Occupational therapy is used when someone is having difficulty with simple everyday tasks. It provides support for people whose health, disability or injury makes it difficult for them to accomplish things that they would either like to do, or can’t complete without assistance.
Occupational therapists work with people of any age – including children and older people – to help them participate in their daily activities and to live life to the fullest.
An occupational therapist identifies your strengths and difficulties and helps you work out practical solutions to help you maintain, regain or improve your independence. Those solutions can be either using different techniques, changing your environment or using new equipment.
Our therapists specialise in working with children and adopt a 'sensory integrative' approach to address problems with behaviour, learning and normal daily functioning. Their aim is to help children become as independent as possible, in all areas of their life.
Our therapists are qualified to undertake and advise you on:
Our occupational therapists (OTs):
A happy child can cope in every situation and Marga loves helping children toward lifelong happiness. One of her greatest joys though, is sharing those special moments, when a child masters a new skill as they slowly unravel the puzzle of their development.
Marguerite’s work is driven by her desire to make a difference in the lives of the children she works with and to empower parents with a greater understanding of their child’s developmental complexities.
Joanne’s passion to help children achieve their full potential made becoming an Occupational Therapist an obvious choice. In particular Joanne gets excited about what holistic and integrated health care can achieve for so many of her patients who otherwise would make only marginal improvement.
What is Sensory Integration?
We access the world through our seven senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch and the two related to movement (vestibular sense and proprioceptive sense).
The vestibular sense is a sophisticated sense in the inner ear that tells us when our bodies are displaced and helps us to orient to movement. The proprioceptive sense provides feedback from muscle movement and joint position, sometimes referred to as the "body sense".
The brain filters, organises and translates the messages from all the senses at any given moment in time. This massive amount of information helps us to focus on what is important while deciding what is unimportant. To behave appropriately and to react according to the demands in the environment, all sensory information sent to the brain needs to be processed and integrated effectively
Problems with sensory processing and integration create problems in behaviour and in the reaction to demands in the environment. A person can find it difficult to pay attention and to sit still, can be sensitive to textures, can be a picky eater, can enjoy movement excessively or can avoid specific movement.
Poor sensory processing affects many aspects of a person's functioning negatively. Usually it has an emotional component as well and a person might feel insecure, has a poor self image and has issues with socialising and sleeping.
A Sensory Integrative program will address all aspects of sensory processing and work to re-align the integration of the mass of sensory information that is pased to the brain.
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Our Occupational Therapy team run regular group sessions for different age groups.
Please enquire with reception as times for groups may change.
Please check with our reception team for the next scheduled group times.
Handwriting can be challenging for any child starting school. Our handwriting groups utilizes different sensory aids to achieve optimal results and encourage improved handwriting. It is designed by Occupational Therapists and will focus on:
Social Skills Group
Making friends and using language in a social setting can be difficult. Sessions focus on social cues, building lasting friendships and communication skills in both a play-based and structured setting.
The group runs for 6 child sessions.
Time: Mondays 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Fine Motor Group
Come and join the fun as we strengthen our fingers and hand muscles with enjoyable activities.
The objective of the group is to increase their finger and hand strength for mastering these activities with confidence.
The group runs for 8 sessions (1 parent session and 7 child sessions)
Time: Mondays 8:30am - 9.30am
Teaching Children To Know Their Engines
Children’s alert levels have a direct impact upon a child’s attention abilities and behaviour, the group helps a child to identify their engine levels and develop an understanding of which tools to use to master the right alertness level.
The objectives of the group:
Time: Thursdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Providing children with the essential skills they require to participate successfully within the classroom. Focus on pre-literacy skills, language concepts, listening skills, social-communication, fine motor skills.
These sessions operate 3 times a year in January, June and August. Please phone reception on 07 3249 5333 for more information.
Our Occupational Therapy Team run regular workshops for parents and teachers throughout the year.
Teachers can attend our regular workshops or contact us to arrange for workshops to be presented at your school.
Please call reception on (07) 3249 5333 for times and costs. Options are available for groups and for schools.
Tuesday 12.00 pm - 6.30 pm
Wednesday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Thursday 7.00 am - 4.30 pm
Please check with reception for the times that our Occupational Therapists are working, as hours may vary without notice.
Initial Assessments (2 Required) - (approx. 50 minutes) $185
Feedback Session - (approx. 50 minutes) $185
Therapy Sessions - (approx. 50 minutes) $150
Health Fund Rebates Applicable
ASD Group $300 for 6 weekly sessions (child and/or parent depending on topic of group)
Mums & Babes $260 for 6 weekly sessions (mother and baby between 6 and 30 months)
Please contact reception about dates and times.
An administration fee of $20 per consultation, $10 per group session will be charged to cover the additional administration requirements of Fahcsia funding.
Early intervention assistance funding
The early intervention funding under the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) and Better Start Initiative packages are aimed at providing increased access to early intervention for children aged zero to six with an ASD or Downs Syndrome, Fragile X, Cerebral Palsy and Hearing or Visual Impairments. The funding supports the delivery of multidisciplinary evidence based early intervention to facilitate improved cognitive, emotional and social development prior to a child starting school.
To be eligible for the early intervention funding package a child must have received a diagnosis, and have been seen by an Autism or Better Start Advisor and deemed eligible to access the program prior to their sixth birthday. The $12,000 in funding under the early intervention component can be used until the child's seventh birthday to a maximum of $6,000 per financial year.
Funding for these services is accessed via FaHCSIA.
Medicare rebates can be accessed by children under 15 years with the same medical conditions as above, as long they received a diagnosis prior to 13 years of age.
A referral under this plan can either be for assistance with the diagnosis process (up to 4 sessions), or for treatment after receiving diagnosis (up to 20 sessions). Note that these sessions cannot be renewed annually, and can be used for other allied health services as well as OT (with the total number of services not exceeding 4 and/or 20). The sessions are available for children with Autism or a Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD).
Medicare Autism Rebates
MBS Item No.
MBS Scheduled Fee
MBS Rebate (July 2012)
Occupational therapy service provided to assist the referring practitioner in the diagnosis of the child and/or in the development of the child's PDD plan. The child must be aged under 13 years, and the service must be at least 50 mins in duration. Total of 4 sessions per child.
Occupational therapy service provided to a child, aged under 15 years (and who was aged under 13 years at the time of receiving their PDD plan) for treatment of their particular condition. The service must be at least 50 mins in duration. Total of 20 sessions per child.
Who can refer
Either an eligible consultant paediatrician or psychiatrist.
Your therapist will report to your doctor after the initial consultation and at the end of each block of treatment.
On funding for children with autism:
On funding for children eligible under Better Start:
If you make an appointment for your child, we recommend 2 appointments of 50min each for assessments and then a feedback session where the outcome of the assessments is discussed with the parents (preferably without the child).
If you make an appointment for yourself as an adult, please also make 2 appointments for assessments. A therapy plan for future appointments will be discussed during this time.
If you are unsure about the way we can help you, you are welcome to make one appointment to discuss your specific needs.
We value your time and your appointment is important to us. As missed appointments may inconvenice other patients, a cancellation fee of a normal consultation for missed appointments and appointments cancelled within 24 hours notice will apply. Please contact us at your earliest opportunity to avoid unnecessary charges.
Contact our Reception team on (07) 3249 5333 for further information.