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Occupational Therapy

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Feel Better For Life

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What is it?

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.

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How does it work, to heal you?

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.

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Why are we different?

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.

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While you're with us, you'll enjoy:


  • Friendly, warm and helpful receptionists
  • Individualised holistic paediatric OT care
  • Fully equipped Sensory Integration children’s therapy gym
  • Complementary Tea and coffee
  • Private health funds
  • Private billing
  • Two comfortable children’s waiting areas
 
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Occupational therapy services available:


  • Assessments
  • Individual therapy
  • Joint therapy sessions (two allied health professionals)
  • Group therapy
  • Classroom and home observations
  • Therapeutic listening program
  • Cogmed program
  • Co-consulting with other health & allied health professionals

Our therapists are qualified to undertake and advise you on:

Our occupational therapists (OTs):

  • Work in a specifically designed space, with highly specialised sensory integration therapy equipment to optimise our treatment programs
  • Specialise in sensory integration therapy – working predominately with children who have learning or developmental setbacks, or are on the ASD spectrum
  • Work closely with other practitioners within our paediatric team, including Speech Therapists, Psychologists and Dietitians
  • Our head leader OT, Marga Grey, is a recognised author, children's program developer, and authority on sensory integration therapy and is highly respected for her extensive knowledge and experience. 
  • All OT’s share information, learn from each other and ensure that they exceed the target of 30 hours Professional Development per year.
 
 

Marga Grey

B. Occ.Ther., M.Sc.Occ.Ther., Qualified in Sensory Integration Therapy

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 Moir

B.Occ.Thy (Hons)

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 Slocombe

MOccThySt; BSc(Anatomy)

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.

 
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Sensory Integration


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’ or ‘body awareness’.

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 passed to the brain.

 
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Intervention


We access resources and interventions to ensure the best outcome for each child and family. We believe in:

  • early intervention;
  • a team approach;
  • accurate and intensive assessment;
  • parent/family involvement and support;
  • when needed, teacher/educator involvement and support;
  • therapy sessions to fit the demands of the family;
  • when needed, observations at home and/or school to provide effective strategies for home and/or classroom.

We provide services under:

  • Medicare
  • Mental Health Care Plan
  • FahCSIA
  • Helping children with Autism
  • NDIS when it will be rolled out in Brisbane in 2018.
 

Occupational Therapy in Schools


A school based group therapy program can be arranged with your child’s school where requested.  Group OT sessions are run on the school premises and fit within the school term, and within school hours. This model not only supports working parents who might find it difficult to secure time off to take their child to therapy sessions, but also greatly reduces the student's time out from the classroom and their learning.

Screening assessments are conducted for new referrals  where the student's needs are identified and suitability for group therapy is considered. Individual therapy sessions can also be arranged if this is deemed to be more suitable. The following groups are currently offered in our school therapy program: 

  • Fine motor skills
  • Foundational skills (sensory motor skills)
  • Handwriting
  • Self-regulation
 
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Groups


Our Occupational Therapy team run regular group sessions for different age groups.

  • Great for social skills and self-esteem building
  • Laying foundational skills or refining skills
  • Children realise that there are other children who have similar challenges to them
  • Cost effective therapy
  • Supportive and fun learning environment to grow and develop skills
  • The therapist will provide further recommendations if needed

All Groups

  • Meet once a week for 50 minutes
  • Have between 3 - 6 children per group
  • Run throughout the year at Tyack Health and can also be provided at schools
  • Private Health Fund can be used

Please enquire with reception as times for groups may change.

Please check with our reception team for the next scheduled group times.

Scribbles and Letters = Handwriting

Finger Gym

How Does Your Engine Run?

Superman Games

Prep Readiness

 

Scribbles and Letters = Handwriting


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:

  • Letter placement
  • Letter formations
  • Spacing
  • Pencil grasp

 

 

Finger Gym


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.

  • self-care (e.g. buttoning shirts, opening lunch boxes, using cutlery)
  • play (e.g. threading, painting, building)
  • school based activities (e.g. cutting, writing, drawing)

The group runs for 8 sessions (1 parent session and 7 child sessions)

 

How Does Your Engine Run?


Teaching Children Self-Regulation Strategies

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:

  • For children to identify their engine levels
  • To introduce children to various tools to change their engine levels
  • For children to develop an understanding of which tools they need to use to master the right alertness level for tasks (to learn, work and play)
  • The group runs for 8 sessions (6 child sessions & 2 parent sessions - 1 at the beginning and 1 at the end)

 

 

Superman Games


Balance, Balls & Core

Sessions focus on the development of movement sensations for improving body awareness, posture, muscle tone, motor planning and co-ordination.

The group runs for a total of 8 child sessions.

 

 

Super Start for School - Prep Readiness Groups


Ages 4-6

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.

 
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Events


Our Occupational Therapy Team run regular educational events for parents and teachers throughout the year.

Teachers and educators can attend our regular events or contact us to arrange for PD events to be presented at their schools or day care centres.

Please call reception on (07) 3249 5333 with information about your needs. One of the OTs will contact your to discuss the options that will fit your group.

 

Department Hours & Fees


Department Hours

Tuesday 12.00 pm - 6.30 pm
Wednesday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Thursday 8.30 am - 4.30 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 2.30 pm
Please check with reception for the times that our Occupational Therapists are working, as hours may vary without notice.

Consultation Fees

Initial Assessments (2 Required) - (approx. 50 minutes)  $185/session
Feedback Session - (approx. 50 minutes)  $185
Therapy Sessions - (approx. 50 minutes)  $150

Reports

Reports - $100
Progress Report - $50 to $100

Health Fund Rebates Applicable

FahCSIA Appointments

An administration fee of $10 per consultation will be added to our normal fees to cover the additional administrative requirements of FahCSIA funding.

Autism and Better Start Initiatives

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

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.

Key Features

MBS Scheduled Fee

MBS Rebate (July 2012)

82010

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.

$86.30

$73.40

82025

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.

$86.30

$73.40

Who can refer

Either an eligible consultant paediatrician or psychiatrist.

Reporting

Your therapist will report to you, your doctor, and other professionals and academic role players in your child's life. Written reports at additional cost of $100 after the initial assessment and written progress reports as necessary, at a cost of $50 - $100.

More Information

On funding for children with autism:
FaHCSIA website

On funding for children eligible under Better Start:
FaHCSIA website

Appointments

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 are unsure about the way we can help you, you are welcome to make one appointment to discuss your specific needs.

Cancellation Policy

We value your time and your appointment is important to us. As missed appointments may inconvenience 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.