Connecting Together is a community service run by an Occupational Therapist; to provide care, intervention, therapy and guidance to children and families.
Franklin and South Auckland Occupational Therapist.
Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service
"Passionate, kind and wants the best for our children, just like we do as parents. My child absolutely loves seeing Melissa and she manages to keep his attention with games. Prompt at replying to phone calls and emails and always tries to work in a session time that works for both herself and the family. We are definitely looking forward to working with you this year."
What can Occupational Therapy do...
Occupational Therapists focus on achieving functional independence through therapeutic interventions, including activities someone wants, needs and has to do in their daily life.
Children gain functional independence through there development and play; however it is not always easy to consider all areas/milestones your child needs to reach.
A Paediatric Occupational Therapist helps to address evaluate and provide support in the development of children.
We can help with.....
Delayed developmental skills, e.g. crawling, jumping.
Fine motor control e.g for independence in dressing, and fasteners
Gross motor coordination (balance, strength, core strength and posture)
Motor movements and coordination
Self-cares (daily activities, showering, toileting, eating, sleeping)
Sensory Processing and behaviour support
Social Skills (play, joint attention and making friends)
Behaviour (sensory systems, emotional regulation and positive behaviour approaches)
Visual processing skills and attention
Motor planning (preparation and sequencing of movements)
Coordination between the two sides of the body (crossing the midline)
Sensory modulation (reaction to stimulus)
Family support and understanding of development and/or diagnosis
What does the process look like?
Appointments are offered in-person or by telehealth
A first meet and greet (in person or via Zoom online), to better understand your family goals and ensure we are the correct service.
Completing assessment questionnaires, standardized assessments or observations to better understand your child's needs in their environments (home and school).
Setting the long and short term goals together with family and your child, this is what guides therapy sessions and what is used to measure progress or therapy and strategies etc.
A regular time is set with you around how often for therapy to commence, e.g weekly, or fortnightly. We also offer holidays programmes and run events that may suit your needs also.