Children and adolescents
Together we help you build your abilities and experience the joy of living.
Our Occupational Therapists (OT) work with children and teenagers of all ages, their families and support workers, within their home, school and community environments. Using age-appropriate, easy to follow therapies, we work with the whole family so that we can develop joint goals and the outcomes you experience are good for everyone.
Whether you’re wanting to bring your NDIS plan into action, are not sure what you’re entitled to under your plan, or you know your child needs therapy services but are not sure where to begin, Ability Action Australia can help you on your NDIS journey.
Who can we help?
We work with young people living with all levels of disability, across the age span. Our hard-working, dedicated therapists deliver tailored therapy services that focus on improving quality of life and making everyday life easier.
Our team is involved in working with all types of conditions, including:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Developmental delays and learning disabilities
- Cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders
- Genetic disorders such as Down’s Syndrome
- Mental health conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression
The training undertaken by our OTs also allows them to recognise the signs and symptoms of trauma. We work with young people and their caregivers to address trauma triggers and warning signs, developmental issues related to childhood trauma, and coping strategies such as relaxation techniques.
Our therapies can help your child with:
- Fine motor skills: writing, colouring and drawing, tying shoelaces, opening lunchboxes
- Gross motor skills: running, jumping, swimming, bike riding
- Social development: teaching children how to behave and react in social situations
- Sensory processing: helping your child to appropriately respond to sensory input
- Self care: everyday skills such as dressing, toileting, hygiene and eating
- Emotional regulation: showing children how to self-calm during certain situations
- Self management: organisation, keeping track of belongings, telling the time
How we work with your child
An important aspect of our work is our collaborative approach. We know that every child is different, and that families know them best – their challenges, needs, strengths and interests. Our OTs work closely with you and your child to understand their specific needs, and use that information to deliver a tailored therapy program. We use the latest research and technologies in our field to assess and design programs that are evidenced-based and effective.
The usual process our OTs follow with families and caregivers is as follows:
- Informal introduction and general discussion about the child’s challenges
- Questionnaire about developmental and medical history, education and areas of concern
- Child’s teacher may be consulted for more information about needs
- Standardised assessments carried out to better understand abilities with everyday activities
- Therapy goals developed
- Comprehensive report documenting observations and recommendations
- Evidence-based therapy program activated
- Education for parents, carers, support workers or teachers to help them implement therapy each day
- Play-based therapy
A good example of the type of therapy we use with children is play-based therapy. Playing is fun, and also allows children to engage with the world around them. Through play, kids develop physical and social skills, and learn about negotiation and problem solving.
At Ability Action Australia, we firmly believe in play-based therapy as an important, creative way to target the skills we want to develop in young people.
Examples of play-based therapies include:
- Sensory play using water, sand, dough or mud to build up tolerance to different textures
- Gross motor play using things like obstacle courses to build muscle strength with the whole body
- Fine motor play using crafts, puppets to build strength and coordination in the hands
For an example of how our Occupational Therapists work with children, please see the following video of our OT Rachel supporting Finn to reach his goals.
What strategies do we employ?
Our OTs provide therapies through the NDIS that are tailored to the individual child. These therapies help young people engage in their everyday tasks or occupations, from tying their shoelaces, to using their toothbrush, packing their lunchbox, riding their bike or attending school.
We use a range of approaches to obtain the best results with our young clients. These include:
Family-based: We work closely with families and their support workers to develop individual therapy programs. While our OTs are degree-based health experts who know a lot about helping people to participate in everyday life, parents are the experts on their child. They can help us better understand their child and identify approaches that are more likely to work.
Evidence-based: We adhere to the principles of evidence-based practice at Ability Action Australia. As evidence-based occupational therapists, we integrate the best available research evidence with information from clinical experience, client values and circumstances, and knowledge of the practice context. Evidence based practice also promotes a habit of inquiry and reflection by our therapists, and life long learning.
Holistic: Our OTs take a holistic approach to their treatment, so that we help young people with all aspects of their life, not just their condition. We focus on the whole person, supporting the physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing of our clients.
Why choose us?
We value simplicity in our methods, and long-term partnerships based on trust and credibility. Collaboration is also a core strength, so that we work through your goals as a team, while acknowledging that you know your needs best.
Choose us and benefit:
Achieve your goals
Local allied health professionals
Low wait times
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NDIS Occupational Therapy
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a way of supporting people with permanent and significant disability. The NDIS is designed to give individuals greater choice and control over when, where and how their funded supports are provided. The specific support and funding available is based on each individual’s specific needs. You can find out more about what therapeutic supports are funded by referring to the NDIS website.
Ability Action Australia have the capability to provide Occupational Therapy Australia wide.