Frequently Asked Questions
What is Occupational Therapy?
An Occupational Therapist (OT) is an allied health professional that supports children to do the activities they need and want to do at home, school and community.
What qualifications does an occupational therapist have?
Occupational Therapists train at university, are registered with AHPRA and need to complete regular professional development to provide the best support for your child.
What is an Allied Health Assistant?
A person who assists an allied health professional to support clients. At Together OT our allied health assistants have either completed the Certificate 4 in Allied Health Assistance, are an occupational therapy student or have a background in allied health &/or learning support assistance.
How does the Occupational Therapist and Allied Health Assistant work together to support your child?
The Allied Health Assistant and Occupational Therapist are a team that frequently communicate your child's successes, challenges and update therapy needs. Regular formal and informal supervision is provided by the occupational therapist.
What is the current waiting list?
Currently the waitlist is 6 - 12 months.
What can I expect at my child's first session?
The occupational therapist will have a mix of specially chosen gross motor and fine motor activities that look at skills needed for your child's goals. To your child these will look like play and fun, such as an obstacle course, drawing or a boardgame. However, the OT will be observing all the key skills mentioned in your child's intake form and initial screen while making your child feel safe and engaged in a new space with new people.
Does a Parent/Guardian need to remain present during Therapy?
Yes. Parents/Guardians must remain present during all therapy sessions due to legal and safety reasons, and so they can be involved in therapy to learn to support your child at home.
If your child's session takes place at school it is not a requirement for a parent/guardian to be present as they are under legal care of the school.
The OT will organize regular communication to make sure you are apart of therapy.