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28 Dec 2021

Supporting Logan kids with disability through Occupational Therapy

Our team of experienced Occupational Therapists support children with complex disability in the Logan area to improve the skills needed for everyday activities.

 

At Xavier, our Occupational Therapists take a multi-disciplinary approach to support your child to meet their therapy goals. To do this, we work closely with our Speech Pathologists, Physiotherapists, families and other health professionals where appropriate.

 

In this short article, we take a look at some of the strategies used in occupational therapy, that can support children with complex disability to improve their quality of life.

 

Step-by-step

Breaking down everyday tasks into steps, helps your child or young person to complete a task. By taking tasks one step at a time, before they know it, they have completed the task, either independently (over time) or with the support that they need.

 

Play time

There’s a big role for fun and play in occupational therapy for children with complex disability. Supporting your child through play gives them the opportunity to just be a kid and have some fun while supporting them to meet their therapy goals.

 

Fine motor skills

Fine motor skills involve the small muscles in your child’s hands, wrists, fingers, feet and toes. In occupational therapy, we incorporate activities that require your child to grasp, hold, press and grip which builds up their tiny muscles.

 

Increasing independence and confidence

By supporting your child to improve their ability in day-to-day tasks, their confidence and independence can increase over time and help them to meet other goals. Celebrating all of the “wins” helps children to recognise how well they have done and encourages them to keep up the great work.

 

Find out more

Get further information on Xavier occupational therapy by visiting our occupational therapy page, email intake@xavier.org.au or call us on 1800 XAVIER to chat about your child’s needs and the availability of our therapy team in the Logan area.