (07) 4779 2446
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