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09 Nov 2020

Supporting children with disability: Occupational Therapy North Lakes

We recently expanded our team of occupational therapists to support more children and young people with disability in the North Lakes area. At Xavier, we take a multi-disciplinary approach to support your child to meet their therapy goals our occupational therapists work with our physiotherapists and speech pathologists to support children and young people.  

 

Let’s take a look at some of the ways that an occupational therapist might work with a child with disability to support them in their everyday lives.

 

Break the task down

 

Breaking down everyday tasks into individual steps helps children to learn the sequence needed to complete a task. Over time, they are able to improve their ability to complete given tasks either independently or with less support.  

 

Fine motor skills

 

The small muscles in children’s hands, wrists, fingers, feet and toes are vital for working on fine motor skills. Occupational therapy (OT) can help to strengthen these little muscles and children are supporting to work on their grasping, holding, pressing (play doh is great for this) and gripping.

 

Play time!

 

OT looks a lot like play time! During an OT session children might play games, do puzzles, play with clay, paint, draw and so much more! OT doesn’t need to feel like a chore for children when there’s so much fun to be had!

 

Independence

 

By supporting children to improve their ability in day to day tasks, their confidence and independence will increase over time so that they get to do more of the things that they love and just be kids!

 

Get further information on how our team of OTs based in North Lakes can support your child with disability by visiting our occupational therapy page , emailing intake@xavier.org.au or call us in 1800 XAVIER.