Occupational Therapy

What do we do?

St. Catherine’s Occupational Therapy Service focuses on helping clients achieve autonomy in tasks that are meaningful to them and their families. Occupational Therapists work with the client and their family to come up with treatments, strategies, or adaptations so that clients can be as independent as possible. Occupational Therapists work as members of a multi-disciplinary team and may see clients individually, in groups or with their family.

Occupational Therapy

What specific areas do we address?

Gross & Fine Motor Skills

We help our clients in areas such as balance, coordination, ball skills, grasping (holding) objects, and in-hand manipulation (important for managing clothes fastenings and for pencil skills etc.).

 Activities of Daily Living

Since we focus on gross and fine motor skills and sensory processing, we are well placed to help our clients improve their self-care skills such as feeding, dressing, grooming, toileting, making snacks etc.

Equipment

We may give advice about the following specialized equipment:-

  • Seating in school, respite and home;
  • Self-care Equipment;
  • Sensory Equipment;
  • Access Technology.

Play/Leisure

We are also well placed to help our clients expand their play skills from a developmental perspective. Helping clients to identify leisure occupations that they enjoy and which also help them to develop their skills is another area we specialize in.

Sensory Processing

We help our clients understand and interpret the world around them using all of their seven senses – we have body position and movement senses as well as the more familiar sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell senses! We also help clients with modulating their responses to sensory inputs they receive. This is important for helping clients tolerate self-care activities such as dressing and grooming, and for achieving the “just right”calm and alert state that promotes attention and concentration and facilitates learning.