Foundations of Our Service
We are a values driven service that holds our foundations of developing and enabling connections, play, independence and participation central to everything we do.
Our Step-by-Step Program:
Who Do We Help and Where?
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We like to keep things simple and, purposely, stay away from using “medical” jargon, keeping a human touch to our services.
Keep this guide as a handy reference.
To get started we ask you to attend a meeting with one of our therapists to better understand the reasons for accessing occupational therapy, your concerns for your child and a bit about who they are, what they do well, their likes and dislikes and what has been tried before.
We take the time to meet with you face-to-face without your child initially so we can formulate a plan for the quickest way to address your concerns. We also use this time to make sure you know about other services and support that may be beneficial and let you know in more detail what our service can offer your child.
This is where we start to plan your child’s unique pathway through our service or sometimes we might even suggest a better option for meeting your child’s needs that involves another service or support external to Kids & Community.
Knowing Your Child
In a one-on-one session with one of our therapists, we learn about your child’s skills and what is preventing them from doing the things they want, need or are expected to do. This is a fun interaction whereby the therapist engages your child in a range of activities/tasks to observe and assess their skills.
Kids usually find this feels like just playing and hanging out. We often visit your child at home or in educational settings or other community settings where needed to form an understanding of the demands in this environment and any barrier’s that may exist.
The purpose of this phase is to establish common goals for any further support/intervention.
Working With Your Child
We offer a range of solutions to meet your child’s unique needs and goals. We will create and work with you on a plan that is specific to your child and your family’s needs.
We also take into account the ways which your child wants to participate such as sports, recreational groups and activities and include these in our program.
We may suggest individual sessions, small group sessions, workshops as well as access to online resources. All services provided will be working towards achieving agreed goals and progress measured against these goals.
Because your child and you are at the heart of what we do – it is our mission to be able to provide your child and you with the skills, support and coaching to allow you to confidently manage without our ongoing involvement.
We love it when we achieve goals and you no longer need us! Connected, independent children who are participating in their home and community and living their best life are exactly what we are all about!!
Of course, we always welcome you back should you need any further assistance, support or guidance in the future.