What is OT?

Occupational Therapists are health professionals helping people of all ages to better perform the everyday activities (or occupations) that they need to, want to, or are expected to perform.

For children this means playing, learning, and being part of a family and friendships.

How can Occupational Therapy help my child?

Occupational Therapy can assist your child to develop or strengthen the skills that support learning, playing and relationships at school and at home.

Our experienced therapists are specially trained to work with children with additional needs including children with a diagnosis of Learning Difficulties, ADD/ADHD, Aspergers Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Chromosomal Disorders, Dyspraxia or Sensory Processing Disorders.

Your child would benefit for

  • Handwriting

    The amount of class time spent mastering the complex skill of handwriting has decreased whilst the demands of writing have increased. We use FUN, effective ways to teach handwriting using all of the body’s senses.

  • Prewriting and school readiness

    Give your child the best possible start to their schooling. Develop underlying skills to handwriting including drawing, tracing and copying lines as well as using a mature and functional pencil grip.

  • Fine and gross motor skills

    Fine motor skills make up 40-60% of the primary school student’s day. Scissors, pencil activities, shoelaces, counters…the list goes on. Supporting fine motor skills and enabling mastery of balls, playground equipment, correct sitting posture are the gross motor muscles. We help children develop the body awareness, strength, coordination and physical endurance they need throughout the day.

  • Social, Play and emotional skills

    to be able to confidently approach other children and adults, establish friendships with others, sharing, taking turns, listens to instructions and able to separate from parents.

  • Self-care skills

    removing and putting on jumpers, doing up zips and buttons, able to look after belongings, open lunchboxes, drink bottle and sandwiches as well as toileting.

  • Confidence and motivation for learning

    One of the first outcomes of our therapy is an increase in confidence and motivation to “have a go” at activities which were previously “too hard”.

  • Visual-spatial learning skills

    Being able to use a variety of learning styles helps us to learn easily. Visual-spatial learning is an essential aspect of literacy and numeracy skills. We can help children to process visual information more effectively.

  • Being organised

    “What do I need to do? How am I going to do it? How much time do I have?” We help children to develop the thinking processes and supports they need to enable more independent working.

  • Sensory processing

    Learning requires the meaningful interpretation of information from the environment (vision, hearing, touch, smell and taste) as well as from within the body (movement and internal body awareness). Most of us take this for granted. Sensory processing difficulties can hamper social and academic performance and cause emotional stress. OT’s can help children feel comfortable “in their skin”.

  • Technology to assist learning

    Low-tech devices (pencil grips and angled-writing boards) and high-tech equipment (adapted computers) are increasingly used in schools. OT’s can help you find the right tool for your child, teach them how to use it and help make it work in class.

  • Attention and concentration

    If a child is easily distracted, fidgety they cannot learn effectively. We guide children to discover their “body engine”, helping them to be calm and alert so they can be focused.

  • Self Regulation

    We explore activities with your child to develop strategies so they can begin to self regulate themselves and their own behaviour. Practical home and classroom strategies can also be explored with parents and teachers.

Client Reviews

We have just completed our last session… I would just like to let you know how impressed I was with Hopalong. I chose this centre as it was promoted as a fun experience for the children. That exceeded my expectations. [My child] loved every moment he spent with his therapist and planned ahead the activities he would choose. My greatest fear would be it would be seen as hard work for him. Instead he looked forward to going and the activities were fantastic… Thank you for the program you provide. I will definately recommend the program to others.

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- Jodie, Mother of a 6 year old boy

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