According to the University of Queensland, “Occupational therapists are health professionals trained to assist people of all ages overcome factors which limit their ability to function in certain ‘occupational roles’. These limiting factors may have been caused by injury or illness; psychological or emotional difficulties; developmental delay; or the effects of ageing.
Occupational therapists consider individual strengths, disabilities, goals, and social and environmental resources, then work to optimise clients’ functioning ability and quality of life.”. (Source: https://www.uq.edu.au/study/program.html?acad_prog=2022)
How can occupational therapists help kids?
Occupational therapists, or OTs, can help children who have any issues with aspects such as:
- Fine motor skills
- Gross motor skills
- Sensory processing
- Play and social skills
- Handwriting and other school skills
- Behavioural difficulties, and more
Occupational therapists can help any children facing such issues, and can also help children who have learning difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia and other medical diagnoses. They can assess your child’s needs, make a plan to improve their skills in a positive and age-appropriate way, and teach strategies for overcoming any issues your child faces.
There are many occupational therapy services available in Brisbane. These include private occupational therapy, a behaviour specialist centre, and even mobile speech and occupational therapists. Click the links below to find out more and find the best service to suit you and your family.