Once a child is referred, we do comprehensive assessment to determine their current skills and identify goals for intervention together with family involvement. To gather a holistic view of the child's needs, we use a range of standardised and non-standardised assessments, formal and informal observations, and discussions with educators and parents. Assessments generally run for 1- 2 hours, in which time we are able to assess gross and fine motor skills, visual skills, self care and independence, handwriting and pencil grip, as well as play and sensory processing. Most of the children's behaviour, attention and concentration, play skills, fine motor and gross motor skills can be associated with sensory processing, and we are highly trained in this area.
The treatment program will be aimed at targeting the goals set collaboratively by the therapist and parents during the assessment. Our sessions are typically 1 hour in length; however this can be negotiated at any stage depending on individual circumstances. We strongly believe in the importance of input from parents/carers in sessions so that skills learnt in the clinic can be practised at home and parents feel confident with home implementation. Our integrative approach also provides home and school programs to ensure the child's needs are being met outside the clinic.
Preschool/School and Home Visits
Further support outside the clinic is possible through visits to preschool, school or home in order to demonstrate therapy techniques to educators, parents or carers and assist in the child's skill transfer outside the clinic.
Groups are often very beneficial in allowing children to transfer skills learnt in the clinic to a natural social environment. Groups are a great way for children to practise fine motor skills, develop attention, and further social skills in a safe and nurturing environment. They can be conducted at the clinic or at preschool/school with a view to demonstrating the support techniques your child needs to their teachers.
It is very important for your child's development that parents, teachers and carers are equipped with the knowledge and tools to provide support for your child's individual needs. To this end, Therapy Point is able to provide information sessions for preschools, schools or at home regarding sensory processing, DIR/Floortime therapy, and a range of other techniques that can benefit your child's development with easy integration outside the clinic.
The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable children to participate in the activities of everyday life and maximise their independence.
The activities include play skills, self care skills, and attention/concentration regulation to attend to their environment. The therapists at therapy point work with children to maximise their potential in these areas and become more independent with their improved skills.
Our Occupational therapists at Therapy Point will assist your child with difficulties in the following areas as required:
- Attention and concentration difficulties including ADHD/ADD.
- Disorders of relating such as autism spectrum disorders.
- Functional difficulties (e.g. feeding, toileting, dressing, shoe tying, bike riding).
- Fine motor difficulties including limitations in motor planning, grasp and handwriting.
- Gross motor difficulties including limitations in motor planning, coordination and sports related activities.
- Sensory processing/sensory integration challenges including limitations in registering sensation, interpreting sensation, organising sensation, and being over-responsive or under-responsive to sensation.
- Visual processing/visual perceptual challenges.
- Learning disabilities.
- Regulatory disorders including children with difficulties in sensory, behavioural and emotional regulation.
- Issues related to behaviours seen as negative or inappropriate.
- Learning disabilities.
Speech Pathologists assess, diagnose and treat children who have communication difficulties or difficulties chewing and/or swallowing.
Therapy Point can assist children with difficulties in the following areas:
- Language development (understanding and expression)
- Speech development (articulation, stuttering, motor planning/dyspraxia)
- Engaging and relatedness
- Auditory Processing
- Literacy (reading and writing)
- Swallowing or Eating
- Voice (quality, loudness & awareness of voice use)
- Social communication (greetings, making friends, social interactions etc.