CHILD AND ADOLESCENT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Occupational therapy is often associated with restoring quality of life in a person’s twilight years. But it can also transform the lives of children and adolescents facing the limitations of physical, intellectual or psychological disability, injury, illness or dysfunction by enabling them to function at the highest level they can – in turn enhancing life satisfaction. By combining clinical knowledge, knowledge of education and childcare, familiarity with relevant legislation and local resources and a large degree of creativity, an occupational therapist or O.T. will circumvent barriers to a child’s independence and success by adapting the environment or processes to leverage their strengths and abilities. This may include the prescription of assistive technology or therapeutic aids that overcome or minimise a child’s specific functional limitations.
Driven to encourage a child or teenager’s independence and confidence in their own capacity to participate fully in school, leisure and social activities, a Soaring Health occupational therapist may also adopt an informal coaching role – from helping a participant to become proficient in new skills to serving as a language practice partner to relieve social anxiety associated with speech difficulties. An occupational therapist will also educate family members and, where relevant, teachers and carers, to ensure a young person is supported in their efforts to realise independence and wellbeing.
Who can benefit from children’s occupational therapy?
- NDIS child participants suffering injury or disability
- Children suffering musculoskeletal pain or discomfort limiting movement
- Children with growth delays or asymmetries affecting function (e.g. balance)
- Children with gross or fine motor control issues or deficits
- Children with gait issues
- Children with musculoskeletal injuries
- Children with developmental delays
Services provided by Soaring Health child occupational therapists
- Assessment of functional capacity and limitations
- Home and school facility assessment and modification recommendations
- Prescription of assistive and therapeutic aids / assistance with training
- Formulation of a realistic management plan-including education of the child and parents for implementation