Occupational Therapy Whitsunday

A Family-Centred Practice

With over 30 years’ experience, Occupational Therapy Whitsunday works collaboratively with you to personally identify goals for your child.

Play is Pivotal

Play

Play is the vehicle for your child’s learning. Research indicates that a child learns up to 20 times faster when learning during play.

Skills for Life

Develop

Occupational Therapy helps develop kids’ cognitive, physical, and motor skills and builds their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

Celebrate Success

Succeed

We work collaboratively to set and attain goals and celebrate your child’s remarkable achievements together.

Occupational Therapy
Play
Develop
Succeed

Enabling the Occupation of Kids and Teens

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is designed to help children, teens and adults acquire, or regain the skills needed to perform the activities or “occupations” of daily life. A child’s occupation is to grow, learn and play. Occupational therapy can help improve kids’ cognitive, physical, and motor skills and build their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

Children

Occupational Therapy Whitsunday can assist children from the age of 12 months to 12 years.

Families

We are a family-centred practice and promote a collaborative approach to care. 

Teens

Working with teens and their support network to create social competency, positive behaviour and promoting mental health and independence.

Communities

We work with local schools, child care centres, health care professionals and community members who play a pivotal role in the individuals development.

How Can Occupational Therapy Help?

Development Areas We Work With

Does your child have difficulties with day-to-day activities at home, school, or in the community? Do they experience challenges that do not affect most typically developing children? If so, we are here to help your child.

Occupational Therapy is a treatment that supports your child and family when they experience difficulties in the following areas.

  • Self Care
  • Fine Motor and Handwriting
  • Gross Motor
  • Sensory Processing
  • Behaviour and Family Support
  • Social, Friendships and Play
  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Regulation and Managing Emotions

 

Your child might need to see an occupational therapist if they have trouble doing everyday activities because of physical, psychological or emotional problems, developmental delay or intellectual disability.

Occupational Therapists consider many areas of your child’s development, including thinking, emotions, behaviour, sensory processing, social interactions, play, gross motor skills and fine motor skills.

We will focus on your child’s strengths and work in a family-centred way. This means we consider the unique needs of your family when working with your child.

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Self Care

Advice and assistance with concerns around toileting, dressing, sleeping and eating.

Fine Motor

Develop the strength, coordination, and dexterity needed to perform daily tasks in the school curriculum.

Gross Motor

For confidence and success in every day activities from getting dressed to participating in the playground.

Sensory

To help your child and the family understand individual responses to everyday occurrences.

Behaviour

To encourage thriving relationships, playful engagement and flexible thinking.

Regulation

Learning regulation of emotions and attention for a happier, calmer and more focussed child.

Social Skills

To help with friendships, meaningful relationships and cognitive brain development through healthy play.

Learning Difficulties

Identifying and addressing gaps in learning and associated executive functioning skills.

Our Process

How Does it Work?

You do not require a referral from your GP to make an appointment with Occupational Therapy Whitsundays. Here is our process, to help you understand the steps taken once initial contact is made.

Step 1:

Schedule A Consultation

Please email or call to arrange a time for your first consultation or to discuss your concerns.

Step 2:

Pre Screening

Complete a pre-screening form prior to assessment day. This gains relevant background information and saves time in the clinic room during the first assessment.

Step 3:

Child Assessment

At the clinic your therapist will join in activities with your child to observe them  closely and undertake a variety of assessments. Parents are required at the assessment to provide essential input.

Step 4:

Therapy Planning

Receive verbal feedback outlining the results of the assessment and where your child is at with regard to their development and functional abilities. At this stage a therapy plan will be provided.

Step 5:

Achieve Our Goals

Utilising the various techniques available to Occupational Therapy, we will help your child achieve the goals we identified in the therapy plan.

Questions parents ask

Frequent Questions

We understand that starting your journey with an occupational therapist can feel overwhelming and there are many questions you need to ask. Here we present you with the most frequently asked questions in an effort to make the journey for you and your family more comfortable and informed.

What is Occupational Therapy and how can it help my child?

Occupational Therapy (or ‘OT’) helps people to go about their day-to-day activities more easily. For children and teens struggling with any part of their development, this can range from their handwriting, to making new friends, to concentration, or the longer term challenges that go with a diagnosis or disability.

Whatever it is, Occupational Therapy aims to develop your child’s skills to help them live more enjoyably and independently.

What happens during OT sessions?

After your child’s first OT consultation, their Occupational Therapist will develop goals with you and your child that will guide their sessions. Your child’s OT sessions are tailored to these goals by using a variety of activities to build their skills in the area they are working on.

This can often involve fun activities like jumping, obstacle courses or playing games. But every activity — including the fun ones — are all helping your child develop their skills.

Your child’s Occupational Therapist may also recommend they join one of our group programmes to help reach their goals.

Does my child need a referral?

No, you don’t need a referral for Occupational Therapy. Please call us on to organise your initial appointment (alternatively, you can email us to organise a convenient call time).

