Typically Developing Children

We work to a Family Centred Model of treatment

Typically Developing Children

Typically developing children who achieve developmental milestones age appropriately may need assistance to further refine their skill levels in various areas. Children may have reached their developmental milestones age appropriately, but may not demonstrate similar skill levels to their peers. There are five specific areas of development in which your child may be experiencing difficulty in:
• Motor and physical development
• Cognitive development
• Social and emotional development
• Communication and language
• Self-help skills

Child First Paediatric Therapy provides an interdisciplinary team of therapists including Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, and Physiotherapists. Typically developing children may only use only one of the therapies but other children will have a combination of therapies to meet their goals.

At Child First Paediatric Therapy we can work together with you and your child to strengthen and refine the following areas:
Fine motor skills
Gross motor skills
Language and development
Visual perceptual skills
Social skills
Sensory processing
School readiness skills
Typing speed and accuracy

We work to a Family Centred Model of treatment so parents feel like a vital part of the team in the assessment and treatment process. Discussions with you are essential to develop priorities for treatment. Your child’s therapist will provide and support you to implement therapy strategies into the home and school environment.

The therapy programs are goal orientated and will be directed towards your child’s specific needs. Intervention may include:
• Improving your child’s fine motor skills such as learning to hold a pencil, cutting and pasting or playing with blocks and Lego
• Improving your child’s gross motor and coordination skills such as catching a ball, riding a bike, playing soccer
• Developing your child’s visual perceptual skills to assist with spelling and visually challenging activities
• Developing your child’s ability to tolerate sensory stimuli such as washing hair, cutting fingernails, eating a variety of food textures, tolerating loud or background noises
• Preparing them for school with a range of fun and engaging activities
Autism Spectrum Disorders

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDP – NOS) require early intervention to give them the opportunity to participate in life to the best of their ability.

Child First Paediatric Therapy provides an interdisciplinary team of therapists including Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, and Physiotherapists. Some children with Autism will use only one of the therapies but other children will have a combination of therapies to meet their goals.

Our therapists have expertise in treating children with Autism who have a wide variety of needs. They use a combination of intervention strategies to meet the needs of the child and their family including:
• Sensory Integration
• Child Led Interaction Approaches (DIR Floortime and Connect Therapy)
• Picture Exchange Communication Strategies (PECS)
• Social Stories
• Key Word Signing (Makaton)
• Developmental Model
• Perceptual Motor Therapy
• Behaviour Modification
• Play Based Intervention
• Social Skills Training

We work to a Family Centred Model of treatment so parents are a vital part of the team in the assessment and treatment process. Discussions with you are essential to develop priorities for treatment. Your child’s therapist will provide and support you to implement therapy strategies into the home environment.

The therapy programs are goal orientated and will be directed towards your child’s specific needs. Intervention may include:
• Assisting your child to interact and communicate at home and at pre-school or school
• Helping your child learn to play
• Improving your child’s fine motor skills such as learning to hold a pencil, cutting and pasting or playing with blocks and Lego
• Improving your child’s gross motor and coordination skills such as catching a ball, riding a bike, playing soccer
• Developing your child’s ability to tolerate sensory stimuli such as washing hair, cutting fingernails, eating a variety of food textures, tolerating loud or background noises