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
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.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY – South West Sydney One Stop Allied Health & Medical Centre
Is your child clumsy or uncoordinated? Gross motor coordination
- Uncoordinated Joining in with playground games
- Dressing and posture
Messy handwriting, can write letters? Fine motor coordination
- Movement of the hand.
- Tired sore hands
- Messy writing
- Craft and tying shoelaces
- Dressing and posture
Does your child lack confidence or have poor self-esteem?
Self-awareness and body awareness
- Social emotional regulation Shyness
- Social skills
Is your child sensitive to loud noises? Sensory processing
- Under reactive or over reactive to sound
- Fine and gross motor skills
- Visual perception
- Hand preference
- Scissor skills and sensory processing
- Exam provisions
INFANT AND CHILD FEEDING CLINIC – South West Sydney One Stop Allied Health & Medical Centre
Is your child a fussy eater?
- Tired of mealtime battles. Multidisciplinary support for feeding issues
- Speech pathology
- Occupational therapy
- Psychology and paediatrician
MULTIDISCIPLINARY THERAPY SUPPORT – South West Sydney One Stop Allied Health & Medical Centre
Our team of professionals’ work with
- Learning difficulties
- Autism spectrum
- Sensory and motor planning
- Early intervention
- Social and emotional difficulties
- Mental health
- Comprehensive assessments
- Individual and group programs
- Clinic, school and home visits