Occupational Therapists assist children to be more effectively able to achieve their occupational roles.
A child’s primary occupational roles are:
- to be able to develop independence skills and self care skills
- to socialise and play
How do I know if my child needs to see an Occupational Therapist?
There are a number of key indicators that can help you decide if your child needs to see an occupational therapist. These include:
- Fine and gross motor co-ordination difficulties
- Attention and engagement problems
- Social skills problems
- Play skill difficulties
- Handwriting problems
- Self-care difficulties e.g. sleep, dressing, organising self and belongings
- Sensory over-reactivity, under-reactivity and/ or sensory seeking
- Regulation difficulties
Please note, if you have any concerns regarding your child’s development please contact us to discuss these in further detail.
Areas of Intervention
The occupational therapists at Kids Connect Therapy specialise in the assessment and management of children from infancy through to adolescence years of age who have difficulties with:
- Fine and gross motor co-ordination
- Attention and engagement
- Social skills
- Play skills
- Self-care e.g. sleep, dressing, organising self and belongings
- Sensory over-reactivity, under-reactivity and/or sensory seeking
All occupational therapists at Kids Connect Therapy have an ongoing commitment to enhancing their professional abilities by participating a range of professional development opportunities and programs.
Aquatic Occupational Therapy
Aquatic Occupational Therapy actively engages the child in water-based play activities in order to develop skills such as:
- Water familiarisation and safety skills
- Fundamental swimming skills
- Gross-motor skills – postural control, balance, coordination
- Communication skills
- Play skills
- Praxis – motor planning and sequencing
- Relationship-building and social skills
- Attention and concentration skills
Aquatic Occupational Therapy also assists the child to regulate sensory information and overcome sensory challenges.
Sessions are run by Sarah King, an experienced Occupational Therapist who specialises in working with children. Sarah also has a background in swimming education. Sarah runs sessions during the term and in the school holidays.