Helping to meet life’s goals

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a wide and varied allied health discipline. Here at OSAH we speciailise in working with children 0-18. We have a passion for helping children reach their potential and continue to reach their potential long after OT has ceased.

Every child has many roles in which they need to actively participate in, some of these might be: Daughter/son, Brother/sister, student, self carer, dancer, soccer player etc. The role of the OT is to allow the child to meet the needs of all of these roles they have in their life.

We are guided by you, their parents, as well as input from their school, preschool or other significant people who can help make individualised and significant roles specific for your child.

Our Occupational Therapists are trained in:

  • Fine Motor & Gross Motor Play
  • Fussy Eating – a Sensory Approach
  • Brainworks Sensory Diets – designing and implementing individualised Sensory Diets
  • Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS)
  • Key Word Sign
  • Lis’n Tell – live inclusive story telling
  • Handwriting Without Tears – handwriting program
  • DIR Floortime – play therapy
  • Integrated Listening Systems – auditory processing therapy
  • The Astronaut Program – vestibular and visual sensory integration therapy
  • The Alert Program – self regulation therapy program
  • The M.O.R.E Program
  • Rhythm Therapy
  • Integrating retained primitive reflexes

Who needs Occupational Therapy?

Potential for needing Occupational Therapy – Low muscle tone, suspected global or developmental delay, prematurity, slow to meet motor milestones, difficulty engaging in play and other functional tasks, significantly behind their peers in any functional task.

This is a list of things you may find relevant for your child (please take into consideration their age and what tasks their peers can do)

  • Fine Motor Skills – picking up and manipulating items within the hand, opening bottles (twisting) and containers (strength), placing items in a particular hole (shapes in a shape sorter), picking up multiple items at the same time and co-ordinating the finger movements, counting on the fingers etc.
  • Pencil Skills – Holding the pencil, drawing basic lines and shapes, drawing a person and basic pictures, controlling the pencil, writing letters and numbers, forming letters and numbers correctly, writing on the line, spacing words and letters, legibility of writing, speed of writing.
  • Gross Motor Skills – crawling, walking, running, jumping, hopping, balancing, skipping, throwing and catching a ball, hand eye co-ordination etc.
  • Sensory Processing – Maintaining attention, coping with their environment (this might be covering ears in the shopping centre, screaming when the lawn mower/hairdryer/vacuum cleaner turns on, covering their eyes in the sun, making odd noises for no particular reason, constantly frustrated with clothes and how they feel, avoidance of messy play, difficulty sitting still etc.)
  • Self Care – dressing, buttons, zippers, shoe laces, feeding self with spoon & fork, cutting food with a knife, organisation etc.
  • Visual Perception – difficulty orientating objects, letter reversals, difficulty copying from the board, when copying text their writing frequently misses words, difficulty finding items among other objects etc.