Occupational Therapy is a holistic therapy that focuses on promoting health and well being for your child. The primary goals of Occupational Therapy are to enable your child to participate and achieve their full potential in their everyday activities.
Occupational Therapists (O.T.’s) have a broad education that equips them with skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with you, your child and other professionals / educators or family / care givers, involved with your child’s care and development. They are also focused on assessing your child’s environment to ascertain what modifications are needed to better support participation.
O.T.’s complete at least a four year University Degree that provides them with a knowledge base of neurology, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, child development, psychology, psychosocial development, activity-task analysis and therapeutic techniques.
SNAA provides an “Outreach Therapy Service” to your child either in your family home or your child’s Kindergarten or School setting. Susanne Nelson formed this therapy service as an Outreach provision in 2006, as she believes that therapy should be delivered in the setting where the child’s needs are the greatest.
In her clinical experience, Susanne has found that therapy is most effective when “A teaching teacher model” is applied to the child’s parents, carers or educators in the appropriate setting. This model ensures that your child not only learns the skills in the environment that is required, but also provides the carers/educators with the professional knowledge and strategies that can be carried over after each therapy session has been conducted.
At SNAA, the Therapists work very closely with you, your child and all team members within your child’s care. In order to achieve this, we set up a “Student/ Parent Support Group email” system, whereby all team members (with your consent), can get access to our therapy progress notes after each therapy session has been conducted. This is a way for all members to continually share knowledge and information about your child’s therapy program and coupled with the “teaching the teacher model”, contributes to your child’s ability to generalize the skills across all settings.
SNAA utilises a “Family Centred Practice” framework, and incorporates their interests of cognitive behavioural/affective training, anxiety management, social skills and sensory modulation when working with your child and family.
The team at SNAA is committed to providing a consistent, comprehensive and efficient therapy program for you and your child. We pride ourselves on the unique way in which we deliver a high level of communication and dedication to your child, your family and other important members of the therapy / educational team on an ongoing basis.