Occupational Therapy

Koorana Child & Family Services employs a team of highly trained occupational therapists to support your child to improve their skills to make it easier to do day-to-day tasks such as getting out of bed or brushing their teeth. Gaining independence in each task improves self-esteem and confidence.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy assists children and young people to develop skills for increased independence. The overall aim of Occupational Therapy is to maximise opportunities for full participation at home, school and in the community. 

Koorana’s occupational therapists can support your child to develop their self-care such as getting dressed and using a fork, emotional regulation, handwriting, coordination and concentration.

Who is it for?

Occupational Therapy is for any child who may benefit from a focused therapy program that will promote their independence and ability to participate fully in family community life.

What does an Occupational Therapy program look like?

Koorana’s team of experienced occupational therapists will work in partnership with you to create individual goals and strategies for skills development that best suit your child and family. Our occupational therapists will work directly with your child through targeted interventions, and coach you to nurture your child’s progress towards independence in everyday activities.

Our team will help your child to:

  • Develop independence in self-care tasks such as bathing, dressing, tooth brushing and mealtimes
  • Learn social skills such as sharing and turn taking so they can make friends and engage with other children
  • Build strength and coordination in their hands, legs and body to participate in areas of play
  • Improve their concentration and attention so they can participate with others and learn effectively
  • Regulate their emotions so they can respond appropriately in a variety of social contexts
  • Prepare for transition to school and post-school programs

Where does Occupational Therapy take place?

Occupational Therapy can take place at a Koorana centre, in the home, classroom, or other community setting. Our team will work closely with you to establish a location that best suits your needs.

How long does Occupational Therapy go for?

Individual sessions run for 30-60 minutes. The total number of sessions varies with each child depending on your goals. Our team will talk to you to discuss the most appropriate course of action for your child.

What if I do not speak English?

We can arrange for an interpreter as per your needs.

Do I need a referral to access Occupational Therapy?

No, you do not need a referral from your GP to access Koorana’s services. However, if you wish to access Medicare funding, you will need to see your GP to determine eligibility and to obtain a treatment plan.

What is the cost of Occupational Therapy?

Prices are set according to NDIS price guide. For NDIS participants with therapy funding the cost of occupational therapy will be met entirely by your NDIS plan. Medicare rebates cover a percentage of treatment costs, as do private health funds where these include allied health services coverage. Please contact us to discuss the best funding options for you.

To find out more contact Koorana Child & Family Services on (02) 8321 9600, or contact us here.

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