Occupational Therapy

 Julia Ferraro

The occupational therapist role is primarily consultative, assisting teaching staff and parents with strategies and/ or equipment that will help to enhance the students’ abilities and independence in self care, fine motor tasks, and school based activities.

The daily occupations of childhood are recognised as play, school, and self-care. An occupational therapist helps students to develop the foundational skills required to perform these activities to the best of their abilities. Our occupational therapist works with students and staff to implement strategies and develop programs around:

  • Developing fine motor skills (including pencil grasp, in-hand manipulation and coordinating both hands to complete activities)
  • Developing independence in self-care skills (e.g. dressing, toileting, grooming)
  • Increasing tolerance of different senses (e.g. loud noises, brushing hair, certain smells, textured foods)
  • Limiting excessive seeking or avoidance of movement, through integration of sensory breaks throughout curricula activities
  • Increasing motor planning skills and motor co-ordination
  • Developing play skills

The occupational therapist role is primarily consultative, assisting teaching staff and parents with strategies and/or equipment that will help to enhance the student’s abilities and independence in self-care, fine motor tasks, and school based activities. Our occupational therapist works closely with the speech pathologist and physiotherapist to ensure a holistic approach to therapy.