Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology Interventions

We use a number of specific intervention tools and strategies to best meet the individual needs of the child and family.

At Sensory Connections we specialize in using the following therapeutic tools and have training in a range of different techniques and approaches that are tailored to the individual needs of the children and families.

Overview

Occupational Therapy interventions

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD NEEDS TO SEE AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST?

Below are some of the key factors that should influence your decision to seek the support of an Occupational Therapist.

If you child has:

  • Sensory modulation and reactivity,
  • Sensory and emotional regulation,
  • Sensory Integration - balance, coordination, and bilateral integration,
  • Motor based challenges including motor planning and sequencing,
  • Fine motor /manipulation,
  • Visual – perception,
  • Handwriting,
  • Oral motor / feeding,
  • Adaptive skills / activities of daily living,
  • Social Emotional development,
  • Play skills.

These interventions provide a balance between spontaneous learning elements and the semi-structured and structured elements within a child’s individualised program dependent on the child’s profile and needs.

Speech Language Pathology Interventions

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD NEEDS TO SEE A SPEECH PATHOLOGIST?

Below are some of the key factors that should influence your decision to seek the support of a speech language pathologist.

If you child has:

  • Difficulties with pre-verbal language skills (e.g. babbling and imitating),
  • Challenges using non-verbal communication like eye-contact and gestures,
  • Problems being understood,
  • Problems being understood,
  • Problems answering questions,
  • Poor listening skills,
  • Seem to forget what has been told to them,
  • Are getting frustrated when they cant get their message across,
  • Get stuck on words, use words incorrectly or make up words,
  • Difficulties using a sentence with correct grammar,
  • Difficulties socialising (playing and talking) with friends.

Our Speech Language Pathologists specialise in using the Developmental, Individual-difference, and Relationship based model DIR. They have undergone specialist training in this approach and use a range of speech and language specific interventions under the DIR umbrella. We tailor all our different techniques and approaches to the individual needs of the children and families.

These interventions address:

  • Developmental Pre-cursors to Language development,
  • Specific language disorders / delays across understanding and using language,
  • Auditory processing difficulties,
  • Childhood Apraxia of speech,
  • Speech sound disorders,
  • Symbolic Play development,
  • Social skills support,
  • Social emotional developmental skills,
  • Thinking and reasoning capacities,
  • Preparation for transition to school,
  • Phonological awareness challenges and literacy difficulties (reading, reading comprehension and spelling).