Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech Language Pathologists are Health Professionals who work with people of all ages to improve or maintain their well being in everyday activities such as play, learning, communication, getting along with others and forming friendships movement skills, everyday tasks and leisure.
Our therapists work with children from 0 to 18 years who have a disability or developmental delay. We partner with families/carers to work out what their priorities are to assist their child to meaningfully participate in all areas of life.
Our therapists work with children who may have challenges in one or more of the following areas:
- Academic/educational skills – underlying difficulties (eg visual perception, sensory processing or visual motor skills) may hinder academic progress and can be identified and addressed in therapy.
- Fine Motor Skills – including handwriting, accessing technology, scissor skills and difficulty manipulating small objects such as buttons.
- Emotional regulation needed to be successful with everyday tasks.
- Coordination – keeping up with peers in outdoor play and sports.
- Play and social Skills – developing play and social skills required for successful interactions with peers and teachers.
- Self Care Skills – establishing age appropriate independence at home and school.
- Other Skills – important for preschool and school achievement – eg sensory processing differences, recognising and remembering colours/shapes, playing age appropriate games, accessing equipment and sensory issues affecting behaviour regulation and concentration.
- Reaching developmental milestones
SLPs work with children who may have challenges in one or more of the following areas:
- speech-language impairment or communication difficulties which may result in problems with:
- play and social skills
- interaction with other children and adults
- participation in activities at home and school
- eating, drinking and swallowing disabilities
These difficulties may be due to a variety of reasons including: developmental delay, learning difficulties, physical impairment (ie Cerebral Palsy, amputation etc), Intellectual or sensory Impairment, Autistic Spectrum Disorder or illness and may range from mild to severe.
ALLIED HEALTH ASSISTANTS (AHA’S)
We have a team of well trained Allied Health Assistants who assist the therapists in carrying out the therapy interventions. They work with close supervision by our therapy team and can carry out individual and group sessions, make resources, maintain equipment and contribute to the therapy programme planning and review process.
WORKING WITHIN TEAMS
The GBSS Inc therapy team works within educational and community teams. They work with a wide range of people to ensure that services are streamlined, effective and efficient. People they will work with include parents/caregivers, classroom teachers, teacher aides, Learning Support Teachers, Childcare staff, Advisory Visiting Teachers, Guidance Officers, other therapists and Health Professionals and administrators.
The OT, Physio and SLP are responsible for:
- Programme review
- Education of others who are supporting children and
- Identification and monitoring of needs across the region.