Child and Youth Occupational Therapy Clinic

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Child and Youth Occupational Therapy Clinic

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This service is being relocated. Further details will follow mid 2020.

USC offers an occupational therapy clinic for children and youth as part of its occupational therapy program.

The Child and Youth Occupational Therapy Clinic is a student-led clinic where occupational therapy (OT) students, in their final two years of study, work directly with children, families and teachers under supervision to support children to engage in a broad range of activities at school, at home and in the community.

They are provided with supervision (direct and in-direct), by a Clinical Placement Trainer who is an experienced, Australian-registered Occupational Therapist.

The Child and Youth Occupational Therapy Clinic forms an integral part of OT student education.

FAQs

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists support people to do all the things that “occupy” their day. For children and youth, occupational therapists can facilitate the development of foundation skills that enable a
child/young person to engage in learning, develop personal independence and participate in play, sport and leisure. Occupational therapists collaborate with parents, teachers and others to support
a child/young person’s participation in daily occupations. These occupations can include activities such as:

Self-care

  • Dressing, including manipulating buttons and zips, tying laces, learning to put clothes on the right way around, putting on shoes/socks, learning how to sequence dressing
  • Personal grooming activities including hair brushing, teeth brushing, washing hands, drying self after swimming or shower
  • Basic toilet skills (not requiring medical intervention)
  • Opening lunch containers
  • Pouring a drink
  • Making a sandwich
  • Using cutlery

School work / Part-time work

  • Using hands effectively to hold and use everyday objects such as pencils, scissors, and other tools e.g. glue stick, folding paper, handling money
  • Writing and pre-writing
  • Attending to and engaging in learning/work activities
  • Starting and completing activities independently
  • Cooperating with teachers, other students and other people in the community

Play / Leisure

  • Using free time for play and leisure
  • Playing with peers and learning social rules such as turn-taking, sharing and waiting
  • Using play equipment (eg. playground, toys) meaningfully and playfully
Is my child, aged 4 - 12 years, eligible?

Many government and non-government agencies offer occupational therapy services to children and youth. The Clinic can provide support for children aged 4-12 years who are not able to access services from other agencies (e.g. Education Queensland, the NDIS or ECEI). If your child is receiving or able to receive OT services somewhere else, they are ineligible to access our service.

How much does it cost?

USC is able to offer student-led occupational therapy services free of charge

Where is it located?

This service is being relocated. Further details will follow mid 2020.

How can I access this service with my child?

Children aged 4-12 years can be referred by primary caregivers or another health professional e.g. GP, paediatrician, psychologist, speech pathologist.

Referral forms, including a consent form, is available on this website and needs to be returned to childandyouthusc@usc.edu.au before your child’s name can be placed on our waiting list.

Is there a waiting list and how long is it?

Yes. The Child and Youth Clinic is staffed by occupational therapy students and has breaks in service throughout the year. Students take a while to become skilled and the rate at which children are taken off the waiting list varies unpredictably. The Clinic operates for 8 weeks at a time in every school term.

Are there other services that can help my child and I while we wait?

You are encouraged to speak to your child’s GP about possibly accessing Medicare funding through the Chronic Disease Management Plan and also the Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan (BAMHCP). Children who experience difficulties with anxiety, attention and behaviour challenges may be eligible for services through the BAMHCP including psychologists and occupational therapists. Children do not need a formal mental health diagnosis to access funding under the BAMCHP they need to have identified concerns with anxiety, depression or attention and behaviour reported by a GP.

Your child may be further eligible to access the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI). The program is a national program supporting children aged 0-6 who have a developmental delay or disability and their families, funded through The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

 The Benevolent Society is the NDIS Partner in your local community and delivers ECEI services to the following regions: 

  • Logan City
  • Redland City
  • Brisbane City 
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council areas

To access the program if you reside in the following regions contact The Benevolent Society on 1300 00 ECEI (3234) or for further information specifically regarding ECEI, please refer to the NDIS website. For anyone outside of this region, additional information is available via the NDIS website.

 Website Links:

 NDIS: https://www.ndis.gov.au/contact

 The Benevolent Society: https://www.benevolent.org.au

 If your child’s circumstances change and his/her needs for therapy increase, please contact the Child and Youth Clinic at ChildandYouthUSC@usc.edu.au to discuss options including referral to other services in the local region.

Resources

Children's Health Queensland offers a range of community health and support services for children and their parents/carers to give every child the best possible start in life. This site has a checklist of red flags for development and can assist you determine whether your child may need additional support for their development.

 Further information and resources are available at: 

https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/chq/our-services/community-health-services/child-health-service/

https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/chq/our-services/community-health-services/child-development-program/

What if I have further questions?

If you would like to discuss the nature of the Child and Youth Occupational Therapy Clinic, or your child’s specific needs, please contact the USC Clinical Placement Trainer, Child and Youth Clinic.

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