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An Occupational Therapist sounds like someone who helps with your job...?

Well this is quite true… Children have very important jobs! Their roles involve playing, making friends, developing independence skills, going to school, and learning hobbies/ leisure skills. Most importantly, they need to develop a strong sense of their own identity and learning style, to lay the groundwork for all future development.

 

 

Occupational Therapy helps children who might be learning skills in a different way to to their peers. We work closely with parents and teachers to ensure therapy strategies are carried out in all settings, optimizing the chances of success for the child.

As O.T’s are concerned with every day living skills, we work with children of all ages and abilities. This includes Neurotypical and Neurodivergent children with:

  • Autism 

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (including Dyspraxia)

  • CerebralPalsy

  • Acquired Brain Injuries

  • Generalised anxiety 

  • Downs syndrome and developmental disabilities

  • Global developmental delay

  • Intellectual Disabilities

At Leapfrog Therapy, we believe in celebrating the incredible diversity in how our brains function! We recognise that every brain has the ability to contribute uniquely, and as therapists our job is to help kids/families/teachers create optimal environments in their homes and schools for them to thrive!   We achieve this by helping kids to build self-awareness and embrace their Neurodivergent identity. At Leapfrog we try to understand and validate the many different ways that we think and feel, and help kids foster their strengths and passions to build skills and develop unique identities. By teaching kids about their bodies/ senses and unique thinking patterns, we can help them adapt to their environments so that they feel regulated and ready to learn. We can also factilitate adaptations that school can make to ensure each child has an equal chance to succeed.

What do O.T's help with?

Classroom Skills
  • Fine motor skills (including     pre-writing, handwriting, scissor skills, manipulative skills)

  • Executive Functions (including planning and organising)

  • Attention/ Concentration (staying on task)

  • Participating in routines

  • Problem solving skills

  • Sensory Processing 

Self Care Skills
  • Independence with routines at home including dressing, feeding, toileting and hygiene.

Recreation
  • Gross motor skills including accessing the playground

  • Participation in sports/ team sports

  •  Specific skills involving eye-hand coordination and balance​

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Play and Social Skills
  • Emotional regulation

  • Connecting and making friends  

  • Perspective taking 

Self regulation skills

  • Learning  how to power up and power down your body to meet the regulation needs of the task

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