“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard, the Writing Life
Our Occupational Therapists (OT) work with young people and their families to provide highly individualised occupational therapy for children and teenagers in Sydney. They work with NDIS funded and self-funded children who need occupational therapy. Our team help teenagers engage in their everyday tasks or occupations through occupational therapy, such as attending school or work, completing self-care tasks, independence with accessing the community and participating in leisure activities.
OTs help young people achieve their own meaningful goals. This process often involves the following:
- Identifying meaningful goals with the young person and their family
- Completing standardised assessments and interventions
- Working within the young person’s home, school and community environment
- Providing education to the young person’s family or carers to consolidate participation and improve performance in day to day tasks
Occupational therapy for children in Sydney is helpful for both the child and their carers for a number of different reasons. First and foremost is that it helps children who have physical and/or mental disabilities or medical conditions learn how to better manage this, and improve their physical functioning. As the child grows, occupational therapy for teenagers can be modified to further improve their physical ability and enhance their independence.
Early access to occupational therapy for children means that more can be done to increase their physical functioning, and they will be able to become more independent as they get older. This will make it easier for them to take care of themselves at home, manage their own transport and ideally find a fulfilling job. Occupational therapy for teenagers is also very useful, as it can help to fine-tune physical skills and increase independence – or, at worst, prevent physical degeneration. Occupational therapy for children in Sydney thus has a range of benefits.
Our team can provide occupational therapy for children in the following areas:
- Enhance independence with activities of daily living (e.g. eating, toileting and dressing)
- Instrumental activities of daily living through occupational therapy for teenagers (e.g. shopping, budgeting, transportation, cooking and home safety)
- Providing sensory integration therapies to assist with completing daily tasks, self-regulation and emotional de-escalation
- Modifying or adapting the environment to improve day to day tasks
- Enhancing fine motor skills, strength and coordination (e.g. handwriting, typing)
- Improving information processing and organisation skills
- Developing social skills and interpersonal interactions
Examples of NDIS funded goals that occupational therapy for children in Sydney has assisted with.
“Improve my performance at school.”
Alyssa, 11 years old
“I want to increase my independence at home.”
Joshua, 15 years old
“I’d like to concentrate better in class.”
Emily, 9 years old
“I want to catch public transport by myself and get my licence.”
Jacob, 17 years old