Paediatric Occupational Therapy looks at the “occupations”, that is, activities, that children perform in their everyday lives, considering the child in their family, educational and community setting. Occupation refers to the everyday tasks children need to do to look after themselves, to participate in preschool or school and enjoy life/recreation. Paediatric Occupational Therapy can help your child in any of the following areas:
Self-care: Eating, dressing, toileting/personal hygiene and grooming.
Participation in learning: Daily routines (such as getting ready for kinder/school), self-organisation, participating in the kinder environment or classroom, learning, motor skills.
Play/Leisure: Participation in activities that your child chooses to do for enjoyment, creative thinking, social interaction, and participation in structured activities such as sporting or community activities.
Intervention may involve provision of education, training and information sessions to parents and teachers to promote the above occupations.
Please refer to the Occupational Therapy Australia website for more information.
GROW Psychology & Allied Health collaborates with Occupational Therapist, Rebecca Patterson of Tree House Occupational Therapy.
Paediatric Occupational Therapy (OT) provides support to the child/parent and others involved in the child’s care, so that the child can engage in their daily occupations of self-care, productivity and play.
Rebecca has worked as an Occupational Therapist for over 25 years, with ten years’ experience in both adult mental health and in paediatrics.
With a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Rebecca has worked in private practice, community health, early intervention, child mental health and school-based therapy. She has worked in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and now Australia. Rebecca has worked with children of all ages and a wide variety of diagnosis, with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) being a specialist area.
Rebecca has an interest in working with pre-school children helping and supporting them in their daily occupations of play, self-care and productivity (kindergarten skills). Rebecca continues to enjoy the challenges of helping school aged children with their classroom performance (e.g. handwriting, planning & organisational skills, focused attention & behaviour) and their play and social interactions.
Rebecca brings a great understanding of how a child’s family plays a role in therapy, and works closely with both the child and their parents to achieve their goals. Rebecca’s sessions are goal directed and focused on occupation first and foremost.
When not at work, she is busy trying to raise two healthy and happy boys, cultivating a productive vegetable garden and swimming.