What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.
– OT Australia Website
Paediatric occupational therapists work with children. Children’s primary “occupations” are to be a student, friend, playmate and to be developing independence in their everyday life. Paediatric occupational therapists are trained to identify when a child is experiencing difficulty with these occupations, the cause of that difficulty and to implement suitable intervention to assist them to perform to the best of their ability. Paediatric occupational therapists do this by:
- assisting children to build new skills
- modifying tasks to enable children to be more successful
- modifying the environment to better support a child’s learning
Qualia Occupational Therapy for Children provides therapy at our two clinics in Rozelle and Hunters Hill, as well as within schools, pre-schools and day cares.
Qualia provides intervention to help children address functional skills or underlying capacity concerns such as:
- handwriting skills
- pre-writing skills
- letter recognition and formation
- fine motor skills (including pencil grasp, cutting skills)
- play skills (including using play equipment like a bike or scooter and creative play)
- coordination and gross motor skills
- organisation, attention and concentration
- self-regulation skills
- school readiness
- school preparation (getting dressed, organising belongings and packing school bags)
- dressing (buttons, shoelaces and clothes)
- using the bathroom (bath time, toilet skills and teeth brushing)
- social skills & communication
Qualia therapists provide intervention based on current evidence based therapy.
All therapists are trained to assess and provide intervention for a range of different tasks that your child may be finding challenging. This includes investigation of and intervention for motor, social, sensory, cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal underlying capacities.
Qualia therapists are trained to find your child’s strengths and develop an individualised therapy plan to suit your child’s needs.
What is it like to work with Qualia?
You will first speak with our clinical director to help establish if we are the right service for you. You will then be connected with the right therapist for your child. You will be asked to complete a parent questionnaire and your therapist may also liaise with the people who know your child best (with your consent), including their teacher and any other health professionals involved in their care.
Your child’s initial assessment will measure their underlying capacities (such as motor skills, cognitive capacity and sensory processing) that are impacting on their performance in the classroom or at home. Your therapist will select formal assessments and observations tailored to your child’s needs.
Intervention / therapy
Qualia therapists work to assist your child to achieve their potential at school. Every child receives an individual program to support their strengths and develop new skills as required. Intervention that is completed in a child’s own environment (i.e. school or home) has been shown to give the best outcomes.