Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists support children and teens to develop skills to participate and become more independent in day-to-day activities.

Occupational therapists are allied health professionals who provide assessment, diagnosis and therapy to support children and teens with their ‘occupations’, which may include activities at home (eg. dressing, toileting), school (eg. fine motor, social skills) and in the community (eg. sports, a job). Support can be provided in individual, paired or small group sessions.

Occupational therapists help children and teens who have difficulty in areas including:

Fine Motor Skills

  • School based tasks such as cutting and writing y
  • Self-care tasks such as tying shoelaces or using cutlery

Handwriting & Visual Processing

  • Sizing, spacing and formation of letters
  • Letter reversals
  • Transfer of thoughts into written work
  • Difficulty finding objects in busy environments (cutlery drawers, pantries, pencil cases)

Gross Motor Skills

  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Postural stability
  • Aiming and catching

Self-Care & Daily Living Skills

  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Toileting
  • Brushing teeth/hair

Play Skills

  • Developing pretend play skills
  • Negotiating and collaborating with peers
  • Building friendships

Social Communication Skills

  • Conversation skills
  • Non-verbal cues (facial expressions, tone of voice)

Attention & Organisation

  • Getting ready for school independently
  • Attentional supports in class
  • Keeping track of time

Emotional Regulation

  • Building strategies to support big feelings
  • Supporting safe reactions
  • Developing awareness of emotions

Sensory Processing

  • Low tolerance for clothing textures
  • Limited diet due to smell or taste aversions
  • Difficulties with grooming such as brushing hair or trimming nails

Our Strategy

Occupational therapists use evidence-based strategies to provide an individualised service tailored to each child’s needs, goals and interests.

Therapy sessions are designed to be engaging and motivating for your child, while developing their skills. The occupational therapist also provides you with information, strategies and resources to support your child or teen at home.

Occupational therapists may also recommend specialised equipment (eg. writing aids, seating, technology) to support a child’s needs.

Our Services

We’re here to support children and teens develop their skills and grow in confidence so they can achieve their full potential. Our team provides high quality speech pathology and occupational therapy services individualised for your child and family. We offer the convenience of services in one location at our practice in Caloundra, as well as services at school, kindy or by telehealth.

Getting Started

Contact our Client Care team to find out more about how we can support your child.