Kids in Motion Occupational Therapy

When do I need an Occupational Therapist?

It can be difficult as a parent understanding what is best for our children, especially when they are having difficulties either at school or at home. These difficulties can appear in the form of behavioural turbulence, sensory disruption, learning difficulties as well as specific conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD/ ADD and ODD.


Occupational Therapy can help parents to understand why their child is having difficulties and will work with you to overcome these challenges.  The Occupational Therapist may conduct some assessments and share the outcomes with your child's GP, Paediatrician and/ or school to enhance their ability to learn, behave and socialise at school and at home.


We will develop goals with you and your child so that they are realistic and achievable.  We will then provide occupational therapy treatment with your child at your home, your child's school or our clinic and then teach you how to carry on these activities at home in between therapy sessions to maximise the outcomes for your child.


We focus on actives that are fun and that fit in with family time.  We encourage siblings to attend sessions and participate in therapy where appropriate.

 

Kids In Motion Occupational Therapy helps children to learn, grow and reach their full potential to perform important roles in their life.  


If your child is displaying any of the behaviours below and you are concerned, call us and speak to one of our Occupational Therapists so that we can help you.

  • Has frequent tantrums or meltdowns (often over minor things)
  • Has an aggressive manner/ acts out
  • Is stubborn / close minded 
  • Does not show emotion 
  • Appears withdrawn/ depressed
  • Has difficulty maintaining attention
  • Has difficulty switching between tasks
  • Fidgets
  • Dislikes tags on clothes/ textures
  • Has trouble making friends
  • Does not play well with peers and/ or siblings
  • Is a fussy eater
  • Has difficulty brushing teeth or eating different textured foods
  • Is struggling with school
  • Academic performance has deteriorated
  • Has poor, illegible handwriting (despite age)
  • Appears tired all the time
  • Has difficulty getting to sleep
  • Is clumsy
  • Has poor co-ordination and has difficulty with sport
  • Has been slow to reach developmental milestones

This is not a comprehensive list and some of these behaviours can be explained following an Occupational Therapy assessment and in some cases may reassure you that everything is OK. Where we cannot help, we can help you make a referral to the appropriate service (eg. Psychologist).


Call Kids In Motion Occupational Therapy to speak to one of our Occupational Therapists on 02 4647 9995 to have a chat or book in for an assessment.


What does an Occupational Therapist Do?

Occupational Therapists work with your child to improve their:Social skills for playSelf help skills (bathing, dressing, toileting, eating)HandwritingSensory abilities to improve behaviour and performanceFine and gross motor skill developmentOrganisation, memory and information processing for school workWe can also provide your child with equipment or environmental modifications at home or school, in addition to linking you and your family into community support and respite care programs.

We provide occupational therapy on an individual basis at our clinic, in your home or at your child's school. We will work with you, your family and your child's teachers to establish realistic goals and ensure there is a coordinated approach to therapy. We will provide you with a home program to support you and your family between therapy sessions.It is important to us that we provide therapy that is fun and enjoyable so that your child enjoys attending our occupational therapy sessions.
We can help you if your child has

  • Sensory Processing difficulties
  • Developmental delays
  • Autism (or ASD)
  • ADD/ ADHD
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Gifted children with learning difficulties
  • A physical disability such as Cerebral Palsy
  • Dyspraxia and Ataxia