What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy helps children to celebrate their strengths while overcoming any challenges they experience with play, learning, attention and behaviour. As occupational therapists, we identify the underlying factors contributing to the challenges children are experiencing and enhance the child’s brain, body and skill development to set the foundations for success.
How do I know if my child needs Occupational Therapy?
It is normal as a parent to be unsure or to question if your child’s skills are age appropriate. We are here to answer any questions you have and provide guidance on if an occupational therapy session could be beneficial. Below is a simple checklist that will help you identify if your child may benefit from occupational therapy
If you are still unsure call us for a free 15 minute consultation or complete an online enquiry form.
What do Occupational Therapists do?
Paediatric Occupational Therapists undertake a minimum of four years of university training to develop specialised skills in assessing children and identifying the underlying areas that may be impacting their development, behaviour and learning. Using play-based activities and a variety of engagement techniques, we are masters at breaking skills into simple steps and supporting children to reach their goals and achieve a sense of success.
Does my child need a referral?
You don’t need a referral to access Occupational Therapy services.
What happens next?
If you would like to take the next step in supporting your child with occupational therapy, here’s where to next…
Contact us either by phone or online and one of our friendly team will send you our detailed parent questionnaire form where we get to know a little more about your child and concerns. You don’t need a referral to see an Occupational Therapist.
When a spot becomes available, we will contact you to book an initial consultation with a therapist who has the skills to support your child. It’s also a time to connect and for us to answer any questions you have.
After the initial assessment, if intervention is recommended, our experienced Occupational Therapist will develop a personal plan for your child to achieve their goals. Feedback on your child’s progress, strategies and recommendations for home and/or school are also provided at the end of each session. Each session is 45 minutes.
What rebates and funding options are available?
There are a variety of funding options and Medicare rebates available for eligible families.
Families can potentially access Medicare rebates for occupational therapy, however these plans are determined by your doctor. For more information visit The Department of Health.
Whether your child’s sessions with us are covered by private health insurance will depend on your provider and your level of cover. We recommend you check with your private health fund about what you’re entitled to.
Empowered Kids supports children and families under the NDIS and works closely with Support Coordinators, Plan Managers and other service providers to achieve the child’s goals.”. For more information on rebates visit the NDIS website.