Welcome to occupational therapy week!
What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?
The World Federation of Occupational Therapists put out this definition in 2012.
Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.
What does that mean for my child?
An occupational therapist can help your child to do the things they need to do. We work closely with families and other health practitioners to identify barriers and also identify strengths. For example if a child has difficulty performing school work due to poor co-ordination, visual perception or poor ability to concentrate an OT may be of assistance. We also look at developmental activities such activities that improve a child’s independence. A child may have difficulty with dressing themselves. They may need cues to understand what step comes next, they may need a modified environment to reduce distractions, they may need modification of the activity such as something to help them manage zippers, they may need help to learn specific skills or they may need some other form of assistance.
If your child has difficulty with activities they need to do in their everyday lives, then occupational therapy may help.
How can I find out more about occupational therapy for my child?
Contact Robyne Cottee at Childworks to get information on how Occupational Therapy can help your child.
Is funding available for occupational therapy?
There are various Government funding options depending on your child’s issues and diagnosis. Private health funding may also apply. Please contact Childworks to discuss your options.