Stepping Stones provides Paediatric Occupational Therapy to help support our clients to achieve their developmental milestones and to facilitate typical development and learning.

Occupational Therapy (OT) helps people to achieve what they want to do, need to do and have to do in a meaningful way. When working with children, OT looks at a child’s main roles: that is, being a family member, friend, playing, self-care and sleeping. If there is any level of concern or dysfunction in any of those areas, OT can help.

Your Occupational Therapist will work with you and your child to achieve success through meaningful activity. During your individual OT sessions, your Occupational Therapist will provide you and your child with a range of activities and therapy interventions to assist in skill development.

OT aims to improve function in a child’s life by working with the family, teachers and any other primary stakeholders to improve quality of life.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of what OT can assist with. Your OT can Assess, Understand, and provide Therapeutic Intervention in all of the following areas:

  • Behaviour, Attention and Concentration: concentrating at school, following directions, behaviour in class, understanding multi-step instructions
  • Cognitive Skills: school-based knowledge (recognising shapes, numbers, letters), problem solving, brainstorming, reading and writing skills, letter formation
  • Emotional Regulation: being able to calm down, understanding when it’s appropriate to be angry/happy/sad/excited
  • Fine Motor Skills: handwriting, hand-eye coordination, doing shoelaces, threading beads, drawing, using scissors, colouring in, pencil grip
  • Gross Motor Skills: riding a bike, jumping, catching a ball, balancing, using playground equipment
  • Play: age-appropriate play skills, imagination and creativity, social development with play (playing with others)
  • Self-Care: dressing, feeding, toileting, sleep routine
  • Sensory Processing: sensory defensiveness, hyper-sensitivity to different senses, seeking out certain sensations, inability to regulate sensory input
  • Social: making and sustaining friendships, how to deal with bullying and conflict, improving confidence, turn taking, sharing
  • Vision: visual-motor integration (how well your eyes work with your brain and hands), reading off a white-board

The following assessments can be provided:

  • The Beery Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual Motor Integration (Beery-VMI): the Beery-VMI assesses the extent to which your child can integrate their visual and motor abilities. For example, this may help identify why a child may find it difficult to look at writing on a white board and copy it into their book.
  • The McMaster Handwriting Assessment Protocol: assesses handwriting and provides specific feedback of the ‘problem areas’ associated with handwriting difficulties. This assessments looks at ways to improve pencil grasp, neatness of writing, writing speed, accuracy, spacing between words and letters, pressure of pencil, and language dictation and composition.
  • The Sensory Profile (Winnie Dunn): the Sensory Profile is an in-depth questionnaire that looks at all of your child’s senses. It will allow both you and your OT to gain a deeper understanding of what sensations your child likes or dislikes, and what sensations over- or under-stimulate them. From here, your OT will work with you and your child to develop a ‘sensory diet’ or a ‘toolbox’ of tools to help your child self-regulate their senses and emotions.
  • The Symbolic and Imaginative Play Developmental Checklist (SIPDC): the SIPDC assesses developmentally appropriate play/social skills and provides parent-friendly activity suggestions to help you and your child develop age-appropriate play skills. The SIPDC helps with imaginative play, and will provide information on how to improve creativity and socialisation.
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