Occupational Therapy for Children


Developing skills and independence

Occupational Therapists work with children to help them to become more independent and skilled in daily activities.

  • Self care e.g.  dressing, shoelaces, using a knife/fork, toileting
  • Play e.g. balance, balls skills, taking turns, playing with others
  • Behaviour and sensory issues e.g. cannot sit still, always moving, touching everything, upset by touch/sudden movement/noise, gets overexcited
  • In childcare,  kindergarten or school e.g. handwriting, scissor cutting, drawing, concentrating, organising themselves, shapes/puzzles/construction
  • School readiness e.g. pre writing skills, following instructions, concentration

Occupational therapy (OT) treatment focuses on helping people with a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. OT can help children with various needs  improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

A child’s main ‘occupation’ is playing and learning, and occupational therapists can evaluate and treat skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities as appropriate for that age group.

OTs also address psychological, social, and environmental factors that can affect functioning in different ways.


  • Assessment
  • Individual therapy
  • Consultation with other service providers, including schools, kindergartens, maternal & child health
  • Family Education – for more information please click here
  • Group Programs – for more information please click here

Click here to download a brochure on Children’s Occupational Therapy at Manningham Community Health Services.


Anyone can refer to this service. Referrals can be made via phone, fax, or electronic referral (email/S2S/Eref).

A GP referral may be required to access some funding streams (eg Medicare Benefits Schedule).


Funding options for this service include:

  • Community Health (public)
  • GP Care Plan – Chronic Disease Management
  • GP Care Plan – Mental Health
  • Helping Children with Autism – Medicare items
  • Helping Children with Autism – packages (under 8 yo)
  • Full cost covered by the family

Please click here for more details on fees and funding.

Note: Interpreters can be arranged free of charge.