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 or participation in daily life. If you know your child needs an OT assessment you can book this directly. The initial consultation can help you establish whether your child needs an OT assessment or another service. The Kids OT can also make recommendations or referrals to connect you with other professionals or services if required using the information gathered in the consultation.
OT school / teacher consultations are also available to provide individual, group and whole school OT supports using a 3-Tiered Support Model. The Kids OT facilitates 'Motor Skill Groups', 'Sensory Circuits' and 'OT Yoga' sessions in schools. The Kids OT provides education and training to school staff on neurodiversity affirming approaches to support students' sensory processing differences, self- regulation, organisational skills, independence, and motor skill development.
Evaluation & Report
The assessment process includes interview and questionnaires to gather a detailed medical and developmental history, and a record of the child's performance in everyday activities at home and school to identify individual strengths and participation challenges.
1:1 assessment of the child's sensory processing, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, visual perception, visual motor skills, and self-help skills can take place at home or school using standardised assessment tools and clinical observations to identify any areas that may be impacting on the child's occupational performance and participation in daily life.
Following this appointment, the standardised assessments, clinical observations, questionnaires, and rating scales will be scored and analysed, and a comprehensive report will be compiled outlining strengths and areas of need along with recommendations that can be shared with school.
The Kids OT is experienced in the assessment of Dyspraxia/DCD and has a particular interest in working with children in this area. An OT evaluation is an essential part of the diagnostic process for Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) in collaboration with a medical professional e.g., paediatrician required to provide a full medical review to exclude other medical causes for the child's motor coordination difficulties as part of the diagnostic criteria.
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.