Our occupational therapists help children so they can develop skills that help them navigate a broad range of environments.
Many of the children who come to us have a physical or cognitive difficulty. For example, we help children with birth defects, traumatic injuries, sensory processing disorders, development delays, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD just to name a few. We also help fussy eaters, children with toileting troubles and sleep disturbances etc.
Occupational therapy is about working with both the physical and social aspects of the child’s life so therapy is likely to involve parents, siblings or other family members, schools and other professionals in the child’s life. This way the occupational therapist can develop a plan to improve functioning in a way that is meaningful in everyday life.
While Occupational therapists use educational exercises and games in session we have listed below a number of ways they help make a difference in children’s lives:
If you would like further information about our occupational therapy services please contact the team at YoungMinds.
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This is a six session program designed to help children gear themselves up to focus on activities at school, follow routines at home and to play with others.
It uses the principles of the internationally recognised “Alert Program” that aims to each self-regulation strategies.
Our program aims to provide an opportunity for children to:
The program includes a 30 minute parent discussion at each session so that the skills taught can be discussed and embedded across the home, community and school environments.
This is a four session program designed to focus on the specific skill required for handwriting.
The aim is to help problem solve the difficulties each child is having with handwriting. It includes a focus on fine motor skills, grasp development, letter formation and other basic elements of handwriting.
The group will provide opportunity for children to: