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The biggest worry for any parent is the question of whether their child needs occupational assistance.  The simple checklists for pre-school, and school aged children will help to identify children who may need assistance.

If the child/student is experiencing 2 or more problems on this checklist, contact us to discuss the child/student’s needs.

Pre-school children

MY CHILD:

  • Frequently says “I can’t” or “I won’t”.
  • Tires easily.
  • Falls frequently or bumps into furniture/people.
  • Avoids painting, pasting or playdough activities.
  • Avoids sand and/or water play.
  • Has trouble with or avoids drawing, colouring, cutting, or doing puzzles.
  • Breaks toys or crayons easily.
  • Is overly active or unable to slow down.
  • Avoids jumping, swinging or having feet off the ground.
  • Appears clumsy or awkward when running, skipping, hopping, etc.
  • Over-reacts to touch, taste, sounds or odours.
  • Avoids playground activities (e.g. Slides and climbing frames).
  • Has trouble making friends the same age.
  • Has trouble socialising with peer group.
  • Starts many tasks but finishes few.

School aged children

MY CHILD:

  • Needs more practice than other children to learn new skills.
  • Reverses letters (after year 2).
  • Has messy writing.
  • Writes very slowly in comparison with peers.
  • Dislikes handwriting.
  • Is unable to dress self without help.
  • Has poor organisational skills.
  • Slumps at desk or tires easily.
  • Has trouble paying attention.
  • Has trouble following instructions.
  • Is overly active or unable to slow down.
  • Avoids jumping, swinging or having feet off the ground.
  • Appears clumsy or awkward when running, skipping, hopping, etc.
  • Over-reacts to touch, taste, sounds or odours.
  • Avoids sporting activities.
  • Has trouble making friends the same age.
  • Has trouble socialising with peers.

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We often see preschool children with parents that have questions about whether or not their child is ‘ready for school’.  At Kid-Eze Therapy Services our occupational therapists are able to assist preschoolers in a number of areas to help them to become ready for starting school.  We can also see children individually for short, intensive blocks of therapy to better prepare them for school.

Some skills that are useful for starting school

  • Organising self and belongings (e.g. bag, pencils).
  • Sitting at a table.
  • Asking for help.
  • Moving smoothly between tasks.
  • Maintaining attention.
  • Following directions (including initiating, problem solving and completing a task).
  • Toileting (including managing clothing and washing/drying hands).
  • Cutting with scissors.
  • Playground skills: throwing and catching, jumping, climbing.
  • Playing with peers and participating in group activities.
  • Managing clothing (e.g. buttons, zips, shoes, socks, jumper).
  • Recognising and perhaps writing first name.
  • Labelling common colours, shapes, and numbers.
  • Eating (e.g. scooping with a spoon, managing lunchbox / plastic wrap / packets / drink bottle).

Some tips to help your child become ‘school ready’

  • Develop routines in ‘tidying up’: label belongings and teach the child that everything has a place.
  • Allow your child to sit in ‘good sized furniture’; if the child’s feet don’t reach the floor, support them on a box.
  • Rather than giving the answer, try prompting questions to help your child to problem solve e.g. “What is happening?” “What else could you try?”
  • Make cutting easier by cutting straws, cardboard, playdough and thicker textures of paper.
  • Playing with tongs, tweezers and spray bottles will develop a similar action required for scissors.
  • Practice throwing and catching with balloons or scarves.
  • Become familiar with playgrounds, the different pieces of equipment and the different ways to play on these (can you visit the school playground after school or on the weekends?)
  • Have fun dressing teddies/dolls or playing ‘dress ups’.  Oversized clothes can be easier.  Include large buttons and a toggle on zippers if needed.
  • Use short crayons and chalk, and wide pencils and paint brushes to encourage a functional grip.
  • Try stencils, mazes, rubbings, and tracing activities to work on pencil skills.  Also try and be creative with drawing and writing mediums e.g. stick in sand, finger in shaving foam, water on a brick wall.
  • Explore ‘print in the community’ (e.g. logos, street signs, labels).
  • Keep a ‘Memory Book’ of trips/experiences that include photos, drawings, tickets, ‘writing’/scribed explanations.
  • Have paper names that the child can glue onto their work.
  • When spending time with books, reinforce print is read left to right and top to bottom by using your finger to follow the words as you read.
  • Keep toys in zip lock bags and jars to allow natural practice of finger skills.

From 1 July 2008, as part of the Australian Government’s $190 million Helping children with autism package, new Medicare items will be available for eligible allied health professionals (general psychologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists) to provide assessment and treatment services to children with autism or any other pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).

The new items are in addition to existing Medicare items. Eligible children are able to access the new Autism Medicare items in addition to the Enhanced Primary Care and Better Access to Mental Health items.

Assessment items

Medicare items are available for eligible occupational therapists to collaborate with referring consultant psychiatrists and consultant paediatricians in the diagnosis of, and/or the preparation of an ASD treatment and management plan for children aged under 13 years. Eligible children will be able to receive up to four (4) of these services, in total, with the referring practitioner having responsibility for how these services are allocated to allied health professionals.

Treatment items

Medicare items are available for eligible occupational therapists to provide ASD treatment services to children aged under 15 years (where the child has received an ASD treatment and management plan from a consultant psychiatrist or consultant paediatrician prior to their thirteenth birthday).

Eligible children will be able to receive up to twenty (20) of these services, in total, with the referring practitioner again having responsibility for how these services are allocated to participating allied health professionals.

Reporting Requirements

On completion of a course of treatment (up to 10 treatment services) a written report must be provided to the referring consultant psychiatrist or paediatrician by the occupational therapist.

The report does not need to be detailed, but should include information on:

  • The treatment provided
  • Recommendations on future management of the child’s disorder
  • Any advice provided to third parties (e.g., parents, schools).

A written report must also be provided to the referring psychiatrist or paediatrician at the completion of any subsequent course(s) of treatment to the child.

Medicare Safety Net

Families will be able to put their out of pocket costs for these items, the amount between the Medicare rebate and the amount charged by the occupational therapist, towards the Medicare Safety net. More information on the Medicare Safety Net is available on the Medicare Australia website - http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/public/services/msn/index.jsp

Further information

Further information on these new Medicare items can be found on the Department of Health and Ageing website at ─ http://www.health.gov.au/autism
Alternatively phone Medicare Australia on 132 150 OR phone the “Helping Children with Autism” Helpline – 1800 289 177.

 

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We provide assessments and reports (if appropriate) for funding applications that are needed by both Government and Independent schools and preschools.

Comments from some of our clients…


  • “The therapy was quite amazing, it was more than we hoped for.”
  • “Thank-you Christine, the time you spent talking to us eased our mind and [our child] is now joining in more at school.”
  • ”[Our child] enjoyed the one on one session with Christine, she had fun most of the time.”
  • “We have kept going with all the execises recommended, [our child] is also wanting to play outdoors more (e.g. skipping and swinging).”
  • “Watching Christine help [our child] gave us the tools for us to help at home.”
  • “We will continue to use the strategies provided.”

An example of how we have helped

The following is a before and after example of how our assessment and treatment works.

Before treatment
Handwriting example before treatment

After treatment
Handwriting example after treatment

Preparing your Pre-schooler for school

We often see preschool children with parents that have questions about whether or not their child is ‘ready for school’.  Whilst this question entirely depends on the child, there are a range of skills and tips that are useful in determining and preparing the child for starting school. 

Medicare Rebates

Some clients are now able to claim medicare rebates for up to five allied health consultations per calendar year (this includes occupational therapy sessions).  These clients must have an Enhanced Primary Care plan developed by their GP to state that they are eligible and being managed. 

The GP must use an allied health referral form to refer the client, & the allied health professional must be registered with Medicare. Please note all of our therapists at Kid-Eze Therapy Services are registered medicare providers. More information on this initiative is available from Medicare on phone 132 150 or visit http://www.hic.gov.au .  Alternatively, you are more than welcome to contact us for further information, as there is some eligibility criteria that your child must meet.

Medicare Items for Autism

From 1 July 2008, as part of the Australian Government’s $190 million Helping children with autism package, new Medicare items will be available for eligible allied health professionals (general psychologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists) to provide assessment and treatment services to children with autism or any other pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).

The new items are in addition to the above existing Medicare items. Eligible children are able to access the new Autism Medicare items in addition to the Enhanced Primary Care and Better Access to Mental Health items. 

There are a range of Assessment and Treatment options available under these Medicare Items.

Our clinic is situated in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, in Olinda, and was purpose-built to meet our specific needs.

We have a diverse range of suspended swings, gross motor equipment, toys and games, assessments, and a diverse range of technology solutions as well.

Scooter ramp

Scooter ramp

Flying fox

Flying fox

Fun swings

Type swing Hammock

Target throwing skills board

Target throwing skills

Christine Siddle

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Our Occupational Therapist, Christine, has over 20 years of experience in working with children of all ages with a diverse range of diagnoses and in a variety of settings. She is also a registered ‘Medicare’ and FaHSCIA provider. Christine is the owner of the business and has over 20 years experience working with children of all ages and a diverse range of diagnoses. She has worked in Australia & the UK in a variety of settings (including early intervention programs), and has done sensory integration training both in the UK and USA. She is now THRASS trained and has an extensive knowledge about the use of the iPad and relevant applications for her clientele, and is especially keen on keeping up to date with the latest technology and treatment innovations for her clients. Her interests include scrap booking, writing and spending time with her family, which includes her husband Moss, and her 2 children, Oliver (8) and Sophia (6).

Christine Siddle

Jacquie Jackman

Jacquie is our administrative assistant.  She carries out the daily duties required for the smooth operation of our service and also assists with our group sessions, which she really enjoys.  She has a background in working with children, having worked previously as an Integration Aide. Jacquie loves going to the beach if time permits, however much of her spare time at the moment is spent assisting her husband with renovations to their home.
Jacquie Jackman

Accredited Occupational Therapists

The ‘Accredited OT program’ is driven by The Australian Association of Occupational Therapists; the professional association that occupational therapists in Australia subscribe to. Members of the Accredited OT program are required to actively undertake ‘Continuing Professional Development’ to keep their skills and knowledge up to date, in order to deliver an excellent standard of practice.  This means regularly partaking in activities such as special interest groups, research, private study, courses, conferences, workshops, and supervision. Kid Eze-Therapy Services employs accredited Occupational therapists with the aim to provide a professional, ethical and quality service.  Accredited Occupational therapists are identifiable by the letters ‘Accredited OT’, the Accredited OT logo and the certificate on the wall! If you would like further information regarding this, please ask us or visit the website: http://www.ausot.com.au

If you would like further information about any of our services, then don’t hesitate to contact us using the online form below.

We offer treatments for both individuals and groups.  We provide various service levels to match different financial situations and needs. Services can be provided at either your child’s home, kinder / school, or in our relaxed and friendly therapy rooms.

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Who we offer assessments for…

Assessment and intervention approaches are constantly changing or being updated, as is the evidence surrounding them. Some assessments are no longer valid or meet the needs of our clientele. Hence, we have fine-tuned our existing assessments and have purchased some new assessments in order to continue to provide the best possible service.

One of the major changes is that we no longer refer to our assessments as ‘screening’ assessments. Rather, they are ‘skills-based’ assessments because they do offer a comprehensive assessment of a specific skill area. We have also adjusted the prices and time taken to do the assessment to reflect the inclusion of standardised testing and more ’user-friendly’ report formats.

Christine Siddle with her two childrenKid-Eze Therapy Services provides occupational therapy to help children do more things at a level expected for their age, so they can be more and fulfil their potential.

What does an Occupational Therapist do?

Paediatric Occupational Therapists aim to help children become more confident & successful with skills they need to perform at home, school or in play.  When looking at a child’s performance of an activity, we take into account the child’s motor, sensory, thinking & social abilities. 

Once the nature of the difficulties are understood appropriate intervention programs are developed that will improve performance of these required skills. This may mean that therapy is provided at the clinic, school/kinder or at home.  Individual sessions or group programs may be used depending on what is most appropriate for the child.

Our therapists help to develops skills and provide strategies that relate directly to the area in which the child is having difficulty.  Activities for the children are meant to be fun and meaningful, allowing the child to develop interest and confidence in their own learning.

An evidence based approach to assessment and treatment is used to ensure that positive changes are occurring and ongoing communication with parents and teachers is always encouraged.

Client-centred approach

Our goal is to provide a client-centred and occupation-focused approach. This means that we focus first on what our clients want, need, and/or are expected to perform in order to fulfil their occupational roles competently and with satisfaction. We don’t like to jump in too quickly to interpret the cause of the child’s problems. Rather, establishing a good rapport with the child and family and determining what tasks are meaningful and purposeful to them, are essential starting points. 

Assessment of meaningful tasks

Fine motor skills with chalkboardOnce we have identified what is important for those involved, we will arrange to observe the child doing those actual tasks (assessment). For instance, if the child is having trouble catching and throwing balls, we will observe him/her doing just that. We then define those actions that the child performed well and those that proved difficult. For example, is the child having problems catching and throwing balls because they have problems tracking the ball? Is it because they have trouble recalling how to get into a good catching position, or do they have trouble anticipating how and where to move when the distance changes? This information is then conveyed into a meaningful report for the family, school and other professionals involved with the child.

Evidence-based Intervention Programs

Our intervention programs are guided by existing and current evidence as much as possible. Hence the term “Evidence Based Practice”! We develop skills and strategies that relate directly to the occupation in which the child is having difficulty, and the occupations that the child has identified as needing improvement. Consultation, education, provision of adaptive equipment or assistive technology, teaching alternative or compensatory techniques, or modifying the task or the physical or social environment may also be required. Activities are meant to be fun and meaningful, allowing the child to develop interest and confidence in his/her own learning.

The emphasis of Kid-Eze Therapy Services is on providing paediatric occupational therapy services. If you are concerned that your child / student is having trouble doing things that other children routinely do at school, kinder or home, then this site will be of interest to you.


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June

BOOK APPOINTMENTS ONLINE

2016 by Christine Siddle - 1 comment

Exciting news! As we continue to strive towards a family-friendly practice, we can now offer you the opportunity to book appointments for your child online at your own convenience. Just click on the following link: BOOK ONLINE. It couldn’t be easier! Of course we are more than happy to speak with you in person as well to see whether Occupational Therapy input is the right fit for your child.

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February

CLIENT-FOCUSED and SKILLS SPECIFIC

2016 by Christine Siddle - 0 comments

What does this actually mean? Well, it means that we work closely with the student, the parent / carer and the student’s teacher to identify and work on goals that are relevant for them. Research tells us that the more relevant the goal is for the client, and the closer it is to the actual skill being worked on (task specific), the greater chance the student has in achieving that goal. So, if you are concerned about your child’s attention skills as an example, that is what we will look at and work on and is what our ‘brainstorming’ assessments have been designed for. In essence, we change the assessment and treatment to match the child’s strongest areas of need which results in faster progress and higher success rates. Just ask us about our brainstorming assessments as an initial starting point.

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February

WHAT IS A BRAINSTORMING ASSESSMENT?

2016 by Christine Siddle - 0 comments

A brainstorming assessment is ideal for your child / student if you are uncertain as to whether Occupational Therapy Intervention is required or not, or if you don’t require use of standardised assessments as would be required for a funding assessment. If intervention is required, we can then discuss appropriate intervention strategies and just how much therapy would ideally be required. At Kid-Eze Therapy Services we generally provide shorter term intensive therapy blocks with an emphasis on your child / student acquiring the skills they need to participate at home, school and in the wider community with greater success and confidence. A brainstorming assessment only takes about an hour, and both verbal and written feedback is provided as part of the service. The report is generally completed within 1-2 weeks, so it is also very quick. We cover many different types of skills such as social skills, spelling, reading, handwriting (putting pen to paper and coming up with ideas), playground skills, and tabletop skills such as cutting, drawing and colouring. Please contact us for further information.

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October

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY WEEK 25-31 OCTOBER

2015 by Christine Siddle - 0 comments

I was recently sent the following email by a previous client’s mother which tugged on my heart strings and brightened up my whole day. It essentially sums up quite nicely how Occupational Therapy can make a difference in someone’s life.
“Hi Christine, Just saw a Facebook Post celebrating OT. Our family often say how thankful we are to have had your professional and caring assistance at the time we most needed it. My Daughter is almost 16 now. She always looked forward to her visits to you which at the time was an achievement in itself. She is now in year 9. She has travelled to China as part of the school program . Has nearly completed her Duke of Edinborough badge. She has been an active St John ambulance cadet for 6 years. She already runs her own part time pony ride business and enjoys competing her horse.  At the time we came to you I didn’t know if she would ever be able to cope with mainstream schooling. She now thrives in it. Just thought I’d let you know that although it is now many years ago we are always grateful. This has been used with permission from the author and any personal information was deleted to ensure confidentiality.

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May

GOING PAPER FREE

2015 by Christine Siddle - 0 comments

At the end of this term we will be transitioning to a new practice management system called Power Diary which will enable us to book in appointments from anywhere at anytime and will also send out automatic reminders to our clients, to name just a couple of features. We are also planning on going paper free by the end of this term, so we have been busy scanning in documents from our client files and storing them electronically. We will also endeavour to send any correspondence to clients via email rather than post, provided that is okay with our clients. But rest assured, means have been taken to ensure client confidentiality and to protect our data.

Unsure if a child needs assistance? Use our simple online checklists.

Helping children at all age levels

We can help children to...

  • Experience success with tasks they find difficult to do (eg. handwriting, socialising, dressing, organising self, paying attention, fine and gross motor skills)
  • Feel better about themselves
  • Develop more positive attitudes and less frustration towards their work
  • Gain more positive attention or recognition from their peers and others
  • Achieve key developmental and learning milestones
  • Play and socialise better with their peers.

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