Many people think of occupation as their “job” or their primary source of income, however occupation is much more than that… An occupation is anything with “occupies” your time, and there are many ‘jobs’ we all need to do through the day.
A child’s occupations typically include:
- self-care activities (dressing, eating, toileting, sleeping)
- play and social interactions (peers, family and community)
- learning (school, childcare, play-group, with parents, alone or with peers)
Where a child may be having difficulty with one or more of these roles, and Occupational Therapist looks at the skills needed to complete each task, and the areas which may be challenging.
At OT for Kids NT, we focus on the foundations of ‘being’. Our sensory system is what makes each of us perfectly unique. It forms the basis for everything we do throughout the day, how calm or alert we feel, what we like or don’t like, protects us from pain and brings immense pleasure. It influences our ability to plan and be organized, concentrate, to move our bodies and to learn. It is the basis for learning, play, social skills, school work, using our hands, sports, toileting, dressing, eating and everything else we choose to do throughout the day.
Many children we see do not have a diagnosis. They may have a single area or difficulty, or be showing difficulties across a range of skill areas. Other children have a diagnosis, such as an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, ADHD or a learning disorder. We also see children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and range of other conditions.
There is no criteria at OT for Kids NT. We believe every child deserves support, encouragement, the chance to show their true potential, and a life filled with joy and laughter.
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Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using their voice.