You can share your concerns about your child’s development and we’ll explain the next steps and book a session time for you. Please call us on 0428 344 884.

What happens before and during the initial session?
BEFORE

After we’ve organised your child’s initial appointment time, we’ll email you a confirmation letter and directions to our clinic. We will also advise you of the necessary documents to complete prior to the appointment. This will enable us to learn more about your child so the appointment runs efficiently.

If you have any other documents that may assist us in getting to know your child, please send them in as well.

ON THE DAY

When you arrive at your chosen clinic, your child’s Occupational Therapist will come and meet you both in the waiting room. From there, they’ll welcome you into the clinic room. Your child’s OT will then engage your child in fun activities, run a few different tests selected from a range of standardised and non-standardised assessments around your child’s needs. Parental input is required at this stage to clarify any concerns the Occupational Therapist may have.

For your child, this will probably just feel like doing some activities that are similar to those at school (e.g. drawing, hopping, catching a ball, writing etc.). During the Initial appointment it is preferred that you can stay with your child without any other siblings present.

AFTER

At the end of your child’s Initial appointment, there will be standardised assessments to collate and a summary of strengths, challenges and individualised goals to compile. Usually a phone or Telehealth feedback is provided the following week. This will be the opportunity to share initial observations and discuss your child’s development and steps to move forward.

NDIS participants require a written summary and individual intervention plan which will occur instead of verbal feedback.

How much do sessions cost?

Initial consultation: The cost of an initial consultation varies depending on your child’s needs. During our intake phone call we will discuss the different treatment options for your child and associated costs with you.

One-on-one sessions: Session fees vary depending on the length of your child’s session.

Please call us on 0428 344 884 or email us at info@otwhitsunday.com.au to find out our current rates.

What kind of things can you help with?

Occupational Therapy is a treatment that supports your child and family when they experience difficulties in the following areas.

  • Self Care
  • Fine Motor and Handwriting
  • Gross Motor
  • Sensory Processing
  • Behaviour and Family Support
  • Social, Friendships and Play
  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Regulation and Managing Emotions
How do I know if my child needs Occupational Therapy?

If you or anyone supporting your child’s health or education (e.g. teacher, speech pathologist, doctor, paediatrician) is concerned about your child’s development or they are struggling with their daily activities, Occupational Therapy sessions may be able to help them.

‘Daily activities’ can range from focusing and learning at school, tying their shoelaces, making new friends, participating in sports, toileting, doing their homework, eating dinner — any part of their daily life.

How long will my child need OT sessions for?

Our long-term aim is for your child to not need our services, so we only ever recommend your child comes for the sessions they need.

How long we recommend your child comes for will vary on their goals and how quickly they are progressing.

However, the choice is always yours — you are not locked in to bringing your child for a set time as we believe you know what’s best for your family.

How long do sessions go for?

An initial consultation will be approximately 90 minutes. Our following Occupational Therapy sessions are usually 45 mins to 1 hour.

Telehealth sessions may be shorter but more frequent.

Are sessions covered by private health funds?

Whether your child’s sessions with us are covered by private health insurance will depend on your provider and your level of cover. All health funds are different, however, many of them do offer cover for Occupational Therapy. We recommend you check with your private health fund about what rebates you’re entitled to.

Are you registered for NDIS funding?

We are registered providers with NDIS including Early Childhood Intervention Support.

Are there Medicare rebates?

Yes — there are two main Medicare plans that you can potentially access. Eligibility for these plans is determined by your doctor. A visit to your doctor is required for the plan to be written. All Medicare rebates are a partial subsidy of service fee and require a gap payment.

  • Enhanced Primary Care Plan

    This entitles clients up to five treatment sessions per calendar year of which a rebate can be claimed through Medicare.

  • Better Access to Mental Health Plan

    If your child has any mental health concerns that interferes with their cognitive, emotional or social functioning, you can request a Mental Health Care Plan and referral from your child’s GP, paediatrician or psychiatrist. The Mental Health Care Plan provides ten partially-subsidised OT sessions per calendar year. Occupational Therapy Whitsunday has specific registration to see children under a Mental Health Care Plan. If your child has a Mental Health Care Plan, please let us know when making their initial booking.

    Please note, there are additional Medicare plans available for children with autism spectrum disorders and physical disabilities.

Tina Hamilton

About Me

As an Occupational Therapist of 30 years experience, I believe in a family-centred practice. I work collaboratively with you to personally identify goals for your child.

Together we design and implement a suitable programme that meets your needs and gets the goals achieved.

I am a registered provider with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). I am also an accredited NDIS Early Intervention provider, have registration with Medicare for Better Access to Mental Health (BAMH) and Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plans and also with private health insurance companies. I heavily invest in my ongoing professional development through courses, clinical supervision and private study.

Start your OT journey with us!

Are you ready to see an Occupational Therapist. You can send a message or call us to start the process.