Children's Occupational Therapy
What is Children's Occupational Therapy?
Children's Occupational Therapy focuses on supporting children with physical, neurological, sensory and developmental challenges, in achieving independence in all meaningful areas of their lives.
Many link the term 'occupation' with adults, and therefore its relevance to children is often overlooked. However, a child's main 'occupations' include playing, learning and self-care, which is where occupational therapists can promote and support further independence.
We commonly see and support children with:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Sensory Processing Differences
Gross Motor and coordination challenges
Difficulties engaging in play and social skills
Difficulties with self-care skills
Ways we can help support your child:
Sensory Processing is the way we navigate and organise our sensory world. CCOT therapists can provide assessment education and strategies suited to your child's unique profile and learning style, that will increase their self-awareness, sense of safety and self-regulation.
Social skills are the foundation skills required to interact with peers, family and friends. We all use a combination of verbal and non-verbal communication skills to socialise and there is no one size fits all approach. CCOT therapists utilise an evidence based intervention that has been developed by neuro-diverse health professionals to support children's social identity and their social interactions.
Self-care skills are the routine activities we do to look after ourselves. This includes dressing, bathing, toileting and brushing our teeth. Our therapists can support children who have difficulty performing or managing these everyday tasks.
School Readiness Skills
School readiness skills are the physical, academic, developmental, and social skills required to transition into the school setting. Occupational Therapy input works to provide a link between the school and family to build a safe, inclusive and positive experience for schooling transitions.
Play is an essential occupation for children, and one of the main ways children learn how to interact with, and respond to their peers. CCOT therapists can work with your child to understand their unique strengths and interests in play, and support them in expanding on their interests and interactions through play.