What is Paediatric Occupational Therapy?
Paediatric Occupational Therapy is a holistic therapy that focuses on promoting health and well-being for your child. The primary goals of Occupational Therapy are to enable your child to participate and achieve their full potential in their everyday activities.
Occupational Therapists have a broad education that equips them with skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with you, your child and other professionals / educators or family / care givers, involved with your child’s care and development. They are also focused on assessing your child’s environment to ascertain what modifications are needed to better support participation.
Occupational Therapists are trained to treat your child holistically, addressing their cognitive, emotional and physical needs through functional, interest, meaningful and activity-based treatment. Occupational Therapy can help your child to develop the skills needed to:
Play with toys / activities / other children appropriately
Regulate their activity / attention / emotional levels
Become more independent in their self-care skills
Feel confident, safe and happy in their environments
Reach their full potential in their development
Occupational Therapists can complete either a Bachelor or Masters University Degree that provides them with a knowledge base of neurology, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, child development, psychology, psychosocial development, activity-task analysis and therapeutic techniques.