Anecdotes from therapy sessions Archives - Gateway Therapies

What is occupational therapy?

An interview with occupational therapist, Siddhi Rawat: WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND HOW DOES IT HELP? Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through ‘occupation’. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in preferred activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome

May 17, 2016 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments

Getting the most out of your therapist

Engaging a therapist can be a hugely overwhelming experience for families. You’ve identified a need, or have been referred by a trusted professional, but the process involved in actually engaging a therapist can be quite daunting. There are many important things to consider, such as: 1. What are the therapist’s qualifications and training specific to my child’s needs?

Jul 11, 2015 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments

What typically goes on in an occupational therapy session for a child with autism? A case study

By Occupational Therapist, Siddhi Rawat Early Intervention is Crucial With increased awareness and availability of advanced assessment tools, we are able to identify deviance from normal development at a very early age. Early detection of autism means that a child can access early intervention services that aim to improve all aspects of development. With specific

Apr 24, 2015 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments

Healthy Home Office Habits

If you work from home, chances are you have or will experience musculoskeletal pain.   Remember back in the 80’s there was an epidemic of RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)? You may at least, have heard of the term. The sudden increase in RSI cases coincided with the increased number of computers being used by office

Mar 04, 2014 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments

Social Skills Therapy Groups – How do they work?

Who are they for? Social Skills groups  target kids who have difficulty mixing with other kids. They may show aggressive behaviour, such as hitting or biting, which can often be caused by a lack of other effective means of communication. Kids who are shy or awkward in group settings can benefit, as well as kids

Jan 15, 2014 / by Nicole Grant / 2 Comments

Therapy at Home: Pasta Threading

Coloured pasta is fun to work with and great for threading practice. You will need:  Penne pasta Food dye string   I coloured the pasta by adding a few squirts of the dye to a bowl and adding a dash of water. Mix around. To dry the pasta, I used paper towel to soak up

Jun 23, 2013 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments

Handwriting Screening

We recently published a blog post about handwriting as we are often contacted by parents with concerns about this area of their child’s development. We regularly undertake handwriting assessments for kids who are in Prep and Year One. Gateway Therapies’ mobile Occupational Therapists are offering handwriting screens to Brisbane families residing in the Strathpine region for

Apr 22, 2013 / by Nicole Grant / 1 Comment

Three Little Words

As the end of the school year drew to a close, I found that my school aged clients were getting a little bit impatient, frustrated and less cooperative. I think it was a combination of fatigue, burn out, and anticipation of the holidays and Christmas. One particular client, a boy with Cerebral Palsy, flatly refused

Mar 29, 2013 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments