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Occupational Therapy – how does it work?

Occupational Therapists at Sensory Space work independently to provide a range of services. Occupational therapists evaluate the sensory, motor, cognitive, social, and communication skills of children that are related to their participation in everyday life activities. This is done through assessment, diagnosis, collaboration with parents and caregivers, and therapeutic intervention for children.

Particular emphasis is placed on a child’s sensory, motor, emotional regulation, organizational skills social relationships, and self-advocacy skills with the aim for the child to reach their full potential.

Who do Occupational Therapists see?

Children with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD);
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/ Dyspraxia;
  • Sensory Integration difficulties;
  • Down syndrome;
  • Poor attention and concentration skills;
  • Intellectual disabilities;
  • Physical disabilities;
  • Fine motor skills difficulties;
  • Independence difficulties;
  • Delayed development.

Occupational Therapy Assessment

The parents and child are invited for an assessment which takes place in our Centre. Depending on the child’s age and level of ability, the assessment can be play-based or can involve standardized assessments. These can involve a full assessment of their overall needs or assessments in specific areas depending on the children and families’ needs.
If you are unsure of the assessment you require, please contact our Centre to discuss this with one of the Therapists. Parents will be provided with a written report and recommendations following the child’s assessment.

What does the Occupational Therapy look at?

OT looks at:
  • Sensory integration and sensory-based strategies;
  • Independent living skills and self care including washing, dressing;
  • Technology recommendations in education and other activities;
  • Hand writing/fine motor assessment/recommendations;
  • Organisational skills;
  • Motor development and motor planning skill development;
  • Social-emotional development and self-regulation strategies and programs;
  • Sleep;
  • Selective eating in collaboration with other team members;
  • Play/ leisure participation activities;
  • Supports in school and in the community.

Occupational Therapy Intervention

Occupational Therapy Intervention can include:

  • Team-based intervention which involves joint sessions with Sensory Room Therapist /Psychologist and/or intervention specialists such as the Play or Art Therapists;
  • Interventions with other members of the team;
  • Parent training or parent consultations;
  • Teacher training;
  • Direct one-to-one therapy;
  • Group therapy;
  • Advice for home/preschool/school settings;
  • Home and/or school programmes;
  • Whole school interventions.

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