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  1. Occupational Therapy The role within Child Community Health

  2. Child Health Services Provide a free Health service to : Families and children within the community aged 0-8 years • Enhancing parenting skills • Encouraging healthy family relationships Staff consist of: • Child health nurse • Early intervention specialists • Occupational therapist • Speech pathologists • Physiotherapists and Dietitians (MEND)

  3. Caloundra Child Health Team • 5x Child Health Nurses – outreach programs (3.5 FTE) • 1x Speech Pathologist (0.4FTE) • 1x Early Intervention Parenting Specialist(1 FTE) • Other district Services – Pondering Poo’s and MEND Children are seen by referral from parents, family members, GP, or other specialists

  4. 1. Child Health Nurses • Preparation for Parenthood information sessions • Neonatal screening (Heel Prick) • Feeding issues (Breast feeding) • Baby’s first visit • Hearing screens • Parent information groups for young babies • Information groups for parents of babies, 6 months and 12-15 months on development, nutrition and behaviour • Parenting programs • Father’s groups

  5. 2. Early Intervention Parenting Specialist The Social Worker looks at: • A child’s attachment and bonding to the parents • behaviour management • parenting skills • Provides counselling to the parent and child • Offers circle of security through individual sessions with parent

  6. 3. Speech Pathologist Speech Pathologist looks at your child’s: - communication skills - language acquisition, - expressive language - feeding issues - Offering individual assessments and group sessions

  7. District Services Occupational Therapist (0.2) offering: • assessment and management of constipation for children over 2yr • nocturnal enuresis or night time bed wetting >7 yrs Information groups about toileting for parents Dietician and Physiotherapist MEND Program: • Child weight management program for 7-13yr olds • Looking at mind, nutrition and exercise

  8. Nambour Hospitals Allied Health Team Education Queensland’s therapists Montrose Access Sunshine Coast Children’s Therapy Centre DSQ – Family and Early Childhood services Cerebral Palsy League AEIOU Autism Queensland Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association Private OT Services Northlakes Child Health Team Other Child Health services on the Sunshine Coast

  9. What is Occupational Therapy “……the therapeutic use of everyday life activities (occupation) with individuals or groups for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community and other settings”. (American Occupational Therapy Association)

  10. The Occupational Therapy Perspective Occupational Performance (Law et al)

  11. How an OT could work along side the Child Health Nurses? • Educational group demonstrating activities to develop age appropriate milestones • Educational group with mother’s and babies about the importance of establishing a routine and forming a bond with baby • Education on effective breast feeding routines • Hearing Impairment referrals – providing strategies for communication

  12. How an OT could work along side a Speech Pathologist? • Educational group demonstrating ways to develop fine motor and gross motor skills • Educational group encouraging play based activities to develop communication • SOS Feeding program

  13. How an OT could work along side The Early Intervention Parenting Specialist? • Provide education about forming a secure attachment based on the circle of security • Provide an OT perspective on Behaviour Management E.g. Sensory processing therapy

  14. Other ways an OT could contribute within the Child Health Team • Taking on Adult referrals for school aged Children not covered by other services • Providing assistance with the Pondering Poo’s program • Fine Motor and Gross Motor assessments • Assess play based skills • Assess sensory processing skills • Assess cognitive functioning

  15. Occupational Therapy OT