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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapist, Klaira Guy, consults at Glebe Hill Family Practice.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is a specialist allied health profession that takes a collaborative, practical approach to health and well-being. Occupational therapy promotes “doing”. Anything that occupies your time is referred to as an occupation. This service looks holistically at your ability, unique strengths, wants, needs, routine and environment to formulate an evidence-based approach to work alongside you to increase your capacity to participate in daily life.

What is an Occupational Therapist?

Occupational Therapists (OTs) are highly qualified health professionals who help you increase and maintain participation in daily activities. They work in collaboration with you to set goals, assess your needs and prescribe modifications to promote positive change in your ability to do what you want and need.

As first contact practitioners, you don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a occupational therapist. However, they often work as part of a team with doctors and other health professionals to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition.

What conditions do Occupational Therapists treat?

Occupational Therapists treat a wide variety of conditions depending on the area they work in. Klaira commonly supports children from 3 years and young adults up to 35 years with:

  • standardised and functional assessment to support:
  • medical team in diagnosis of neurological and developmental differences
  • access to funding
  • education, advocacy support and daily strategies for challenges associated with neurodivergence and executive functioning deficits
  • Strategies to promote secure attachment between caregivers and children
  • assessment and recommendations for handwriting and fine motor concerns, including equipment prescription (excluding custom splinting)
  • sensory processing assessment and strategies
  • trauma-informed and neuro-affirmative behavioural support
  • feeding and picky eating assessment and strategies
  • play and social participation assessment and strategies
  • self-care assessment and strategies.

What Sort of Treatments Are Used?

Occupational Therapists are guided by what is important to you, and support you in making the most of your existing strengths to minimise challenges. They may use therapeutic discussion, educational strategies, advocacy, collaboration with other supports, environmental assessment and modifications or skill-based accommodations and approaches.

Click on the following link for more information about Klaira Guy's sessions and fees, Medicare rebates, and private health fund benefits: Klaira Guy, Occupational Therapist