10 ways Occupational Therapy can support your child’s learning and development

Have you thought your child may benefit from occupational therapy, however you’re not sure whether this is for you? We hear this frequently in our day to day with parents, and it’s often a case of “you don’t know what you don’t know”, until you have that ahhh-haaa! moment. And this is absolutely okay. As parents we experience so many firsts with our children that we may not realise the smallest change to their weekly routine may benefit their learning experience exponentially.

There are, however, a large variety of ways that occupational therapy can benefit your child in many aspects of their development and navigating day-to-day life.

Adelaide Paediatrics provides a wide range of activities across the scope of occupational therapy, tailored to each child’s specific goals and needs.

Various movement activities can support and assist your child’s learning

Your child’s independence

Occupational therapy works to help children become more independent and ultimately self-sufficient. Occupational therapy offers great benefits for children who might be struggling with everyday fine and gross motor tasks like using a toothbrush, holding a pencil, catching a ball, organising a backpack.

It can also help children who struggle with self-regulation and sensory processing issues.

We use a holistic approach to work together with your children and your family

10 ways to support your child’s learning

  1. Handwriting
    • Difficulty with forming letters and numbers, and copying them
    • Grasping a pencil and putting it to paper.

  2. Sensory Integration
    • How your child processes, interprets and responds to what they hear, see, smell, taste, and touch.

  3. Fine Motor Skills
    • Writing
    • Holding small objects
    • Buttoning clothes.

  4. Gross Motor Skills
    • Running
    • Crawling
    • Swimming.

  5. Self Help Skills
    • Getting dressed
    • Combing hair
    • Going to the bathroom.

  6. Feeding mealtime management
    • Picky eaters
    • Limited diet
    • Texture aversions.

  7. Disability conditions, including:
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Down Syndrome.

  8. Behavioural issues and positive behaviour support
    • Emotional regulation
    • Persistence
    • Concentration
    • Consistency.

  9. Social Skills
    • Interacting with peers
    • Sharing
    • Taking turns.

  10. Self-regulation
    • Form and function
    • Emotional regulation
    • Productivity.

It’s important to us here at Adelaide Paediatrics to use a holistic approach when it comes to your child’s occupational therapy. We know that every child is different and has a unique set of needs. Taking into account their physical, emotional, sensory, social and cognitive abilities is important when assessing how we work together.

We love to see your child grow and develop which ultimately helps them at school, at home and everywhere in between.

For a little more information or help with your child’s learning and development, we’d love you to reach out to us here at Adelaide Paediatrics.

We’re based across 9 locations throughout South Australia:

  • Mile End: 08 7123 6147
  • Kensington Park: 08 7123 6176
  • Wayville: 08 7123 6177
  • Mount Barker: 08 7123 6175
  • Ashford: 08 7123 6171
  • North Adelaide: 08 7123 6173
  • Bedford Park: 08 7123 6149
  • Elizabeth Vale: 08 7123 6148
  • Morphett Vale: 08 7123 6163

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