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Children and Family Centred Therapy Services

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The Importance of Parents

Parents and caregivers play an essential role in the development and growth of their child, and can be invaluable to the therapeutic growth of their child. MoveAbout Therapy Services provides parents and caregivers with education, training, and collaborative problem solving; incorporating parents in the treatment process where possible.

Getting the most out of your child

When therapy is meaningful and fun, children work harder for longer periods of time and learn more efficiently. The therapists at MoveAbout Therapy Services believe that it is important to make challenging activities fun and exciting, incorporating the child's interests. Incorporating parents into therapy not only assists therapeutic carry over into the home but also makes the activities more meaningful through the context of the child's most important relationships, with their parents.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists empower and support children to achieve independence.

The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists use occupations (the activities that occupy our time) both as a therapeutic tool and a goal of therapy. The occupations that are typically targeted for children include their roles as daughter or son, brother or sister, student, player, or self-maintainer (feeding, dressing, toileting and hygiene activities), with occupational therapists assisting them to become more independent in these areas.

Occupational therapy assessment and treatment sessions are specifically designed to meet the needs of each individual child and family. At MoveAbout Therapy Services, occupational therapists will use a variety of philosophies and techniques which may include Sensory Processing Theory and DIR®/Floortime™ techniques. We pride ourselves on having one of the best equipped therapy spaces in Australia, incorporating a range of resources including 100 options for swinging as well as slides and a ball pit.

Occupational therapy services at MoveAbout Therapy Services would benefit children with difficulties in the following areas:

Speech & Language Pathology

Speech therapy is fun with bubbles

Speech & language pathology, or speech therapy, is concerned with not only speaking, but also the use of the mouth and throat in all functional activities (e.g. feeding, swallowing, and speech), and communication in a more general sense. Communication consists of far more than the words we say, and includes gestural communication, facial expressions, and tone and volume of voice. For school age children, a large part of communication surrounds literacy, the development of vocabulary, and structuring communication with good sentence structure and grammar.

Speech therapy at MoveAbout Therapy Services is tailored within our developmental framework to each child's unique needs. Our speech therapists consider the developmental level and sensory processing capabilities of each child, and where appropriate, work within the DIR®/Floortime™ framework.

Speech therapy services at MoveAbout Therapy Services would benefit children with difficulties in the following areas:

Floortime™ Players

Floortime™ players are people with experience and training in the practice of Floortime™ with children with developmental delays, though are rarely qualified therapists. Floortime™ players typically will come to your home, not only to utilise this familiar environment for your child, but also to coach you where appropriate through interactions designed to help your child progress through the developmental levels.

Whilst MoveAbout Therapy Services do not currently have any staff available to act as a Floortime™ player, through our links with universities in the area we are able to help you contact occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, and psychology students that may be able to work with you as a Floortime™ player. Similarly, we are able to help train and mentor people you have working with your child in Floortime™ techniques to enable them to work within the Floortime™ framework with your child.

Specialty Therapies

A number of specialty therapies are implemented at MoveAbout Therapy Services such as Therapeutic Listening™, The Alert Program™, Interactive Metronome™, and Astronaut Training™ though we prefer to think of these as simply tools that our therapists can choose and use as appropriate for each child. By utilising a developmental model of therapy, our therapists are able to focus on the goals for each child rather than feel locked into a specific program.

Of course, where it is considered appropriate, our therapists may suggest a particular program for your child, and we ensure that MoveAbout Therapy Services staff have the training and equipment available for your child to receive the maximum benefit from these specialised therapies.

Where additional specialist therapies would be appropriate and our staff are unable to offer these services directly, we utilise our network of trusted professionals to provide referral based access so your child receives the best care.

Therapeutic Model

The developmental model we use can be visualised in a pyramid with strong foundations supporting function, cognition and academic performance at the apex.

 

Developmental Model

At MoveAbout Therapy Services, all of our therapies are shaped by our belief in the strengths of a developmental approach to addressing functional difficulties. Whilst the goals of our therapies are to improve performance in everyday activities, school activities, and social and emotional functioning, our therapists typically support children to develop areas lower in the developmental pyramid that form a basis for higher level functioning as well as targeting the skills the child requires.

 

 

DIR®/Floortime™

Therapists at MoveAbout Therapy Services are trained in the techniques of DIR®/Floortime™ which is used as one of our primary frameworks for encouraging social, emotional, and intellectual development in The six DIR® levels.children with developmental challenges.

DIR® is a developmental framework that provides therapists, parents, and educators with tools and intervention strategies to work with children with developmental challenges. This model builds foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities in a developmental order. Importantly, the DIR® model considers the Developmental steps each child must master for social, emotional and intellectual growth alongside the Individual differences inherent in each child's biological makeup and uses the Relationship with caregivers, therapists, educators and peers to achieve growth through the developmental levels.

Floortime™ is the implementation of DIR® in practice, a term that was coined in the idea of getting down onto the floor with young children to work at their sensory and developmental level. Floortime™ describes a systematic way of working with a child to help them climb the developmental ladder. This allows parents, therapists, and others interacting with these children to draw the child's attention to more appropriate sensory stimuli whilst engaging in an affective interaction.

Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration Therapy

Performing actions can be seen as a circle including sensory input feeding into development of a plan of action and execution of the plan, receiving further sensory input to monitor, modify or complete the plan.

Sensory processing refers to the ability to take in information from our senses and organise this information for functional use in everyday life. The senses include not only touch, sight, sound, taste, and smell, but also include the sensations of body awareness, position and movement. Effective sensory processing supports a child to take in the right amount and type of information, and to integrate the information from the different sensory systems into a meaningful picture of the world, the self, and the activity. This information then allows a person to make an effective plan of action. As the person performs the action, the sensory systems provide feedback about their performance.

In our clinic, we can create opportunities for enhanced sensation - opportunities for sensory experiences that are beyond the experiences available in everyday life. Through these experiences and activities, the child and therapist negotiate and modify activities to continue to challenge the child and encourage continued growth.