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Occupational Therapy

When to seek help from an Occupational Therapist?

An Occupational Therapist can help you to build skills and confidence to take part in everyday activities. They can help develop independent living skills and participation in school. Montrose Occupational Therapists also help children and young people living with a disability to play and participate to their full potential and reach their goals. As well as pediatric Occupational Therapy, we can also work with adults.

Montrose Occupational Therapists work with children and young people living with neuromuscular disability, physical disability, developmental delay, Intellectual disability and ASD.

Speak to our Occupational Therapists for assistance with:

  • Improving fine motor skills including handwriting (legibility and speed), threading, and classroom adjustments
  • Personal care (washing, dressing and toileting)
  • Healthy sleep routines and positioning for sleep
  • Social skills and interactions
  • Developing skills in following a routine and coping with changes to routines
  • Understanding and managing emotions
  • Sensory regulation issues
  • Play development – imaginative play, playing skills (linked with fine motor skills)
  • Prescribing equipment  within home, e.g. Shower commode, hoist, pressure mattress, continence aids (nappies), ramps, activity chairs, wheelchair attachments (Mounting systems for Ipad and Eye Gaze), aids for dressing, aids for feeding
  • Prescribing equipment for vehicles, e.g. specialised car seats, Wheelchair accessible vehicles, ramps, hoist
  • Daily living task – catching bus, money management, self care, cooking, planning
  • Minor home modifications

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Our Occupational Therapists can assist you with:

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Daily Living

Developing or modifying daily living skills such as washing, dressing & toileting. This can include mealtime management and support.

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Equipment

Selection, assessment and prescription of Assistive Technology (equipment). For example: wheelchair assessments and prescriptions, eating aids, hoists, shower commodes, pressure mattresses.

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Modifications

Home, vehicle and environment modifications to help you live as independently as possible.

A Montrose therapist is helping a child sort items using a set of tongs.

Reaching Age-Appropriate Milestones for Children

Improving fine motor skills and strength to help with “small activities” i.e. buttons, writing, earrings. Support can be provided for handwriting goals, using scissors and playing with toys.

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Training Programs

We can provide education and training for parents, guardians, carers, support workers and educational staff. This may relate to a client’s specific needs or condition and can be provided in home, community and school settings.

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Getting the Sensory Regulation Right

Your senses include auditory (hearing), visual (sight), proprioception (touch) and vestibular (balance). A balanced  sensory diet aims to find the best balance between not enough and too much sensory stimulation. This balance is different for every individual and can be identified with the support of an Occupational Therapist.

Specific sensory experiences, that are tailored to your child, and properly balanced throughout the day can  help them feel calm, and alert more of the time.

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Transitions

Transitions to kindy or school for children with a disability can be made smoother with the help of an Occupational Therapist.

A young man is writing - a Montrose therapist is observing.

Assessments and Reports

Our team will assess you and provide you with comprehensive reports. These reports will help to demonstrate a clear course of action that will most benefit you when it comes to your occupational therapy.

Therapy Assistants

You may need additional, intensive support to achieve a specific goal.  At Montrose we can help you with this through our Therapy Assistant service.

Your Montrose therapy programs can be supported by a Therapy Assistant under the supervision of a Speech Pathologist, Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist.

Your Montrose therapist will design a program that targets specific goals to be delivered by your Therapy Assistant. This could involve intensive focus on an important goal, ongoing practice to achieve an outcome or resource development.

Therapy Assistant programs usually include 6-10 sessions and case notes will be completed following each session by the Therapy Assistant.

In some cases, programs can be developed for delivery by your own Disability Support Worker. This has the same benefits as delivery by a Montrose Therapy Assistant but can allow delivery at home or in the community, and as part of your existing support plan.

Find out more about Therapy Assistants here.

Availability

Children’s Occupational Therapists are available via TeleTherapy and at the following Montrose Centres.

You can also see clinic locations here. NDIS Occupational Therapy is available as well as privately funded and Chronic Disease Management Plans.

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Working in schools with Georgie

Montrose Occupational Therapist Georgie Hallinan often works individually with school students to complete observations, assessments and reports. She also regularly collaborates with school teachers to share her discipline specific knowledge. As part of her SDSS work, Georgie recently developed a sensory regulating activity to increase student participation and reduce disruptive classroom behaviours and meltdowns. The [...]

Winnie’s amazing journey

Like many little girls, three-year-old Winnie loves barbie dolls, going to kindy and playing with her sister, Eden (5). However, these are milestones her family didn’t expect her to reach after she was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1 at four-months-of-age. “When we first received the news, we were told Winnie’s life expectancy [...]

Supporting clients with a Chronic Disease Management Plan

A Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP) can allow you to access multidisciplinary, team-based care from both your General Practitioner (GP) and other health care providers, like Montrose. Therapy appointments funded under a CDMP are key to early intervention and can be a great option for you to commence working on short term goals or for [...]