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Occupational Therapy

​What does Occupational Therapist do?

Occupational therapy (OT) treatment focuses on helping people with a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. Occupation refers to all the tasks or activities that a person:


  • Wants to do (interests, hobbies, play)

  • Has to do (e.g. eat, toilet, dress)

  • Is expected to do (reading, writing, academics)

Occupational Therapy aims to help a person achieve success in their life occupations. It focuses on the main occupations of:

  • School (e.g. writing, reading, fine motor skills, learning, attention)

  • Home tasks (e.g. fitting in with family life, jobs, homework, getting self- ready)

  • Play (e.g. imaginative play, social interaction, gross motor skills)

  • Self-care ( e.g. bathing, dressing, eating, cutlery use, organising self)

  • Work (preparing a person to be able to effectively engage in the workplace)


Areas Addressed at Shine Therapy Centre's Occupational Therapy:

  • Sensory Integration

  • Autism

  • Fine Motor Skills

  • Gross Motor Skills

  • Visual Perception

  • Memory Issues

  • Handwriting Difficulties

  • School Readiness

  • Play

  • Eating issues

  • Developmental Delays

  • Self-care issues

  • Toileting – encopresis/ enuresis/ delays

  • Dressing

  • Behaviour management

  • Most other functional difficulties

How Occupational Therapy will help?

The therapist carefully analyses the sensory, physical, cognitive and behavioral aspects causing the child to have difficulties in his/her life occupations.

Intervention is then targeted at the weak areas to improve the underlying skills. Intervention looks at a combination of:

  • Education of child and adult caregivers as to the reasons for the difficulties.

  • Environmental modification where appropriate to help ensure that the child has the "just right" level of challenge to enable success.

  • Remediation of the underlying skills through clinic treatment and/ or home and school programming.

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