As part of International Occupational Therapy Day we have put together some information on occupational therapy.
The World Federation of Occupational Therapy says that occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The main goal of OT is to help people to participate in activities of every day life. We can do this by working with children, their families, schools, preschools and other treating professionals.
Childworks OTs help children to participate in school, play and self-care. For example we might help a child to learn how to dress herself or to stay focused on table top activities for school. We help children to develop fine and gross motor skills and to manage situations they find difficult by adapting their environment or helping them to learn strategies to manage difficult situations. Occupational therapists have a number of strategies to help children who are struggling.
Children are always active participants in occupational therapy at Childworks and we try to make each treatment fun so that children are fully engaged.
Childworks takes a functional approach to therapy so we work on building strengths in areas that will make a real difference to your child and family. We have a focus on evidence based practice.
Occupational therapists are fr university trained professionals who are regulated through the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, the body which regulates other professions such as medical practitioners, nurses and psychologists. The minimum qualification is a four year degree but many occupational therapists have master’s degrees or doctorates.
As part of university training, student occupational therapists spend some time in practical experience in clinics and hospitals. Childworks sometimes takes on students to assist in their studies.
Please contact Childworks if you would like more information about how occupational therapy may be able to help your child. If you would like to find out more about occupational therapy at Childworks please call at 9098 1635 or your can use our contact form. You can read more about occupational therapy at the OT Australia website.