Paediatric Occupational Therapy (OT)

What it is: Paediatric Occupational Therapy (OT) is a specialised branch of occupational therapy that focuses on supporting children to develop the skills they need to participate in daily activities and that they need to or want to do. This may include support in the following areas;

Fine Motor Skills

  • Cutting
  • Drawing
  • Opening lunch bags
  • Manipulating toothbrushes
  • Tying shoelaces

Sensory Processing

  • Regulating sensory processing to support learning and behaviour

Gross Motor Skills

  • Posture at a table
  • Ball skills
  • Gross motor skills for games

Visual processing skills

  • Accurately interpreting visual information for reading and writing


  • Dressing
  • Bathing and toileting
  • Eating
  • Sleep
  • Personal Hygiene


  • Sharing attention on play
  • Pretend play skills


  • Handwriting
  • Attention and concentration for learning
  • Executive functioning
    • Flexible thinking
    • Self-regulation for learning
    • Working memory


  • Organisation skills for learning


Occupational therapists work closely with families to create customised treatment plans tailored to each child’s specific challenges and strengths.

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