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Occupational therapy

Oh, boy. I’ve crossed paths with many occupational therapists in my time. OTs are a special breed of people with a love and passion for life skills that can make practising even the most boring task, like tying your shoes, bearable or even fun! Come to think of it, there’s not much that OTs can’t do. We’re talking about emotional regulation, community participation, workplace accommodations, and assistive technology.

Let’s get to the specifics and chat about how OT’s can help you smash through those NDIS goals:

1. Emotional Regulation: Life has its ups and downs, and OTs work wonders in helping individuals manage their emotions. Through activities, coping strategies, and personalised techniques, they help folks navigate their feelings and respond to situations more effectively.

2. Community Participation: Want to join a club, group, or community event but feeling a tad overwhelmed? OTs can guide you through the process, ensuring you have the skills and confidence to engage and enjoy.

3. Workplace Accommodations: Whether it's a supportive chair, tailored work hours, or a specific setup, OTs are ace at assessing what accommodations might be needed in a workplace. They work closely with employers to ensure everyone can do their job to the best of their ability.

4. Assistive Technology: From nifty gadgets to make daily tasks easier to software that aids communication, OTs know their tech. They can recommend, source, and teach how to use these tools effectively.

5. Fine Motor Skills: Tasks like holding a pencil, buttoning up a shirt, or using cutlery can be challenging for some. With patience and tailored activities, OTs help hone these skills.

6. Life Skills Training: Need to master the art of cooking, cleaning, or budgeting? OTs have got your back. They offer practical sessions to help individuals become more independent in their daily lives.

7. Sensory Integration: For those who might find the world a bit too loud, bright, or overwhelming, OTs offer strategies and solutions to manage and engage with their environment in a way that feels right.

8. Goal Setting: Got a dream? An ambition? OTs are fantastic listeners and motivators, helping individuals set and achieve their goals, no matter how big or small.

The beauty of occupational therapy is in its flexibility. It's about tailoring the approach to the individual, ensuring they get the most out of every session. It's not just about the now, but about building skills for the future. And under the NDIS, OT services can be a game-changer for many participants and their families.

While I've put my heart into aligning these tips with your NDIS path, the road can have its twists. Remember, these are just suggestions. Dive in, explore, and find what truly works for you. Sending you all my best vibes!

You're the best judge of whether this service fits your child's goals or not.