When you first begin using occupational therapy we generally start with a meeting in your home, a suitable place in your community or at our location. This first session is all about getting on the same page as you and your family, having a good understanding about what is working and not working for you and what a vision of success looks like.
This may include seeing you doing some of your essential daily tasks or conducting specific assessments of your abilities and needs. Some of the types of assessments we can conduct for you are:
An OT will gain an understanding about the reasons activities can be challenging for you, for example, strength, movement, memory, concentration, or mood.
Investing time in gathering and sharing information with you and your family is important. After the first meeting we will provide you with a report or recommendations and then we can plan your sessions.
Assistive technology can support people living with a disability to perform tasks they could not otherwise do, to perform tasks more easily, and to perform them more safely and securely. Assistive technology can allow many people to reach their potential at home, in their community, at school and at work.
At Flourish Holistic Services Pty Ltd we have adopted the term assistive technology to include products, systems, devices, and technologies used by people with a disability to enhance independence and participation.
Assistive technology is part of an individualised solution to assist you to achieve greater independence, reduce support needs, increase participation and be more connected to your community.
It is all about getting the right fit for you, your activities, and environments. To achieve the right fit we will assess your abilities and challenges, trial different assistive technology options with you, write a report to request the required funding, and when the assistive technology is delivered to you, we will work with you to make sure that it has enhanced your life and is the right fit.
The way we take in and use information from our senses helps us to know what is happening in our world and how to respond. Our senses are our vision, hearing, smell, touch, movement, and balance. We all take in and use sensory information differently, this is very individual. We call this our sensory profile. For example, some of us enjoy sitting on the train watching other people, listening to the sounds, and reading a magazine whilst other people are more relaxed when they can block out some of these sensory inputs and close their eyes listing to music with headphones on.
Children and adults living with a disability can often take in and use sensory information differently to other people. For example, a child may miss seeing detail in their environment, take longer to register a sound or react more quickly to bright lights, people, and noise. The way we take in and register, or make sense of sensory information, strongly influences our ability to learn new information, to perform activities and to participate in activities with other people.
Our team takes a really practical approach to sensory profiling. Our team can assist you and your family to gain a better understanding about how you take in and use sensory information and the influence that sensory processing has on your behaviour, learning, and participation. We can assist you and your family to better understand and communicate your likes or the senses you are seeking out and your dislikes or senses you wish to avoid. We will help you to understand how you can create a sensory-friendly environment that support you to learn and participate; how to create the “just right challenge” for you and how to notice if you are not coping in your environment and what to do.
Getting along with others is a valuable ability. Sometimes people need extra help to develop the skills and confidence to make friends and interact with others.
We work with you to identify your specific social goals like making new friends, improving your relationship with family members, or getting along better with classmates or other people in your community. We can then support you to use those skills you already have and develop new social skills that will help you reach your goal.
For a child this might include learning how to take turns and asking someone to play or respectful listening.
For an adult it might be learning how to understand non-verbal communication, how to ask for help, asking social questions or accepting feedback.
We also run social skills groups for children at many of our locations
Children and adults living with a disability can find it hard to learn new skills. We know that learning is a lifelong skill. We can assist you to learn information more effectively by working out the best ways for you to learn, for example using pictures or words. Generally developing routines or approaching a task the same each time can improve learning. We can assist you to make changes to your environment to help you to learn by reducing distractions and creating logical flows.
The key to learning is using repetition and we provide support to your teachers and your family to assist everybody to use the same strategies to assist you to learn.
Your home environment can influence how well you can perform everyday activities such as having a shower, using the toilet, preparing a meal or simply entering or leaving your home.
We understand that changing your home is a big decision and you should be involved in the process every step of the way.
Home modifications are changes to the structure, layout or fittings in your home to enable you to access and move around your home as a result of a disability. This can be simple and low cost such as a grab rail next to the front step for you to get into the home safely, or a modification to the bathroom which requires a bath to be removed and level shower base installed.
We have a team of experienced occupational therapists who can meet with you to understand your goals and how your home environment is influencing your independence and safety. The therapist will assess you doing activities in your home and work with you to come up with different options. We understand what information different funders need in order to make a decision about paying for home modification. We work closely with project managers and builders to get a great outcome for you.
Finally, we always come back when the home modifications are complete to get your feedback about whether the modifications have assisted you to achieve your goals. If there are further changes that need to be made, we can make sure that the process does not stop until you are satisfied.
Safe and Accessible Environment
We can support you with advice for making environments safe and accessible for people of all ages with the aim of supporting you to engage in everyday activities efficiently and safely with maximum independence.
If access around home, school, work, or social environments is potentially difficult or unsafe we can assist with:
We can also prepare reports for relevant funding bodies (providing clinical justification for making environmental amendments or arrangements) and connect you with trained professionals who can help make the modifications that are needed.