Occupational Therapy Service

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy addresses the three main areas of a child/young person’s life:

  • Self-help skills
  • Participation in education
  • Involvement in leisure activities

These three areas incorporate aspects such as gross and fine motor skills, motor performance, sensory processing, visual perception, functional seating, eating and drinking, access to the physical environment and self-esteem.

Occupational therapists work closely with teachers, parents, professionals and the child/young person to assess individual needs and abilities, and to set SMART goals (ie. specific, measureable, achievable, realistic and timely).


About the ESF Occupational Therapy Service

The ESF Occupational Therapy service provides comprehensive assessments to identify strengths and needs of the child/young person.  The service always provides child/young person centred practice. The outcome of assessment and consultation is used to offer advice regarding home/classroom based intervention, individual and/or group therapy.  Professional support and training is also available through the service.


Areas of support from ESF Occupational Therapy


Service Delivery Pathway

The Occupational Therapy service delivery pathway describes the anticipated course of intervention for a child/young person referred to our service.  The exact package will vary depending on the nature of the difficulty of Occupational Therapy in ESF in how and where referrals are received:

  1. Once the child/young person is accepted, the therapist will commence data collection through consultation with parents, child/young person, teachers and review of previous reports.
  2. The therapist may also contact other agencies who has and/or will work with the child/young person to generate a unique profile of the child/young person.
  3. The therapist will then conduct a combination of standardised and non-standardised assessments to verify data collected to analyse behaviours and guide intervention. 
  4. The pathway also describes a variety of Occupational Therapist interventions and reviews.


Our Service


Screening and Consultation


This is recommended for child/young person resuming therapy. This will include review of reports, consultation with parents, child/young person and teachers regarding their area of concern.  Data collection and screening for the child/young person. The therapist will make suggestions regarding any further intervention required for the child/young person; this may be an additional assessment or group intervention.

Occupational Therapy Assessment


This is recommended for new service consumers. This includes initial interview, consultation with parents and teachers, child/young person objective standardised and non-standardised assessments and a written report. The therapist will work with parents, child/young person and teachers to facilitate goal setting and each party's role working towards the objectives. Assessments conducted will be pending on the child/young person’s need.

1:1 Specialist Intervention


As a result of assessment, the Occupational Therapist may recommend either 1:1 or group intervention depending on performance level and area of needs of the individual child/young person. The 1:1 specialist intervention provides sessions to improve fine gross/fine motor skills, visual perceptual function and, enhance sensory processing of individuals in school. Home programs will be offered if necessary.  A review will be conducted after the intervention cycle.

A 8 session cycle of Group


This group package* will cater for a minimum of four children and a maximum of six. 

This programme is conducted by the Occupational Therapist. The group package available is Motor coordination.

Motor coordination group aims to develop postural control, gross motor skills including core stability, balance, general strength and endurance. Alongside fine motor skills including mature hand grasp patterns, pencil gripl and scissor skills.  Followed by a report and recommendations.

*A group session will normally be recommended following a screening or assessment by the Occupational Therapist.

Bespoke Packages


The Occupational Therapist offers bespoke specialist intervention to child/young person. Individual quotation can be provided base on the specific service requested.

Bespoke Occupational Therapy Training Packages


The Occupational Therapist offers regular training to parents, teachers and educational assistants.  Training may include understanding of children/young people with additional educational needs, providing tips and strategies that can be applied within the home and classroom. Individual quotation can be provided base on the specific service requested.

Consultation and/or Additional Meeting Attendance


This is recommended for parents who require a consultation service only. The therapist will provide consultation and professional advice with issues raised in discussion such as at home and school; difficulties with motor coordination, academic performance, self-care training and sensory processing issues.

Additional charges may apply if meetings take place in locations other than the ESF Therapy Centre.


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