Occupational Therapy

The primary goal of Occupational Therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of every-day life, promoting health and wellbeing through occupation.  In the paediatric rehabilitation service of St Joseph’s, Occupational Therapists work with children and teenagers as their patients and with the children’s families, caregivers and teachers to promote the active participation of the patients in activities or occupations which are meaningful to them.

Occupations are activities which enable children to learn and develop life skills, to be creative, enjoy themselves and thrive.  The activities include preschool and school activities, play and self-care and building relationships with others.

At St Joseph’s Home our Occupational Therapists work with children from infancy to the age of 17 ½ years to develop their abilities through the rehabilitation process.  Interventions are designed on the basis of thorough understanding of typical development, the environments in which the children engage (home, school and playground) and the impact of disability, illness and impairment on the individual child’s development, play, learning and overall occupational performance.  Our Occupational Therapists contribute substantially to our rehabilitation service and ensure that children with disabilities learn to function in all their environments with the ability they have.

St Joseph’s Home offers a comprehensive intermediate paediatric rehabilitation service including the following packages of care:

In-patient rehabilitation, early intervention, out-patient rehabilitation, short-term therapy and palliative care.   Patients have individual or group therapy.

Services include:

  • Functional restoration through physical rehabilitation, perceptual training, activities of daily living (ADL) training, scholastic abilities and cognitive rehabilitation (within our scope)
  • Splinting and assistive devices provided as required
  • Reintegration of child into school or helping to apply for admission to special needs schools once the child is discharged from St Joseph’s Home.
  • Facilitation of recreational/therapeutic groups: ADL, craft
  • Training of parents and care givers