How can we help?
Why make a referral?
A parent calls me up and explains some of the daily challenges their child is having in school.
Parent describes at John often…
Another parent might call and explain that their child Sarah;
Another parent might call me to have a chat about their teenager, ‘Cal’ is struggling with
I can tell for this information that there are significate challenged for these children to participate in activities expected of them at their age. I will suggest an OT assessment is completed.
What is an OT assessment?
This involves testing, interviews and observations. But most importantly an assessment is me getting to know your child, within your family, their learning environment and their community. I will include an in-depth history of your child’s development so far. I will need to know your unique hopes and dreams for outcomes. Together we will think about future goals for your child that may be possible with occupational therapy.
Development areas with OT
I look at how you child is moving with co-ordination, posture, balance and how the manage their movements.
How your child organises, uses and the strength of their hands and fingers. We will look are hand writing, games and cutting with scissors.
With your help I will get a picture of how your child completes daily tasks to take care of themselves independently.
A test to understand how your child interprets and processes visual information. A vital skill for participation in learning in school.
With your help I will understand any challenged your child might be having that impacts their interactions with peers or other people. I will get a sense of how your child feels about social interactions and how this might be difficult for them.
I will assess how your child plans, attends to and executes goal-directed activities and how they regulate their emotions. How your child perceives themselves and their ability to integrate to allow them to participate in their peer groups and school.
How your child processes and learning information, are they able to visualise a scenario to help them understand and retain information. Are their ears working together to help them process the auditory information they receive in school without being distracted by the noise in the classroom?
How your child interprets and responds to sensations for the outside work and internally. Some children can be over- or under-responsive to sensory input, this can cause challenges with learning, attention and/or mood.
We all have 8 BIG senses effecting out body at all times:
- Tactile (Touch)
- Vestibular (Movement & Balance)
- Proprioception (Body Awareness & Control)
- Interoception (Internal System)
Can your child manage their emotions to as enthusiastic as possible towards their learning? Does your child have the confidence to identify and express their emotions in a healthy way? Emotional intelligence builds resilient children and families. Using regulation to enable your family to improve their emotional intelligence.
After an assessment period I will bring together all of the information and interpret how these might be effecting your child’s abilities and function in their environment. The data will help me to identify the underlying reasons your child is having challenges in daily life.
To continue explaining with the children’s stories above;
John might have sensory processing challenges which impact his ability to sit, pay attention and learn. In the testing there could be retained survival reflexes. John’s social and play skills might be lacking.
Developing a plan for goal-directed activities might be a challenge for him. John may have visual perceptual and auditory processing difficulties confusing him and overwhelming him with the way information is given to him during school.
Sarah might have weak core strength and struggling with fine motor due to retained postural reflexes, therefore school will feel like an uphill battle.
To regulate her sensory input, Sarah, may need extra sensory activities to increase her alertness. Sarah may have difficulty with balance, she hesitates to explore outdoors.
She might have visual perception or auditory processing challenges which cause her to go ‘offline’ when in school.
Cal may have sensory processing difficulties stemming from retained postural reflexes.
He may have poor body awareness, not feeling grounded and confident. He may have underlying co-ordination difficulties and weak core strength causing him to mot feel confident in close proximity to others and prefer his own company.
He may have sensory sensitivity to smells and the different smells in school give him a sore head.
Does any of this sound familiar?
What do you think about your own child?
After assessment, if OT services are recommended, we will set goals together that are specific to you. OT treatment will be directed towards the outcomes that really matter to your child and you.