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16 May 2022

Occupational Therapy Support for Brisbane Children with Disability

Xavier has been supporting children living with disability in Brisbane for over 70 years. We take a multidisciplinary approach to therapy. One of our therapy support services is Occupational Therapy.

Many think of Occupational Therapy (OT) as related to adults in the workplace but there is so much more to OT. At Xavier, Occupational Therapy refers to therapy support to help children living with disability improve their ability to complete everyday tasks. This might include getting dressed or other self-care activities like brushing their teeth or getting dressed, or using modern technologies and tools.

How can Occupational Therapy Help Support Your Child?

Xavier’s team of Occupational Therapists are all university qualified and dedicated to helping children who live with disabilities find greater levels of self-sufficiency and independence. Occupational Therapy helps children with disability develop the skills needed to complete everyday tasks either supported, independently or working towards independently. Xavier’s Occupational Therapists can help your child in the following ways:

  • Refining fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination
  • Doing things like dressing themselves, washing themselves, or going to the bathroom
  • Improving ability to use simple tools or modern technologies
  • Boosting confidence to help your child make new friends and improve their existing relationships
  • Advising on home and vehicle are equipped with modifications to support your child
  • Reducing your child’s independence and confidence
  • Supporting your child to learn how to regulate their senses
  • Providing you and other carers with manual handling advice and training
  • Creating a happier life for your child and your entire family

Occupational Therapy and the NDIS

Funding for OT can be requested through the NDIS. The NDIA, providers of the NDIS, must consider Occupational Therapy to be either reasonable or necessary for supporting your child. Reasonable supports are those which all people should have fair access to, and necessary supports are those which your child needs to manage their disability.

Where can I find Xavier?

All Xavier’s services, including Occupational Therapy, are available to families from all over Brisbane. Our therapy clinics provide a relaxed environment for children to receive therapy support including OT.  You can find our clinics in any the following suburbs:

  • Springfield Lakes
  • Scarborough
  • Wooloowin
  • North Lakes

Our support is not limited to these locations. If you’d prefer, our therapy team also offers home visits where we can support your child in an environment where they feel most comfortable.

Contact Xavier Today

For more information on Occupational Therapy or any of the other services we provide, give us a call today on 1800 XAVIER or email us at intake@xavier.org.au.