05 Feb 2020

Therapy Support for Children in Brisbane - Tips for Home

Therapy at home is such a great way to support your child with a disability. Parents and caregivers can often have concerns about home therapy like “when will I fit it in?” or “will I do it right?”

The good news is that therapy at home doesn’t need to feel like therapy. Your Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist or Physiotherapist can work with you on ways to make therapy at home fun for the whole family.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Keep it playful – Find things that your child finds fun and play away! Playing is therapy in disguise. Don’t forget sensory play, having fun with shaving cream, colours, textures and more.
  2. Include siblings – Getting the whole family involved means that siblings aren’t excluded and everyone is having fun. Give other siblings roles, modified for their age.
  3. Get organised – Having therapy activities ready to go can be a huge help on busier days. Store labelled containers with everything you need for a given activity, that way you don’t have to spend precious time setting up.
  4. Take a break – If you or your child are feeling overwhelmed or stressed and therapy is adding to this then take a break. If you have a lot going on one week, take a break. If you or your child is sick, you guessed it, take a break.
  5. Make it special – Allocating time(s) each week for therapy makes this time special. It’s exclusively dedicated to therapy with your child. Having toys and items that are only brought out for therapy also makes it special.
  6. Create a space – Similarly, having a designated space in your home where you sit together and do therapy, sets the expectation and your child will get excited that it’s therapy time. This can be as simple as a therapy table or a reading nook.

If you’d like some further info on therapy support for children in Brisbane, including at home occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy activities, have a chat with your therapist.