Wheatbelt Occupational Therapy support children from infancy through to early adolescence. We do this by working directly with parents and caregivers of young babies and toddlers, offer one-on-one therapy for children aged from 2.5 into their teen years and provide support to families, schools and any other organisation working with or caring for children of any age. 

We can help with a range of challenges including, but not limited to:

Personal Challenges

  • Making and keeping friends

  • Bullying 

  • Difficulty regulating emotions e.g. excessive anger, fear, sadness, worry and/or shyness

  • Violent or harmful behaviours 

  • Difficulties with hyperactivity and attention  

  • Antisocial behaviour and acting out 

  • School difficulties

  • Sensory issues   

  • Separation anxiety

  • Difficulty relating to or connecting with parent, caregiver or significant other. 

  • Sleeping issues 

  • Eating issues 

  • Low self-esteem  

  • Physical symptoms such as headaches or stomach pains  without any known medical cause 

  • Difficulty with or selective verbal communication in social settings

  • Phobias

Life Events 

  • ​Significant family changes e.g. family breakdown, arrival of a new sibling etc.

  • Emotional stress or hardship e.g. poor seasonal conditions, financial hardship, impacts of seasonal pressures on caregivers time such as during harvest and seeding, FIFO, long haul trucking or any other employment requiring extended periods of time away from family etc.

  • Natural disasters     

  • Difficulties associated with geographical isolation

  • Fostering, adoption and identity issues

  • Trauma, abuse and neglect

  • Prenatal and birth trauma

  • Grief and loss

  • Chronic illness, injury or condition

  • Terminal illness

  • Hospitalisation/surgery

Developmental Disorders

For children who have a formal or informal developmental disability diagnosis, for instance Autism or ADHD, Wheatbelt Occupational Therapy can offer support by addressing the social-emotional, behavioural and sensory issues which may occur in conjunction with these disorders and exacerbate a child's behavioural challenges as well as affecting their overall mental well-being. 

 Some of the difficulties listed above may be a normal part of a child’s developmental journey and effectively managed without additional support from health services like ours. However, we understand certain situations, behavioural difficulties and life events can greatly affect a child's well-being and leave caregivers feeling lost for ways to help. Our goal is to provide another local professional and trustworthy option for country families, schools and health services caring for a child who they feel would benefit from some additional support.

Who can refer to or seek support from Wheatbelt Occupational Therapy?

We know children's support networks come in all shapes and sizes which is why we celebrate hearing from anyone concerned enough about a child's well-being to seek additional support be it for their own child, an extended family member, client or patient, student or friend.

In order for a child to commence therapy consent from their parents(s) or legal guardian(s) is required. For people who are not the legal guardian of a child they are concerned about but are wanting to explore the presenting issues and ways to best support that child, we offer a 60 minute initial consultation either face-to-face or over the phone and then additional 30 or 60 minute sessions as required thereafter. 

So whether you are a:

  • Parent 

  • Carer

  • Stepparent 

  • Grandparent 

  • Aunt or Uncle 

  • Teacher

  • Education Assistant 

  • Allied Health Professional 

  • General Practitioner

  • Medical Specialist 

  • Support Worker 

  • Day Care Worker 

  • Nanny

  • Babysitter or,

  • just a concerned friend; 

If you are are looking to refer a child for therapy, want to schedule a private consultation over the phone or face-to-face or partake in a group workshop we welcome hearing from you.

If you think Wheatbelt Occupational Therapy may be able to help your child, or a child you are concerned about, you can send a referral, contact us directly or schedule a meeting using our online booking system.

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