THE KIDS OT SERVICES
Providing the highest quality, occupation-based, evidence-informed Occupational Therapy for children and their families.
OT services can be provided in your home, your child's pre-school / school or via Telehealth.
PARENT / SCHOOL CONSULTATION
Screening & Information
A parent consultation may be useful if you would like to discuss concerns that you or your child's school have in relation to your child's development, performance and / or participation in daily life at home and / or at school. It includes an initial screening of your child before deciding on whether a full OT assessment is required. The Kids OT can make recommendations or referrals to connect you with other professionals or services if required using the information gathered in the initial consultation and screening.
OT school / teacher consultations are also available to provide individual, group and whole school OT services using a 3-Tiered Support Model. The Kids OT provides education and training to school staff on approaches to support students' sensory processing differences, behavioural and emotional regulation, and motor skill development.
Evaluation & Report
The assessment process includes interviews and questionnaires to gather a detailed medical and developmental history, and a record of your child's performance in everyday activities at home and school to identify strengths and participation challenges.
A comprehensive assessment of your child's sensory processing, motor skills and performance abilities will take place at home or school using standardised / non-standardised assessment tools and play-based clinical observations to identify the underlying factors that may be impacting on your child's functional skills and participation in daily life. You will receive a detailed OT assessment report outlining your child's strengths and areas of need along with recommendations that can be shared with school.
The Kids OT assessment can provide an essential part of the diagnostic process for Developmental Coordination Disorder in collaboration with a paediatrician who can confirm the diagnosis after a full medical review to exclude other medical causes for the child's coordination difficulties.
Child & Family-Centred
Child-centred goals / outcomes are established collaboratively with the child and family prior to intervention relating to areas of occupational engagement, performance and / or participation that are relevant, meaningful and important to the child and family. Educational staff can also be involved in this process if goals relate to school.
Direct 1:1 or group OT intervention can be provided at home, school and in the community. OT intervention approaches are tailored to meet your child's individual needs focusing on your child's abilities, goals and priorities as identified in the evaluation. OT intervention also includes parent / teacher education and coaching, home / school OT programmes, environmental adaptations, measuring outcomes, monitoring progress and review.
Telehealth is the use of technology such as video conferencing, teleconferencing, or mobile telephone application technology to plan, implement, and evaluate occupational therapy intervention, education, and consultation. It is a service delivery model that allows virtual OT consultation and aspects of the OT assessment and intervention process to be delivered remotely when face to face evaluation or intervention is not possible. A hybrid model is also possible using a mixture of in-person and telehealth OT service delivery to meet clients needs.