Occupational Therapy

Paediatric Occupational Therapy assists children to develop the essential skills they need to both grow and prosper into functional and independent children and thereafter adults. Physical deficit, injuries and medical conditions are some causes where a child’s ability to perform common tasks such as eating, toileting, playing in the playground and making friends may be restricted. These may include delays through the various stages of physical, social, or cognitive development.

Our Occupational Therapists at Paediatric Centre Gold Coast strive to guide every child and their family toward their greatest success. Our therapy is family-centred whereby our Occupational Therapists in collaboration with the family and child identify concerns and establish goals. Therapy is focused on reaching these goals and is delivered in a safe and supportive environment for each child to have fun, learn and thrive. Delivery of therapeutic services aims to be adaptable in the home and community, with our Occupational Therapists liaising with families to build on their current resources and provide tips such as particular activities or strategies to assist in the child’s development and prosperity.

What makes Occupational Therapy so different?

Occupational Therapy is holistic whereby therapists are interested in understanding all aspects of a child’s life. An Occupational Therapist may want to know about the child’s home and school environment, family culture and interests, whilst also focus on their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. In doing so, Occupational Therapists can assist in many areas of a child and their family’s life, for the purpose of supporting each child to become functional and independent beings.

Common Paediatrics Occupational Therapy interventions include:

  • School readiness
  • Fine and gross motor development
  • Social/play skill building
  • Cognitive skill building
  • Behavioural management
  • Emotional regulation
  • Home modifications