Occupational Therapy

Welcome to All Things Therapy - Your Comprehensive Resource for Neuroaffirming Occupational Therapy for Children Ages 2-12!

At All Things Therapy, we are proud to place a strong emphasis on neuroaffirming practice. We recognise and celebrate the unique neurological profiles and experiences of all individuals, particularly children within the age range of 2-12 years old. Our commitment to neuroaffirming practice ensures that we provide inclusive, respectful, and supportive care that honors and validates the neurodiversity of each child we serve.

Here's why our focus on neuroaffirming practice is so important:

  • Celebrating Neurodiversity

    We believe that neurodiversity is a natural and valuable aspect of human variation. Our neuroaffirming practice embraces the understanding that neurological differences, such as autism, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental conditions, are a part of the diverse fabric of humanity. We celebrate and value the unique strengths and perspectives that neurodivergent individuals bring to our society.

  • Creating an Inclusive Environment

    Our approach creates a safe and accepting environment for all children, regardless of their neurological differences. We strive to foster a sense of belonging, where children feel understood, accepted, and valued for who they are. By providing a neuroaffirming space, we empower children to express themselves authentically and engage in their therapeutic journey with confidence.

  • Respecting Individual Needs

    Neuroaffirming practice emphasises the importance of understanding and respecting individual needs and preferences. We recognise that each child has their own unique way of experiencing the world and engaging with daily activities. Our therapists take the time to listen, observe, and adapt interventions to meet the specific needs and sensory sensitivities of each child.

  • Supporting Self-Advocacy

    We empower children to become self-advocates by nurturing their self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-advocacy skills. Through our neuroaffirming approach, we foster a sense of agency and encourage children to actively participate in their therapy, make choices, and express their opinions. This prepares them to advocate for their needs and rights throughout their lives.

  • Collaborating with Families and Support Networks

    Our neuroaffirming approach extends to our collaboration with families and the child's support network. We actively involve parents, caregivers, and family members in the therapy process, valuing their insights and perspectives. We work together as a team, fostering open communication and mutual respect to create a cohesive and supportive network around the child.

  • Working Closely with Educators and Schools

    At All Things Therapy, we understand the pivotal role that educators and schools play in a child's development and success. We are dedicated to collaborating closely with educators to ensure a coordinated and supportive approach to the child's occupational therapy needs. By working together, we can maximise the child's potential and create a seamless experience across different environments.

When can Occupational Therapy support your child?

Recognising signs that your child may benefit from occupational therapy can help address their specific needs and promote their overall development. Here are some common signs that may indicate your child could benefit from occupational therapy:

  • Fine Motor Skills Difficulties

    If your child struggles with tasks that require fine motor skills, such as holding a pencil, tying shoelaces, using cutlery, or manipulating small objects, it may be a sign that they could benefit from occupational therapy. Occupational therapists can provide interventions to improve hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and fine motor skills.

  • Sensory Processing Challenges

    If your child shows extreme reactions or difficulties in responding to sensory stimuli, such as being overly sensitive to touch, sound, or light, or seeking excessive sensory input, occupational therapy can help. Occupational therapists can assess sensory processing difficulties and provide strategies to help your child regulate their responses and participate in daily activities more effectively.

  • Self-Care Skills

    If your child struggles with activities of daily living, such as dressing, grooming, feeding, or independent toileting, occupational therapy can be beneficial. Occupational therapists can work on improving your child's self-care skills and promoting independence in these areas.

  • Gross Motor Skills Delays

    If your child has difficulties with coordination, balance, or gross motor skills, such as running, jumping, catching a ball, or riding a bike, occupational therapy can help. Occupational therapists can provide interventions to improve motor planning, strength, balance, and coordination.

  • Challenges with Organisational Skills

    If your child has trouble organising their belongings, managing their time, following instructions, or staying focused on tasks, occupational therapy can assist in developing organisational and executive functioning skills. Occupational therapists can provide strategies and techniques to improve these skills and enhance your child's ability to succeed in academic and daily life activities.

  • Behavioural or Attention Difficulties

    If your child displays behavioural challenges, impulsivity, difficulty staying on task, or struggles with attention, occupational therapy can help. Occupational therapists can work on improving self-regulation, attention span, and behavioural strategies to support your child's overall functioning.

Remember, every child is unique

The presence of one or more of these signs does not automatically mean that occupational therapy is needed. However, if you have concerns about your child's development, motor skills, sensory processing, self-care abilities, or overall functional performance, it is recommended to consult with an occupational therapist. They can assess your child's needs and recommend appropriate occupational therapy interventions to support their growth and development.