Six-and-a-half-year-old Toby* has achieved his goals of successfully transitioning to kinder and then school, as well as increasing independence in self-care skills such as toileting and dressing thanks to support from his family and an OT.
Yooralla Occupational Therapist (OT) Kate Hill began working with Toby and his family when he was three-and-a-half when it became apparent that he needed some extra support.
Toby and his family have learnt how to understand and support his sensory processing needs, as well as supporting him in other areas of his development, including fine/gross motor skills, social skills, attention/concentration, early literacy, and numeracy.
Toby has progressed in leaps and bounds and is now a happy, busy six-and-a-half-year-old who is thriving in his first year of primary school.
We spoke to Toby’s family about what having access to OT has meant for Toby.
“Having access to an OT has meant that we were supported, guided and working as part of a team to help our son achieve his developmental goals,” said Toby’s mother.
“We couldn’t be more proud to see our son achieving all the goals we had set out. To see him transition into kinder and school life smoothly and as prepared as possible has been truly amazing.”
“We are extremely grateful for our dedicated and supportive OT who has provided so much support not only to our son but to us as a family. Ensuring our child was building skills to support his future has been a major part of what she has helped us to achieve,” Toby’s mother said.
Celebrating World Occupational Therapy Day
This year World Occupational Therapy Day on 27 October celebrates the theme ‘Unity through Community’. The theme promotes the role of OTs in working together and supporting people to engage with and participate in their community – in whichever way is meaningful to them.
World Occupational Therapy Day is an opportunity to demonstrate the many ways OTs can support people at all stages of life.
Karen gaining confidence with powered mobility
Karen is busy making plans to get out-and-about in the community after transitioning to a powered wheelchair with the support of Occupational Therapy (OT) at Yooralla.
Interested in Occupational Therapy services?
Yooralla’s experienced OTs support people with disability of all ages, stages and needs to meet their individual goals and enhance their quality of life.
OTs support clients to enhance movement and mobility, providing advice on home modifications and equipment, enabling people to engage in everyday activities and to develop social and daily living skills, and much more.
Our OTs specialise in working with people with complex needs, particularly with seating and pressure care. We can provide comprehensive assessments and individual interventions to assist people to develop particular skills.