You may phone or email us directly, or ask your child’s Paediatrician, GP or other allied health professional to make a referral.
The Clinical Director will then make phone contact with you, to discuss if an Occupational Therapist is the most appropriate professional to investigate your child’s difficulty.
If we both agree to move forward with the referral, you’ll be emailed some background information forms to fill in.
This may include a checklist for your child’s teacher – we want to be sure that we are thorough and collaborative during the entire process. You can return the forms via post or email. We also ask that you provide any other reports and diagnostic letters you may have.
An appointment is made to complete the initial assessment. This is usually completed in our rooms, over approximately 90 minutes. Sometimes the assessment requires two visits – this depends on your child’s age and abilities. We have a range of assessments available.
Following the assessment we’ll provide you with a comprehensive written report. (Within 2 – 3 weeks.) The assessing therapist will then discuss the results with you, highlighting your child’s strengths and any areas of concern. We’ll outline if and how Occupational Therapy could help, and a recommended plan.
If we agree that Occupational Therapy intervention is indicated we’ll meet to develop goals for treatment, a plan of how often your child will attend, (usually weekly or fortnightly) for how many sessions, and when we agree to review progress.
We’ll work directly with your child on specific tasks to promote their skills, relevant to the goals we’ve set. Parents (and teachers where appropriate) will be provided with strategies and/or equipment to try as part of the intervention.
At the agreed review date, we’ll have a look at how your child has progressed. We may then agree to stop and discharge your child from the service, place them on a review / call back in 6 or 12 months, or commence another block of therapy.
A Group program may be offered as a follow up following individual sessions, or for children with more general or subtle issues.
For the child, Occupational Therapy is a fun and light hearted experience which builds skills and self-confidence. For parents and teachers, it’s an opportunity to share and gain knowledge about the child's abilities and challenges, and collaborate to develop strategies to promote their development.
School Based Services:
North Coast Therapy currently provides intervention in a number of independent and state primary schools on the Sunshine Coast. Referrals are made by parents, or classroom / learning support teachers. School based therapy is beneficial for the student as it allows for a direct relationship between the therapist and the teacher, and ensures that what the child is learning during therapy sessions is carrying over to the classroom. Even if your child visits the clinic for their regular therapy sessions, a school visit may also be worth considering.
We can individually tailor workshops to meet your specific need, and offer a wide range of topics such as the early identification of children at risk of learning challenges, school readiness, posture and attention in the classroom and sensory processing. Contact us to discuss your preferences.