What should I expect when I bring my child for Occupational Therapy?

At Achieve Occupational Therapy we strive to provide an individualised and holistic approach to therapy.

Our Occupational Therapy process involves the following steps:

1. Initial Assessment - this will vary depending on the needs of the child and may be carried out over a few sessions.

2. Goal Setting - following the initial assessment treatment goals are set with the client and parents.

3. Therapy Programme - A programme of therapy is planned to meet the individual needs of your child. This will be carried out in the clinic but may also include home programs and school visits depending on the individual needs of the child.

4. Ongoing Review - Ongoing review of goals is an essential part of the treatment process.

5. Discharge - When the clients goals have been achieved they will be discharged from therapy. Frequently children may be discharged from treatment as they have meet their goals and then may return for therapy at a later date.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long do therapy sessions last?

Most sessions last 50 minutes. This may vary depending on the individual needs of the child. 

How often will my child need to go to therapy?

Every child's treatment program is individualised. Following the initial assessment your therapist will recommend if therapy will be weekly, fortnightly or once a month. This may change during the treatment process depending on your child's goals and progress.

How long will I have to wait for an Occupational Therapy Assessment?

At Achieve Occupational Therapy we value been client centred, holistic and the uniqueness of each individual. Our wait times can vary based on the individual needs of the child and the availability of therapists. The wait time maybe two to three months long. Dr Dorothy Armstrong and Sandra O'Connor both complete assessments. Sandra O'Connor specialises in assessing and treating children from three to seven years of age. Dr Dorothy Armstrong specialises in assessing and treating children from age eight years of age to young adults.

How long will I have to wait for an Occupational Therapy Treatment?

At Achieve Occupational Therapy we value been client centred, holistic and the uniqueness of each individual. Our wait times can vary based on the individual needs of the child and the availability of therapists. The wait time maybe six to nine months for children over 8 years of age. The wait time may be over six months for three to seven year-olds. Sandra O'Connor specialises in assessing and treating children from three to seven years of age. Dr Dorothy Armstrong specialises in assessing and treating children from age eight years of age to young adults. In order to provide the best quality service and avoid any delays in intervention, we require that you complete a parent questionnaire and return it to the service. We want to ensure that we can meet your child's needs at Achieve Occupational Therapy.

How long will my child be seen for Occupational Therapy Treatment?

This will vary depending on the needs of the child and will be decided following initial assessment and consultation with your therapist. Typically, we will see a child for a series of ten sessions. Our goal is to provide our parents with knowledge and tools to support their children. If further intervention is required, it will be provided on a consultation model depending on the needs of the child.