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Total Rehab Solutions offers paediatric occupational therapy, supporting children and adolescents with a range of physical and neurodevelopmental conditions.

Total Rehab Solutions offers paediatric occupational therapy in a fun and child-centred environment. Paediatric occupational therapists support your child and adolescents to participate in the ‘occupations of childhood’ and encourage independence on their journey to adulthood. In-home, in-clinic, and community-based sessions are all available depending on you and your child’s goals and preferences. Our highly skilled occupational therapists collaborate with your child and the family to ensure a goal-directed, holistic approach that identifies their individual needs and promotes age-appropriate participation and function in daily life.

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Occupational Therapy Paediatric promotes skill development in a range of areas, including:

  • Fine Motor Skills – including school-based skills (handwriting, typing, scissor skills), grasping smalls objects, fastening clothing.
  • Play Skills – including hand use during play, initiating play, creativity, and social aspects of play.
  • Upper Limb Function – including management of muscle tone (hypertonia/hypotonia/dystonia), strength, range of movement, coordination, bimanual hand use, supporting functional hand posture.
  • Daily Living & Self-Care Skills – including mealtimes, dressing, bathing, toileting.
  • Visual Perception – understanding visual information and concepts (shapes/ colours/ patterns/ size/ numbers/ letters), required for puzzles, drawing, handwriting, reading, and maths.
  • Cognitive Skills – including problem-solving, attention, memory, flexible thinking, understanding and following directions.
  • Sensory Processing – accurate registration, interpretation and behavioural response to sensory stimulation in the environment and the child’s own body.
  • Self-Regulation – ability to adjust and control behavioural, emotional, focus, and energy levels appropriately for a particular situation/environment.
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Common Questions About Paediatric Occupational Therapy

TRS OTs use a range of methods to support children to achieve their goals and increase their participation in daily life:

  • Comprehensive assessment to identify areas of need and barriers to participation
  • Blocks of goal-focused therapy (clinic, home, or community-based) targeting identified areas/participation barriers
  • Information gathering and collaborating with other significant people in the child’s life (e.g. other health professionals, school, daycare, kindy)
  • Home programs
  • Assistive Technology (AT) trial, prescription, and training:
    • Personal care (shower chairs, toilet commodes)
    • Community access (wheelchairs, beach wheelchairs, all-terrain strollers)
    • Transfer aids (hoists – floor/ceiling, transfer platforms)
    • Daily living aids (adapted cutlery, functional grasp supports)
    • Alternative access (speciality switches, eye-gaze) to technology (e.g. computers, tablets, environmental control, AAC devices, power mobility)
    • Pressure care management (mattresses, cushions, positioning aids)
    • Sleeping (beds, sleep positioning systems)
    • Splinting for hand function / postural management
    • Vehicle modifications (passenger e.g wheelchair access)
    • Home modifications (entrance, ramps, rails, accessible bathroom)

The paediatric therapy team specialise in supporting children who experience developmental and functional impacts due to a range of conditions including (but not limited to):

  • Neurological disability (cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, Rett syndrome)
  • Metabolic conditions (Mitochondrial disorders)
  • Genetic conditions (Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome)
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Other physical and neurodevelopmental conditions

No, just contact our friendly admin team and book in an appointment. If further medical review is needed, your therapist will guide you through the process.

Your first session with the TRS OT will be an opportunity to get to know you and your child and understand goals, interests, and current level of participation.  A semi-structured interview and outcome measure is used to assist this process and to ensure you and your child are actively involved in goal setting and prioritising areas to be focusing on in future sessions.

During subsequent sessions, other assessments including standardised tests or questionaries may be used to further support the development of an appropriate evidence-based therapy plan.