HOW DO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS Other Non Government Agencies
PROVIDE THESE SERVICES?
For information on how to contact an
Occupational Therapists work collaboratively Occupational Therapist suited to your needs
with clients of all ages, their families and carers contact your local Department of Ageing,
and other professionals in the home, Disability and Home Care office and ask for
school/preschool and community. Disability Services or the Community Support
INTERVENTION IS PROVIDED
THROUGH A VARIETY OF MEANS
WHAT IS SPOT ON DD?
Consultation/collaboration with client/
SPOT on DD is a group of Speech Pathologists,
parent/ carer/ teacher/ other service
Physiotherapists, and Occupational Therapists
who together aim to provide:
Individual intervention and programming
promotion of best practice of therapy in
Education and training.
the area of developmental disability.
Working with people who have a
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS IN developmental disability
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY ARE continuing education information
EMPLOYED BY: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY IN
The Department of Ageing, Disability and FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SPOT ON
Within the field of developmental disability,
Home Care DD WRITE TO:
occupational therapists work as part of a team
The Spastic Centre SPOT on DD to improve a person’s ability to function in the
family, at school/preschool, work, play and in
Department of Health P.O. Box 1222
Centacare PENRITH 2751
The person with a disability can benefit from
an assessment from an occupational therapist
OR E-MAIL: Spotonddsec@bigpond.com
The Department of Education & Training when:
♦ They have an identified neuromuscular ♦ Developing skills necessary for purposeful ♦ Promoting movement to develop optimal
condition such as cerebral palsy, which is use of hands for example, eye contact, mobility for example, training in how to use
likely to affect performance of functional attending to a task. an electric wheelchair.
♦ Developing reach, grasp and release in 7. Environmental Modifications
♦ They have no specific condition, however functional activities for example, dressing,
have difficulty performing functional school work. ♦ Advice on modifications and adaptations to
activities which are appropriate for their promote access and independence for
developmental level. ♦ Development of skilled use of the hands ie. example, ramping the front access to a
eye hand coordination, fine motor control home.
♦ They appear poorly coordinated in gross or and bilateral coordination.
fine movements, which affects performance 8. Transport
in functional activities. ♦ Splinting to reduce muscle tightness and
improve function. ♦ Advice on transport in line with the
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY CAN ASSIST Australian Standards for example, which
IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: 4. Sensory Perceptual Motor Skills wheelchairs are appropriate to be used for
transporting a person in a bus.
1. Self Care Skills ♦ Developing good body awareness to
improve motor planning and performance 9. Equipment
♦ Promoting independence and offering for example, dressing, handwriting.
advice in areas of daily living for example, ♦ Providing information and access to
how to maximise a persons involvement in ♦ Promoting the integration of the senses specialised equipment.
dressing. (hearing, vision, touch, taste, smell and
movement) so the person is able to function
within their environments, that is, home,
2. Physical Management preschool/school/work and the community.
5. Leisure and Recreation
♦ Positioning to ensure comfort, safety and a
good body posture for motor control for ♦ Adapting activities or the environment to
example, seating for meals. promote participation in leisure within the
home and community for example,
♦ Promoting and maintaining the modification of stereo for switch access.
development of motor skills necessary for
participation in every day activities for 6. Assisted Mobility
example, use of hand for holding a
spoon. ♦ Wheelchair prescription and modification.
3. Hand Skills