Frequently Asked Questions
Questions for your first visit
Starting Occupational Therapy can seem daunting but it is actually very easy. We have gathered together some information to tell you more about the therapy process we follow and what to expect in therapy.
Assessment is important to enable us to understand your concerns, your child’s current skills and the factors contributing to difficulties. Depending on what your concerns are this takes 1-2 sessions. Assessment sessions involve a parent interview to understand your key concerns, collaborative goal setting to direct our assessment and therapy and assessment activities with your child.
At Kids Play we believe it is important for you to understand the results of our assessment sessions to enable you to better understand your child’s strengths, difficulties and factors affecting them within the context of development.
This means we take the time to talk with you and key individuals in the your child’s life about what information came out of the assessment, put this into context for you and your child, talk to you about the key frameworks used in therapy, review the goals of therapy, provide key strategies to support your child and develop a treatment plan.
We recommend you invest in getting an Occupational Therapy Report so you can easily and accurately share the assessment results with your Doctor, childcare, school and /or other professionals.
Therapy is aimed at developing your child’s skills and addressing the key factors affecting their development. Therapy sessions can be at the clinic, in the home, in the childcare or school. The frequency varies depending on the goals to be addressed and can be weekly, fortnightly, monthly or bimonthly. The approach and techniques used will be targeted at your child’s needs and based upon current best evidence.
Therapy Sessions are often based in play and fun as we know this is the most motivating way for children to learn and consolidate skills. So don’t be surprised that your child will be looking forward to their Occupational Therapy session,
Home Visits, childcare visits and school visits can be arranged to enhance your child’s participation and achievement. Visits involve observing your child’s participation with in the routine, linking with key staff to understand their key concerns and providing information, strategies and support to the teachers and childcare staff.
We provide advice for equipment that would help your child at home, childcare, school or in the community. We can make recommendations on environmental changes or modifications to your home as appropriate and complete funding applications and approval for equipment if your child is accessing the Better Start or Helping children with Autism Initiative.
For clients with significant physical difficulties we are able to complete an assessment and application through the CAEATI scheme. Talk to your therapist or see the CAEATI website to see if your child is eligible and for more information.
When it is difficult to get in the same location we can do Occupational Therapy skype sessions or use other internet based platforms to connect. This is especially helpful for families who are living outside of Brisbane. We can arrange a session to be over skype to review assessment results, progress and discuss strategies.
We believe it is important to work with you and the key professionals working with your family to ensure the team around your family have a better understanding and enable a more coordinated approach. We are co-located with Speech Therapists, Psychologists and Physiotherapists so if you they are part of your team then we can easily and regularly catch up to keep our approach coordinated.
When we need to connect with doctors or other key professionals who are not on site it would occur with your consent and can be through phone calls, email, letters and/or reports. We rely on you to let us know when there are specific times you need us to connect with your team eg a review with your Paediatrician so we can provide information in a timely manner.
We can provide In-Services or workshops on a number of topics including:
●What is Occupational Therapy
●Getting Picky Eaters to Eat
●Developing Toileting Independence
●Developing Dressing Skills
●Other topics as requested.
Kids Play Occupational Therapists run groups for children on
●Prep for Prep
SpeechNet Speech Pathology run groups on:
●Babies talk too
●Talking together and Early Talker groups
●Making and keeping friends groups
●Specialty groups: children with Autism, Down Syndrome
●Late Talker Group
No, your child does not a need a diagnosis to come to Kids Play. At Kids Play we work with you and your child on what your concerns are for your child. Children can have difficulties in a range of areas and with a range of severity and we have experience to assist you and child wherever their skills are.
You can call to book an appointment or ask us questions on 07 3349 9234 or email
We do not require a referral from other professionals however if you would like to access Medicare Rebates you will need to see your GP or Paediatrician first to get a written plan. See the Funding page for more information.
When you call we will ask you some initial questions regarding your key concerns for your child so we can ensure our service will meet your needs.
During this session we gather more information regarding your concern, your child’s current skills and factors which may be contributing to any difficulties. Then together we establish initial goals for your involvement with OT. This process usually involves a parent interview, questionnaires, observation of the child playing independently in the therapy room and assessment activities with your child as appropriate. See the assessment section for more information on the assessment process.
During the first appointment we will also ask you to sign key paperwork we need to run our service including your contact details, consent forms and our cancelation policy.
Occupational Therapy will be different for different children depending on the goals set, the child’s current skills and the family’s needs.
The Therapy process involves:
Occupational Therapy sessions will be different for different children depending on the goals set, the child’s age and current skills and the family’s needs. They involve play based activities aimed at teaching new skills and strategies and supporting families to find ways to incorporate these strategies and ideas into everyday life.
We are a family centered practice and welcome other family members and people who support your family to appointments. At times therapy sessions can require a quiet and focused environment to get the best results so we would discuss this at the time
Yes, there are a variety of different ways that individuals can access funding support for Occupational therapy. We are able to process Private Health on site and can provide services under Medicare items including Better Access to Mental Health Care professionals, Team Care Arrangements and Autism assessment and treatment.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme has been rolled out across Australia. To access the scheme, you must be assessed as eligible. Kids Play Occupational Therapist can provide therapy to children with NDIS plans which are Self-Managed or Plan Managed.
Please see the funding page for more information about these different schemes to see if you are eligible and for more information
Yes, we can do all of these. We find that the best results occur when parents are present with their child through sessions as this enables them to use and share the strategies and activities used with other key people in your child’s life. We can provide therapy sessions at our clinic or in your home, child care or school.
Please note we charge for the travel time for the therapist to travel to and from the appointment. (See Pricing page for more information)
Your therapist will work with you to understand what equipment and home modification may benefit your child. We can trial some equipment within therapy sessions or recommend where they may be available for trial.
For clients with FAHCSIA funding we are able to reimburse the cost of equipment which your therapist has recommended for your child.
For eligible clients we are able to complete an assessment and application through the CAEATI scheme. Please see the CAEATI website for more information.
Yes we can. With your consent we can provide information to other therapists to enable all people working with your child to be able to have the best understanding possible and use the most effective approaches. We do this via phone, email and written letters/reports. We can also provide joint therapy sessions or attend key meeting around your child.
At Kids Play we have speech pathology and psychology services located on site and this enables more frequent informal collaboration to take place. See the <a title="Kids Play Sister Services" href="http://www.kidsplayot.com.au/our-services/kids-play-sister-services/">Kids Play Sister Services</a> Page for more information.
Please note we charge for the time we spend collaborating with other professionals regarding your child when it exceeds 30 minutes a month, please see service page for more information.
Occupational Therapy is based on helping children achieve in their every day life.
Areas we work on include
Through our therapy sessions we engage in an ongoing process of reviewing progress against the goals of therapy. When we are approaching reaching our goals we review the treatment plan to decide if it is time to cease therapy and you continue to work on the goals independently or we set a new goal and treatment plan. Parents are a key partner in developing and following the treatment plan.
Occupational Therapy is for Everyone
Occupational therapy is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation.
The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.
Occupational therapists achieve this by working with children, their families and their community to enhance their ability to engage in the activities
This can include
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