Occupational Therapy Services
Helping children to achieve their full potential
Welcome to Janine Painter Occupational Therapy Services
Janine Painter has been providing family focused Occupational Therapy services for more than 35 years. Janine established the practice in 1992 and continues to assist families in the Sutherland Shire (Miranda), the Lower North Shore (Mosman), and surrounding suburbs.
Janine leads a team of experienced occupational therapists who work collaboratively with families to set goals and design individual therapy programs for their children.
Our team uses a variety of therapy techniques to help children, adolescents and their families to thrive in the following ways:
Why Might My Child Need Occupational Therapy?
You may decide to investigate whether OT can help your child because:
- You are concerned about your child’s development with skills like play, learning, handwriting, co-ordination, self-care skills, behaviour or concentration.
- You are concerned about your child’s readiness for school.
- Your child’s teacher or early learning educator has noticed your child’s skills are not keeping up with their peers.
- Your child’s speech pathologist, physiotherapist or doctor has recommended occupational therapy for your child.
The first step is a comprehensive assessment of your child’s current skills and development. This will then guide you and your therapist as to how occupational therapy can help your child.
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What is Occupational Therapy for Children?
As children grow, they develop important learning, hand function and mobility skills at different ages and at their own pace. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, these skills can be harder for some children to achieve. This can limit a child’s ability to develop his or her full potential.
Occupational therapy can be of benefit to children who are finding it difficult to acquire skills at the same rate as their peers, as well as children who have specific learning or developmental problems.
Some of the skills that an occupational therapist works to develop include:
- early infant play skills like reaching for and playing with toys
- hand skills such as drawing, writing, using scissors, holding a pencil correctly or establishing a definite hand preference
- co-ordination skills like hopping, skipping and ball skills
- readiness for school
- increasing independence with daily routines like dressing, toileting, mealtime and household routines and chores
- learning skills including memory, puzzle completion, missing words or reversals when reading or writing
- improve tolerance to sensations like sound and touch
- attention, concentration, behaviour or emotional regulation
- play and social skills
The occupational therapist works with you and your child to help them achieve their personal best.
As the occupational therapist helps the child to develop their skills, their confidence and self-esteem also grows.