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01 Sep 2021

How Occupational Therapy can support children with disability

Our team of occupational therapists work throughout Brisbane and the greater Brisbane area to support children and young people with disability to reach their personal and NDIS goals. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to support your child which means that our occupational therapists work with our physiotherapists, speech pathologists and with you to provide individualised support to your child.  

 

Let’s take a look at some of the ways that we might work with children with disability to support them in their everyday lives. Remember that every child is different so these are suggestions.

 

Step-by-step

Breaking down everyday tasks into individual steps helps children to learn and remember the sequence of a task from start to finish. Over time, they will increase their ability to complete the given tasks either independently or with reduced support.  

 

Fine motor skills

The small muscles in hands, wrists, fingers, feet and toes are vital for working on fine motor skills. Occupational therapy (OT) can help to strengthen these little muscles. We support children to work on their grasping, holding and gripping with fun activities like play clay, cutting, craft and more.  

 

Play time!

For a child with disability, an occupational therapy session looks a lot like play time! During an OT session your child might play games, do puzzles, paint, draw and so much more! Occupational therapy doesn’t need to feel like a chore for children, we make sure that your child has fun!

 

Independence

By supporting children to improve their ability in day-to-day tasks, in turn their confidence and independence will increase. This will happen in their own time. Our goal is to help children with disability to do more of the things that they love and just be kids!

 

Further information

Visit our occupational therapy page, email intake@xavier.org.au or call us in 1800 XAVIER.