An individualised 1-hour assessment is conducted based on your child's difficulties, and allows the occupational therapist to devise goals and a therapy plan using their developmental history and standardised assessment and observations. Options for therapy will be discussed at the end of the appointment – a client-centred and holistic approach to therapy is taken, meaning goals will be formulated and prioritised in collaboration with the family. A written report can be provided upon request, which will outline the findings/results of the assessment.
Working in the child’s home or school, that is, in their natural environment, allows for more accurate assessment and effective therapy, and takes the hassle out of travelling to a clinic. It ensures that intervention is embedded in everyday routines, which, in turn, optimises the opportunities for social, emotional and physical growth. Intervention sessions can be 30 or 45 minutes long; weekly or fortnightly; depending on the child’s needs. Feedback on your child's progress is provided at the end of each session.
Sometimes a child does not need ongoing individual therapy, however you may still like suggestions for activities you can practice at home that would help alleviate their difficulties. We can organise one-off parent only or parent/child sessions to cater for this, with formal home programmes offered if desired.
We provide short screens for children aged 3-7 years, in order to determine whether occupational therapy is needed. This can be organised through the school, and can entail whole-class screening or screening of children identified to be struggling by their teachers.
Professional development for schools
Perth Children's Occupational Therapy is keen to work with teachers and other school staff to ensure an integrated approach to children's development and growth. Professional Development sessions for teachers are offered, covering a range of topics, including gross motor skills, fine motor skills, handwriting and sensory processing. Sessions provide information, classroom strategies and resources to help all children, but in particular those struggling to keep up with their peers. If there are certain topics you would like covered, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Initial assessments, individual therapy and consultancy are now available via Telehealth. Telehealth utilises a secure video platform to deliver services of the same quality as face-to-face sessions. It is a convenient way to access occupational therapy when face-to-face sessions are not possible, for example, due to geographical location, risks to health and safety (e.g. Covid-19), or medically under-serviced communities. The resources that you have at home will be utilised, so that minimal additional equipment and technology are required.
Perth Children’s Occupational Therapy provides home and school-based services for children aged 3-12 years old in Perth, Western Australia. This means that children are seen in their natural environment and skills gained in therapy can more easily be generalised to their everyday tasks and routines. The assessment and therapy process is tailored to meet each child/family’s needs.