Occupational Therapy

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) is a science degree-based, health and social care profession, regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA). Occupational therapy takes a “whole-person approach” to mental and physical health and wellbeing and enables people to achieve their full potential.

Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages who have difficulty managing their everyday life occupations such as taking care of themselves or others, working, participating in education, leisure interests and social events.

Whether it is due to a:

  • Medical condition – for example, rheumatoid arthritis,
  • Developmental delay, for example, a sensory processing disorder
  • Disability – for example, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), acquired brain injury
  • Mental health condition – for example, bipolar disorder, depression

An occupational therapist is trained to assess and identify the strengths and difficulties a person may have during daily life activities and will explore practical solutions to enable them to gain independence.

Occupational Therapists work with people individually or in groups and in various settings, including health organisations, residential care or supported living, education, voluntary organisations, or independent practitioners.

 

How can an occupational therapist help me?

 An occupational therapist can carry out a range of assessments to help identify what is impacting your ability to function independently in everyday life.

Assessments may include: 

  • Observation of you doing functional tasks in your home, school, workplace or other environments
  • Standardised assessments of your  physical abilities like strength, balance and coordination or your cognitive abilities like memory, coping strategies, organisational skills

An occupational therapist can also assess the physical set up of your home, classroom or community setting as well as the social and emotional support you have or may need.

The occupational therapist will then work collaboratively with you to identify your goals and develop an evidence-based plan of intervention to help you maintain, regain or improve your independence. This may involve learning and practising a new way of doing something, using specific strategies, changing your environment or using new equipment.

Challenge occupational therapists can help with:

  • fine motor skills
  • visual-perceptual skills
  • cognitive (thinking) skills
  • sensory-processing problems
  • Chronic pain management

 

Who do we help?

 We provide occupational therapy services for:

  • People with disability
  • Children and adolescents, including children in out of home care
  • Parents and carers

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Where does Challenge provide occupational therapy?

 We have online telehealth appointments available as well as face-to-face at our clinics or in your own home.

 We currently provide Occupational Therapy services in NSW, including the Central Coast and Newcastle region.

 

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About Challenge Community Services

Over 60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disability. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 900 staff, more than 90 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.
In the spirit of Reconciliation, Challenge Community Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.
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