What is the role of Early Intervention in Occupational Therapy?

28 Sep, 2022

Raising a child involves meeting many different milestones throughout their early years. However, when a child has a physical or developmental disability, there are other factors parents and caregivers must first consider. In such circumstances, most parents don’t know where to start, which is where the help of an Occupational Therapist comes in. In this article, we will explain what Occupational Therapy is and how early intervention in a toddler or infant’s life can help with developmental complications they may be dealing with. 

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is an Allied Health profession aimed at helping an individual acquire and maintain the relevant skills for performing routine activities. Occupational Therapy can help one gain self-care and motor skills, or other relevant skills required to perform everyday activities. 

What is Early Intervention Occupational Therapy?

Early intervention refers to therapeutic services offered during a child’s early development stages. Typically, this therapy occurs during the first three years of a child’s life. An early intervention program can be beneficial if a child is disabled, developing a disability or is developmentally delayed where the main objective is to enhance their emotional, cognitive and physical capabilities. 

An early intervention Occupational Therapist can also help support your children with conditions such as Down’s Syndrome or Autism. You should consider Occupational Therapy if your child is struggling to meet specific developmental milestones. In doing this, you can improve your child’s quality of life.  

The process of early intervention Occupational Therapy entails: 

  • Defining and setting goals
  • Observation and examination
  • Creating a personalised plan
  • Re-examination
  • Re-assessment of the new goals
  • Repeat

What customised Early Intervention Occupational Therapy entails

Depending on your child’s needs, Occupational Therapy might help with improving: 

  • Visual and sensory processing skills 
  • Posture 
  • Coordination 
  • Range of fine motor skills 

Within a few months or weeks, the therapist will assess the child’s progress. With regular examinations, the developmental disabilities are more identifiable, making it easy to develop better treatment techniques to support your child. 

Family and Early Intervention Occupational Therapy

The family plays a crucial role in early intervention because the child will need continued support within home and outside of their therapy sessions. Early intervention Occupational Therapists encourage strengthened family and child relationships throughout the process. An excellent way to strengthen the relationship is by customising the Occupational Therapy services to suit everyone in the family, including grandparents and siblings. 

Book an appointment with Gen Physio today

At Gen Physio, we understand the important role that Occupational Therapy can play in a child’s life and guide them to a fulfilled future. We provide early intervention services for infants and toddlers across Australia and are an approved community NDIS partner. Our experienced Occupational Therapists take a comprehensive approach and collaborate with other family members to ensure the intended Occupational Therapy goals are achieved efficiently. 

We visit our clients at a time that suits them within a familiar environment which may be their home, school or learning centre. Contact our friendly team today to book an appointment. 

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