What is Occupational Therapy?

What is OT?

Occupational Therapists (OT’s) at Connecting OT are all about building success that your child needs to work on and experience within their functional environments.

This process involves observing and addressing a combination of factors that affect the ability to experience success and complete specific tasks or a range of tasks at home, at school or kinder and particularly transitioning between activities.

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We work to observe areas such as muscle tone and strength, generally through the body and effects on tasks. We look at the motor planning and executive functioning abilities needed to know how to start, transition and sequence through tasks. We also look at the ability to concentrate, stay on track and emotionally regulate throughout this process.

Goals are developed and continuously fine-tuned with input from the teacher, parents and the child. Key areas addressed are organisation, concentration, social skills, gross motor development, fine motor development, such as handwriting and sensory regulation.

Occupational Therapy, often abbreviated as ‘OT’, promotes health by enabling people to perform meaningful and purposeful occupations (roles). These roles include positive participation in school, learning, leisure, self-care, domestic and social activities. Specializing in paediatric OT, Connecting OT take a fresh approach to the traditional application of OT principles and provide a solutions orientated, relationship built program that is adaptable to the needs of each individual family. As we are a health promotion service, we work with children that may have a diagnosis. We also work to support children that are finding one or two things a little harder than they need to be.

Occupational Therapists work with people to allow them to complete their 'occupations' as independently as possible. Occupations are anything that we do throughout our day. For children the occupations an OT can help with may include self care skills like dressing, feeding or toileting, play skill development, handwriting or other fine motor development skills, attention and learning, gross motor skill development and social development. While focusing on occupations OT's also focus on what is impacting on the child's ability to complete these tasks. This includes considering the environment, how the child is processing sensory information, the supports the child has in place and how they fit into their family and education environments. OT's provide support to multidisciplinary teams in the diagnosis of a range of conditions including, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Challenges and Developmental Coordination Disorder.