Occupational Therapists (OTs) have skills in assessing and observing what children "do" and supporting them to learn new skills and participate in activities which are relevant and meaningful to them.
Some children may need more support to develop these skills and independence, as a result of a diagnosis (e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome) or a challenging start to life (e.g. born premature, illness in the neonatal or early childhood period).
Sometimes babies can have a difficult start to life (like being born premature, or having an illness or surgical need during the neonatal period), and this might put them at risk of developmental challenges.
We have specific skills to be able to identify any developmental issues early and put the right supports in place if needed.
Feel free to contact us to find out whether your baby might benefit from an assessment or developmental surveillance.
Some infants might need some support to learn skills to become independent with their play and self-care activities (e.g. using their hands for play and eating, developing their attention and thinking skills for play).
We have extensive experience providing evidence-based interventions to babies and families. These interventions and support are goal-directed and help to facilitate learning which maximises independence and participation.
Occupational Therapists working in the neonatal space have unique training in infant neurobehaviour and sensory regulation abilities, which directly impacts on sleep.
We strongly believe in gentle support and guidance to enable your baby to get the sleep they need in order to help them maximise their awake times for learning, socialising and play.
We are not traditional "sleep consultants" but please contact us if you'd like to know more about how we can help you and your baby with sleep.
When there is concern around a child's development, there are several evidence based assessments which can be used to pinpoint the issue.
We use a range of assessments to identify the strengths of your child, but also the gaps in their skills, participation or learning.
Following an assessment, we collaborate with you to identify relevant and meaningful goals for your child, and determine a plan of action for therapy support if needed.
Some children need OT support through therapy to help progress their skills to enable independence and participation.
Some of the areas OTs can support are:
* Motor skills -using hands for play and mealtimes, tolerance for playing in a variety of positions, sitting for mealtimes and play
* Play and thinking skills - e.g. exploring and engaging in play, functional play like cause and effect, developing pretend play skills
* Sensory processing where there are challenges impacting on participation or engagement in activities of daily living – e.g. tactile sensitivity impacting on tolerance for messy play or finger feeding
Some infants and children might need support with the right equipment (aka Assistive Technology), to promote their independence and functional participation.This might be for activities like sitting for mealtimes, sitting for play, bathing or showering, or using mobility support to access the community.
Our OTs have extensive experience supporting children with both physical and medical complexities, and working with families to find the right equipment solution to support their child's needs.