Jody Ha - Therapies for Kids Physiotherapist

Jody Ha- Physiotherapist

By Marketing | May 20, 2022

Allira Evans – Physiotherapist

By Marketing | March 7, 2022

Allira graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Whilst at uni, Allira completed a placement at Therapies for Kids in Narrandera and enjoyed it so much that she continued to volunteer and came back after she graduated to continue working with the team. Her gentle, personable nature and strong advocacy for…

Gopi Patel – Physiotherapist

By Marketing | February 1, 2021

Gopi is a part of the physiotherapy team in the Sydney clinic. Whilst studying for her physiotherapy degree, she was working as a tutor for primary and high school kids. This sparked Gopi’s love for working with children. At Therapies for Kids, Gopi brings her bubbly and enthusiastic nature to work with kids in their…

Hussain Abou Hashem – Physiotherapist

By Marketing | January 8, 2021

Hussain, or Huss as he is fondly referred to, is a part of our Physiotherapy team and is a ball of energy in the gym with a passion for working with children and supporting their families. He graduated with a Masters in traditional Chinese Medicine and later obtained his Masters in Physiotherapy from Macquarie University.…

Melanie Mintz – Physiotherapist

By Marketing | January 7, 2021

Melanie joined Therapies for Kids with paediatric experience and a passion for working with kids and their families.  Her philosophy for physiotherapy is to have an enjoyable session where the skills and activities can be utilized in the community and at home.  Melanie moved to Sydney from the United States where she graduated with a…

Christina Bomba – Physiotherapist

By Marketing | January 4, 2021

Since graduating from the University of Sydney with a Master of Physiotherapy, Chrissi has worked in a number of clinical settings, including major hospitals and clinics in both Sydney and London. With extensive experience in acute, rehabilitation and musculoskeletal settings, Chrissi discovered her passion for Paediatric Physiotherapy after completing a volunteer placement at a disabled…

James Bassil – Physiotherapist

By Marketing | January 3, 2021

James’ enthusiasm emanates from his belief that all children deserve equal opportunities to reach their highest potential.  Since graduating from the Australian Catholic University, James has gained experience at Prince of Wales hospital in a variety of wards, refining his musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory clinical skills. James actively engages himself in the local community, working…

Stephanie Valia – Physiotherapist – Team Leader

By Marketing | January 2, 2021

Bringing a vibrant presence to the gym, Stephanie is a fun and dynamic member of the TFK team. Steph showcases her creativity and innovation in developing enjoyable and entertaining exercises for all children, big and small. Steph exhibits excellent clinical skills that help children reach their full potential.  Completing her Masters in physiotherapy at Macquarie…

Natasha Furmie – Physiotherapist – Team Leader

By Marketing | January 2, 2021

Natasha completed a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney and due to her interest in the pursuit of excellence in paediatrics she went on to complete a Master of Paediatric Physiotherapy at Monash University.  With a philosophy that early intervention provides a greater opportunity to make a difference,…

Emma Warby – Senior Physiotherapist

By Marketing | January 1, 2021

Emma’s passion for paediatric physiotherapy started well before she even knew what it was. As a child she loved playing with dolls and her favourite game was to draw injuries on them and then ‘treat’ them using bandages, slings, and whatever else she could find in the first aid box! This interest led Emma to…

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Occupational Therapy for Children in Sydney

A child’s occupation is to play and learn. Some children can have difficulties with play and learning, possibly because of conditions they have been born with, perhaps an injury or simply differences in their learning style and needs. If a child’s play and ability to learn is affected then their independence, health and how they feel about themselves will be impacted. An Occupational Therapist for children can help them to live more independently and improve their capacity to play and learn.

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Therapies for Kids offers effective occupational therapy services for children in Sydney. We can help evaluate a child’s skills for activities, school performance, and everyday living tasks. As well as handling a child’s physical performance, an occupational therapist can address social, psychological, and environmental factors involved with the child.

Occupational Therapists can work with children of all ages and their families, to help enhance skills necessary for their everyday life including playing, getting dressed and handwriting. Occupational therapy may also include making changes to the child’s environment such as their school or home to help the child be more independent.

In paediatric occupational therapy, we aim to allow our babies, children and adolescents develop their independence in everyday tasks such as:

  • Fine motor skills: Coordinating the small muscles such as the hand (usually in co-ordination with the eyes), to enable your child to hold, explore and manipulate toys and tools such as a pencil or spoon. Fine motor skills are used in activities such as handwriting, dressing, feeding and using scissors.
  • Gross motor skills: Involve the large muscles of the body that are important for major body movement such as sitting, walking, jumping, and throwing a ball.
  • Tool use: Involves utilising objects within the hand such as cutlery or pencils for play, self-care and handwriting skills.
  • Handwriting: A child must have sufficient manual dexterity, fine motor coordination and visual motor skills for handwriting. Areas such as letter formation, reversals, speed, legibility, pencil grip, reducing pain and/or fatigue may be addressed.
  • Table top and School Readiness: These activities are generally the expected requirements when starting kindergarten. For example: drawing, cutting, on-task classroom behaviour, task completion, following instructions and craft skills.
  • Self-care skills: Involve skills such as using a knife and fork, tying shoelaces, fastening buttons and dressing and toileting.
  • Play skills: Are those that are used in everyday play, such as threading and using puzzles as well as the imaginative, social and communication requirements.
  • Visual perception:  Involves understanding what is being seen. Visual perception is highly important in completing many activities, such as reading a story, completing a puzzle, identifying letters and numbers, copying and writing.
  • Sensory processing: Involves the way the body processes and reacts to the information it receives from the surrounding environment. Children may demonstrate over or under sensitivity to certain sensations such as loud noises or certain items of clothing; sensation seeking behaviour, such as chewing on things or enjoying being spun repetitively; and difficulty maintaining a calm state.

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Our team of occupational therapists have the skills and training to provide the best assessment and therapy to your baby, child or adolescent to help them gain the necessary skills for participation and independence in the activities of their daily lives such as playing, learning and self-care.

Our OT’s all have prior paediatric experience before joining our team, they participate in regular internal and external professional development and the best thing is, they love their jobs and love working with families and children.

Therapy services are available six days per week.

Download our “Does your pre-school age child need OT?” or “Does your school age child need OT? checklists if you think that your child may be having difficulties in any of the areas above.

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