A Paediatric or Children's Occupational Therapist assesses the child's motor, sensory, perceptual self-care and everyday living tasks. They provide fun, educational, and play based therapy to help the child reach their maximum potential. We see children aged 0-19 years and have recently commenced support for young people aged 19-25.
You can refer directly to arrange an assessment or treatment for your child's needs. Generally, we are able to carry out an initial assessment within 2-4 weeks of referral.
As part of the therapy a child may receive from an Occupational Therapist, Sensory Integration theory and practice supports children with disorders affecting their sensory and motor systems. Sensory Integration is relating to the way a child is able to assimilate information from the world around them, organise it, and interpret it. From this point the child can then use the information to:
This can involve learning how to:
Using skills and knowledge also from neuro-developmental theories, the Occupational Therapist helps the child develop these skills and work towards achieving their full potential.