What is an Occupational Therapist?
Occupational Therapists work with people that have difficulty doing the activities that they need to, want to do or are expected to do on a daily basis. Our Occupational Therapy team work with people of all ages and stages to improve their functional skills.
At Talkativity we use a family centered approach to consider your child’s strengths and interests to create fun, skill-based sessions that are tailored to the goals set by the family. We use a play-based approach to therapy as play is the main occupation of childhood.
For adults, our focus remains on supporting the client and their family. Much like with our kids we focus on your strengths and interests to make sure we tailor your goals to what you need.
We support participation in meaningful activities by:
- Helping the people to maintain, improve or develop new skills
- Changing the environment
- and/or changing the task requirements
Our Occupational Therapists work in a variety of ways to best suit the needs of their clients. This may be regular visits in a clinic or community setting, or a consultative role. Community settings may include a client’s home, childcare, school or residential care home. Occupational Therapists may work directly with the client (teaching new skills and strategies) to support their goals, or with their carers to achieve the same goals by implementing strategies and systems to better support the individual's needs.
Occupational therapy can provide assessment and intervention to assist with
Self-Care Activities - Such as showering, dressing, grooming and eating.
Independence in the Community - Such as travel training, confidence and safety accessing community spaces
Learning - Including pre-writing development, handwriting, attention to task, classroom strategies, visual processing and cognitive strategies
Leisure and Play - Exploring and expanding play ideas, imaginative play adapting environments/ tasks to be successful in leisure activities.
Social Participation - Making and keeping friends, being part of club or group, self-advocacy skills.
Sensory Processing - The ability to perceive and process
Emotional Regulation - Being able to identify and respond to emotions and situations, develop a toolbox of strategies to assist in being at the right energy level for a task.
Fine Motor - Including functional grip development, scissor skills and impact on self-care skills such as zipper, buttons, feeding and play with peers.
Gross Motor - Including balance, coordination, endurance, posture, climbing, jumping, skipping, catching and being aware of where their body is in space.
Equipment Prescription - We are able to prescribe adaptive equipment that enables participation such as wheelchairs, supportive seating, hi low beds, pressure care, bath aids, toileting aids and hoists.
Do I need a referral to see an Occupational Therapist?
No, you do not need a referral to see an Occupational Therapist at Talkativity. Some clients may be eligible for Medicare rebated services. To determine your eligibility for Medicare rebates, make an appointment with your GP to discuss this. For clients funding services privately, through an alternate funding source, or through private health, no referral is required.
Is Occupational Therapy an Evidence Based Profession?
Yes, Occupational Therapy is firmly grounded in evidence-based practice. All OT’s at Talkativity are AHPRA registered health professionals.
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