Occupational Therapy (OT) is a holistic approach to supporting clients to participate in all aspects of their lives.
Online occupational therapy can be effective and supportive for children and families who are unable to attend face-to-face sessions in the clinic, who may live a long distance away from nearby therapy services, or for families who require after-hours appointments after the school/work day.
Telehealth OT appointments are provided via:
• Online video call with child + parent(s) present for the session
• Parent video consultation call
• Parent consultation phone call
• Email consultation
• Individualised home program for your child
• Combination of the above, depending on what best suits your child and family
Our appointments will take place by video, typically, unless otherwise arranged for email, phone call or parent consultation video calls.
Recommended equipment, technology and access:
• A laptop/computer with webcam capability and microphone capability (for the video/sound)
• Access to a tablet if a laptop/computer is not accessible (mobile phones can work, although the screen is typically too small to see enough detail for video demonstrations by the therapist
• A fairly open space at home with floor space to place a yoga mat/soft blanket down for movement exercises
• Access to email to receive follow up correspondence
Reflex integration exercises support the neural networks of the brain and central nervous system to support the integration of primitive reflexes, control of posture, and processing our senses effectively.
Reflex integration exercises support the brain and nervous system from a bottom-up approach, to support the foundation of sensory processing skills, postural skills and to support self-regulation skills.
Reflexes develop in the first few weeks of life, while a child develops in-utero, in the womb.
As we grow and develop, several reflexes will emerge and integrate while we are still in the womb and before we are born. These reflex patterns create automatic movements (e.g baby kicking, moving around), so that when we are born, we already know how to start moving our body.
The central nervous system (CNS) controls our movement, thoughts/cognition, communication, social connections, processing our senses and connections between the brain and body.
Primitive reflexes are the blueprints for the development of our movement as an infant and a baby. These reflex patterns ‘disappear’ after around 2 years of age (although this is largely individual).
When primitive reflexes remain, children and adults might have difficulty with a range of skills related to reading, writing, movement, sensory processing, emotional wellbeing, cognition, self-care and learning.
These questions can guide exploration of retained primitive reflexes for you or your child. This is not an assessment. This questionnaire can be used to decide whether you would like further support for you or your child with integrating primitive reflexes.
Whenever considering therapy sessions with a health practitioner/therapist for yourself or your child, it can be useful to chat with them prior to booking. This allows you to interview the therapist and enquire about the type of support you are looking for, so you have a clear understanding of how they can assist you.
> Make a list of the areas you would like support for your child/family (which could also be the goals you hope to achieve during therapy)
> Decide the qualities you want in the therapist & their service
> Ask friends for recommendations and search online using a search database such as Occupational Therapy Australia to gather a list of the therapists you want to contact. You can also find health professionals on the NDIS service provider register.
It is imperative that your child, yourself, your family and the therapist, establish and share a connection where a safe container can be held for your experiences to enable you to gain the most from your sessions.
I believe that every individual will find their preferred therapist, and sometimes this can be a process to find the person who best matches you & your family.
Occupational Therapy sessions are provided in-clinic and online to support parents to be present during the appointment. Our philosophy is that by supporting parents to be active in the therapy process, they can learn the tools to support their child in everyday life, reducing the need for long-term therapy sessions, for some individuals.
It is true that children spend most of their time in their home and school environments, and some Occupational Therapist’s solely work in the home/school setting.
However, in the clinic, there are several ways I support you to take the information you’re learning home with you. I provide home-based programs and activities to continue with in between sessions at the clinic.
Realistically, 45 minutes is a very tiny window in your child’s whole week/fortnight.
It’s strongly encouraged that families practice the prescribed home activities and exercises consistently, as the majority of therapy takes place in between our sessions, in everyday life. Giving you and your child the tools to help them achieve their goals and to best support your whole family.
Yes! We offer online sessions and provide Telehealth-based appointments for families via an online video platform. Both Occupational Therapy sessions and Movement-based home program sessions are available for online sessions.