Our OCC Therapy practice is passionate in our belief that all children deserve equal opportunity to learn, grow their strengths and interests, and to live a happy, healthy life. So, we’re both experienced and passionate about supporting children with complex needs to thrive through therapy.
Our developmental therapy is individual and tailored to fit your child’s specific needs — whether these are at school or at home. We believe in building on your child’s strengths and using these to support them in those tasks they’re having difficulty with. When we say children with “complex needs”, these might be developmentally, medically, or educationally complex needs.
As a parent, you’re intuitive to your child and you know them better than anyone. So your role in your child’s development is essential, because you’re their biggest advocate and their biggest support. Ensuring that our therapy equips you with the resources, the tools, and the strategies you need to continue your child’s development at home is so important to us.
Here we will support your child to structure their day and follow routine — this might include items like getting ready for school.or following an evening routine.
We’ll guide your child through participating in food preparation using cutlery, and we’ll expand their food preferences.
Targeting bedtime routines here, we’ll help your child achieve a restful and quality sleep.
This is where we’ll address those key parts of dressing independently: tying shoelaces, doing up buttons or zippers, and tolerating different clothing types.
We’ll work with your child to learn increased independence in daily hygiene routines. We will support them with learning to bathe, brush their teeth, brush their hair, and use the toilet on their own.
Whether it’s a school camp or sleepovers with friends or family, we’ll build up your child’s independence.
Targeting their focus, we’ll try and improve their classroom and homework concentration.
We’ll support your child to effectively plan their own tasks and organise their own work or belongings.
We’ll support classroom behaviour and engagement through extension, support and specialist lessons.
Here your child will develop their ability to remember multi-step instructions to complete tasks at school or home.
Working with your child we’ll target those key skills behind communication including writing, typing and accessing assistive technology.
Transitioning to a new school or even a new grade or classroom can be tricky. We’ll support you and your child to prepare and plan effectively.
We’ll work with your child to build confidence in playing, developing and maintaining friendships, and with management of their emotions throughout the day.
We’ll support your child’s access to the community here. We’ll build confidence in joining activities, using public transport, safety, going to a sleepover, and eating at a restaurant.
Here, we’ll support your child’s confidence in sport and leisure activities, as well as their gross motor skills.
We will help your child to develop oral and written language skills as well as facilitate the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) if required. We will also target speech sound production.
Your first assessment or session can be daunting — for both the parents and the child. When we partner with you and your child, we want to make sure we find the right fit for them and a partnership that’s going to help your child build confidence, independence, and generally thrive.
We’ll always tailor these sessions to your child’s needs too. So, we might meet them at our clinic, their school, your home, or out in the community. When working with teenagers, they may prefer we work around them. This means meeting and chatting strategies with others in their support network (teachers, parents, etc). This way, we can set up appropriate supports and strategies without involving ourselves directly.