What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a client centred health profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. Occupations refer to the everyday activities that people do and this includes self-care activities (e.g. toileting, dressing & eating), leisure and play activities (e.g. play skills, sport and gross motor skills, craft skills) and work (or school/kinder for children).
Occupational Therapists complete a university degree at undergraduate or master’s entry level. In Paediatrics, Occupational Therapists can assist your child in the following areas:
- Fine motor skills: pencil grasp, cutting, drawing, writing and using cutlery.
- Gross motor skills: walking, running, climbing, ball games.
- Self-care skills: dressing skills, toilet training, eating & bathing.
- Play skills: Imaginative and social play skills such as turn taking & sharing.
- Sensory processing: Children can have difficulty processing information from their senses such as taste, smell, movement or sight and can be either over responsive or under responsive to sensory information which can affect their behaviour and learning.
- Cognitive: attention and concentration, problem solving and organisation.
bestchance Occupational Therapists work Monday to Friday, and can work with you and your child onsite here at bestchance, or at your home or your child’s childcare/kinder/school.