As parents, we want to make sure that our children get the best. That does not exclude services like occupational therapy.
We have compiled 6 signs to know that you have a great OT.
1. Paediatric OT lays the groundwork from the beginning.
At the screening or first visit, expect more questions than answers. Your child will then undergo a session where he or she may be observed while cutting, grasping or playing at a table. Your child will be assessed for a range of different skills such as fine motor skills, gross motor skills, visual perceptual skills, and sensory processing abilities. Gross Motor skills may be assessed in a therapeutic gym using swings, therapy balls, and other equipment.
2. Paediatric OTs make visits/sessions consistent and address expectations.
The number and length of therapy sessions per week vary, depending on the development of each child. But a great OT makes every session worthy and consistent and will give you clear expectations on what you should expect.
3. A great Paediatric OT has a sharp eye for improvement.
Occupational therapists hone in on even the slightest signs of improvement and advance activities appropriately, teaching parents what to look for and how do the same at home.
4. A Paediatric OT should minimise frustration.
Frustration is a very important thing to keep under control; if a child gets frustrated during therapy — which is inevitable — he will begin to avoid activities. The OT should always be watching for signs of frustration and jump in to provide suggestions before the child has a chance to throw in the towel.
5. An awesome Paediatric OT makes work feel like play.
Paediatric OTs are creative and resourceful. Adding one extra challenge to an activity is the fundamental idea behind keeping kids motivated. Our sensory gyms are well equipped to ensure each session and full of fun.
6. And lastly, a great Paediatric OT gets parents involved without overwhelming them.
Parents should be kept in the loop and be provided with activities to do at home. OTs should encourage parents to participate and should be kept well informed of their child’s situation and progress.
We hope you enjoyed reading this article. Feel free to get in touch with us on (02) 4959 8920 should you have any questions regarding how an OT might be able to help your child.