Our team works to support school-aged children, teachers, and parents by tailoring occupational therapy techniques to children’s specific needs. We’ll work with children from prep through to Year 12.
Your child is an individual, so naturally, their needs will be too. We tailor our support to target your child’s particular requirements, whether they’re at school or in the home. Big believers in building on existing
strengths, we’ll utilise your child’s talents to help them learn and develop new skills.
Occupational therapy and speech pathology supports your child to thrive. That might mean boosting their self esteem, growing independence, developing better confidence, learning social skills, and generally improving their wellbeing. Occupational therapy and speech pathology can help to set your child up for a successful and happy life.
When we take on your child for occupational therapy or speech pathology, we’re teaming up with the whole family. Of course, our therapists work to fill each appointment with value for your child. However, the techniques and strategies we establish will need to be implemented in the home as well. As a parent you’re there to support your child while they’re at home or out and about in the world. So, we’ll provide you with the tools you need to help your child thrive.
We’ll work with you to develop strategies and ideas you can use at home to support the skills we’re developing.
Your child will learn to structure their day and follow routine — this might include items like getting ready for school on time.
We’ll guide your child through learning to prepare their own food, use cutlery, and 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 independence in those daily hygiene routines. They’ll learn 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.
We’ll target those key skills behind writing neatly, using the correct formations and punctuation, and touch typing efficiently.
Here your child will develop their ability to remember multi-step instructions to complete tasks at school or home.
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. We’ll build their confidence in the community: joining activities, using public transport, safety, going to a sleepover, or 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 continue to target clear speech sound production in this age-group.
We will support your child to develop the receptive and expressive language skills required for classroom learning. Classroom language requires children to progress from the informal language we use in conversation to the more formal, literate language skills we require to develop written expression skills.
We will target skills required for successful reading and spelling as well as reading comprehension and written expression skills.
At OCC Therapy, our focus is helping your child achieve the very best outcomes, whether that means building confidence, encouraging participation, or building vital skills. Our sessions are tailored to your child. So, if they’re having difficulty at home, we’ll come work with them there, if it’s at school, we’ll partner with their teacher in the classroom.
Meeting your child where they are, we’ll build on their interests and skills. Then, we’ll shape our supports accordingly. Parents and teachers are invaluable in your child’s progress. We’ll ensure you’re involved and work as a partner in the process.
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.