Occupational Therapy enables people to complete the activities that they find meaningful. For children this might look like playing, sleeping, feeding themselves, learning, regulating themselves and becoming more independent in all activities of daily living.
Occupational Therapy also includes the prescription of equipment or devices that might make this possible.
Speech Pathology supports people of all ages to communicate and interact with others, by diagnosing and treating difficulties in communication skills including language, speech, social communication, fluency and voice. This may also include prescribing communication devices.
Speech Pathology also includes supporting people to participate safely in mealtimes, by assessing and supporting difficulties with swallowing food and/or drinks.
Play is used by our Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists to gain a child's attention, practice specific motor and functional skills, promote sensory processing and perceptual abilities, and develop cognitive and language skills.
In other words, play becomes a tool used to work towards a goal.
Research shows that by making therapy fun and engaging through play, children are more likely to learn new skills.