Comprehensive Initial Assessments
Following referral an appointment will be made for an assessment. An assessment takes about 1 hour and a series of specifically chosen standardised and non-standardised tests are carried out on your child. In discussion with you, your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and how occupational therapy may help your child will be outlined.
Following the assessment a comprehensive report will be written, outlining the goals for your child and guidelines for their therapy interventions.
Individual therapy
Following an assessment, individual therapy sessions may be recommended for your child (45 minute sessions). Individual therapy involves working directly with the child on activities that promote their skill level, build their confidence and are fun. During this block of treatment, home activity suggestions will be provided for you to incorporate into your daily routine. Liaison with your child’s teacher and/or other health professionals may occur at this point to ensure all parties involved are working towards a common goal.
Screenings (preschool & school aged)
Screenings can be conducted at various schools and preschools upon request. An Occupational Therapist will come to you on site, and screen each child across a range of developmental areas (Sensory, Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Visual Perceptual skills, etc). A report is then written which is sent to the parents with recommendations & suggestions. Post-screening offers include group therapy, resource recommendations, parent education & teacher professional developmental workshops.
Group therapy
We run our popular group programs every school holidays and during the school term. These include school readiness programs, music and movement groups, Motor Skills groups, fussy eating groups and social skills groups.

Fussy Dots (Picky Eating)

  • Exposure to different tastes and textures
  • Oral motor exercises to desensitize the mouth
  • Engage in social conversation whilst preparing/consuming food
  • Expand existing diet
  • Recognise that trying a new food is ok
  • Develop finger and hand awareness
  • Follow adult directed instructions in a group setting

Music and Movement

  • Social Interaction
  • Body Awareness
  • Fine and Gross Motor
    • Motor Planning
    • Precision
    • Hand eye coordination
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Attention and Concentration

School Readiness

  • Turn taking and waiting
  • Following adult directed instructions
  • Fine motor skills (writing, scissor skills, drawing skills)
  • Attention and Concentration
  • Team activities—working together
  • Transitioning—floor to desk, break to working and between activities
  • Recognising and expressing feelings and needs
  • Introducing “school skills” including raising your hand, lining up, eating with others at specified times and using the toilet independently.

Active Dots- All New Active Boys Group!

  • Boys outdoor movement group
  • Self Confidence & Self esteem
  • Physical fitness
  • Social Skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Following Instructions
  • Attention & concentration

Handwriting without Tears

  • Correct pencil grip
  • Correct formation of all letters
  • Write on lines neatly
  • Consistent letter sizing
  • Correct writing and use of punctuation marks
  • Sentence structure
  • Spacing between words
  • Body Awareness (drawing a person)
  • Writing first and last name
  • Colouring in the lines
  • Attention and Concentration
  • Enjoyment of fine motor activities

Social Detectives (Junior & Senior)

  • Interaction with other children
  • Following instructions
  • Learn social rules & expectations
  • Help children relate to others
  • Social, emotional & problem solving skills
  • Attention & concentration
  • Promote skills for school adjustment
School visits
School therapy is beneficial for the child as it allows for a direct relationship between the therapist and the teacher. It also allows the therapist to see whether what the child is learning during his therapy sessions is carrying over to the classroom. Our Occupational Therapists love working in schools that promote the team approach towards a child’s learning and value the contribution made by all those involved with the child.
Parent / Teacher education & workshops
Formal and information education workshops can be tailored to meet your needs and can be held on site or at the Happy Dots clinic. Topics may include Classroom strategies, Fussy Eaters, or general education on how Occupational Therapy may benefit children. Enquire for more information.
Occupational Therapy Resources / Products
Happy Dots currently stocks a wide variety of Occupational Therapy based resources & products that we feel your child would benefit from a result of attending our therapy sessions. Examples of products include chewy tubes, body socks, pencil grips, move & sit cushions, visual timers, wide range of books & more! Resources are available from our clinic directly.
Home Visits
At Happy Dots, we understand that getting to a clinic setting for therapy may not be the best option. Therefore, we are happy to come to you! We are able to offer home visits on a regular basis, or as a one off consultancy based visit to help set up strategies for your home environment.

Funding Options

FaHCSIA Funding

Happy Dots is a member of the Early Intervention Service Provider Panel and provides FaHCSIA funded services to eligible children. Up to $12, 000 is available for children 0-7yrs with a diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorders. Happy Dots is a provider of the Fahcsia funding!

Helping Children with Autism Initiative (children aged 7-15yrs old).

For Children who have a diagnosis of Autism or other Pervasive Developmental Disorder (including Asperger’s.) Medicare provides rebates of $70.65 for up to 20 Occupational Therapy sessions. You will need to contact your Paediatrician or Psychiatrist before your Occupational Therapy Assessment to access this funding.

Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM)

This Medicare scheme allows up to 5 subsidised sessions for allied health professionals, such as Occupational Therapy, within each calendar year. The child must initially be referred from a GP or Paediatrician in order to utilise the Medicare rebate of $50.95 per session.

Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative

This plan is set up by a Paediatrician or Psychiatrist for children with autism or any other pervasive developmental disorder. The plan consists of up to 10 Individual therapy sessions & 10 group therapy sessions. Children between the ages of 6 years to 15 years are eligible for this benefit.

Private Health Funds

Our clinicians are authorised providers for most private health funds. In order to find out whether rebates are available the family must first contact their private health fund to confirm that your plan covers Occupational Therapy services.

Services for People of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Descent

People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander decent can access Medicare rebates of $50.95 for 5 Occupational Therapy sessions per calendar year in addition to the Medicare Chronic Disease Management plan.

Better Start Initiative for Children with a Disability

Under the Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) initiative – Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome and vision or hearing impairments, including deaf blindness will be considered for eligibility. This funding includes up to $12,000 in funding for early intervention services and treatments for eligible children. Happy Dots is also a provider of Better Start funding!

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

NDIA is the National Disability Insurance Agency – a new way of providing community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. Funding varies according to individual circumstances so please call 1800 800 110 for more information on how this funding would apply to you.

Australian Defence Force (ADF) Family Health Program

A government initiative for dependents of the Australian Defence Force that provides $400 per family member per year to be used on allied health services such as Occupational Therapy. This allowance can be used in addition to your usual private health allowance. To register for the Program the ADF member must complete Web Form AD858-1 ADF Family Health, which can be found here.

Give us a call to discuss the funding options that would best suit your current needs!

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