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Thank you for visiting our website!  This is a brief introduction to our practice.  If you would like more information, kindly e-mail us.
 
Toti-OT is a collaboration between two Paediatric OT’s who are passionate about Ayres Sensory Integration.  We believe that every child is unique and with Occupational Therapy (OT) intervention, we can assist them to unlock their full potential. We believe by guiding a child to problem solve through activities themselves, instead of telling or showing them what to do, they are able to build a better understanding of how to perform tasks more independently and with less guidance from others.  This approach allows the child to discover the world for himself by using all his sensory systems.
Occupational Therapy, or OT can help children participate in their activities of daily living (ADL’s).  Children’s daily activities include play, school-related and personal management tasks, which include dressing, eating and participating in family activities.
Common reasons for referral to Paediatric OT’s are:  poor attention span, messy handwriting, trouble following instructions, inability to sit still, lack of coordination, sensory sensitivities (e.g. tactile defensiveness and fussy eating),  and developmental delays due to medical conditions.  The evaluation procedure will vary from child to child and may consist of questionnaires, standardized tests, clinical observations and parent/teacher interviews.   The information obtained during the evaluation guides the OT in using age appropriate activities, strategies and accommodations to address the presenting problems.
 
OT can help kids who struggle with everyday fine and gross motor tasks like tying shoelaces, writing in class and maintaining a good posture while working at a desk.  Occupational Therapists who are trained in Ayres Sensory Integration can help kids who struggle with self-regulation and sensory processing difficulties.  By using a sensory integration framework the therapist can help the child make sense of sensory information they receive from their body and environment so that they can pay attention, learn, plan and better organise themselves.
If you are concerned that your child presents with difficulties in any of the above-mentioned areas, an OT assessment could assist in determine the underlying difficulties.
 
Sensory integration dysfunction is often misunderstood, because it is not as obvious as physical impairments or speech delays.  An assessment by an Occupational Therapist who is trained in Ayres Sensory Integration could shed light on the reasons why a child is easily frustrated when doing seemingly simply tasks or when interacting with other people.  Extra understanding and support is helpful when dealing with a child who has difficulty with sensory processing.
 
 As a parent it is stressful to think that your child might need therapy.   Early intervention has been found to minimize secondary complications often associated with developmental delays and or learning difficulties.  Our experience has been that children look forward to their therapy sessions, as it is a fun, play directed way to empower them to overcome their difficulties.   Through the therapeutic journey you will learn to understand your child and his differences, which will enable you to support him better.

As a parent it is stressful to think that your child might need therapy.   Early intervention has been found to minimize secondary complications often associated with developmental delays and or learning difficulties.  Our experience has been that children look forward to their therapy sessions, as it is a fun, play directed way to empower them to overcome their difficulties.   Through the therapeutic journey you will learn to understand your child and his differences, which will enable you to support him better.