Who We Are
We are currently a team of three New Zealand registered Occupational Therapists. We all have New Zealand and overseas experience branching to South Africa and the United Kingdom. Between the three of us we have a magnitude of experience and training to adequately assess and treat children aged 0-12 years of age covering a range of specialist areas.
A brief touch on some of the courses, papers and further studies we have completed between the three of us include:
- Sensory Integration Theory & Practice – Postgraduate paper through Otago Polytechnic
- Handwriting Without Tears Course
- Sydney Chu’s Handwriting; Perceptual; DCD; & ADHA Courses
- Therapeutic Listening Course
- Sensory Integration Clinical Observations Course
- MORE Course
- Sensory Integration Foundation Course
- Masters in Business Management
- Hand Therapy & Upper limb Course
- Visual Perception, Development and Treatment Course
- Alert Programme
How can we help?
There are many interrelated areas of a child’s development that change continuously as they grow. If there is a minor delay or problem with one of these areas this can often have an effect on how a child functions in relation to the other developmental areas. If there are problems with development it will usually show through behaviour problems, motor/sensory functioning issues, learning difficulties and social/emotional issues.
Sometimes parents will notice something is ‘not quite right’ with his or her child in comparison to their peers, but may not be able to pin-point the issue. If these initial minor problems are not dealt with in the early stages of a child’s development, they can progress, compound and become more serious issues which interfere with learning, functioning and general living. More often than not, children require assistance in only one or a few developmental areas through means of specific non-invasive therapy to enable them to function effectively at their chronological age expectation.
Through assessment and liaison with other professionals involved, we determine the underlying issues causing problems in the child’s learning and we work with the child and their caregiver to fix it.
What’s the process?
The therapists at Kids Plus are trained to assess all areas of paediatric development and function using clinical standardised assessments. Once a child presents for treatment, a qualified therapist will carry out an extensive assessment process which may take 1-3 sessions. Once the assessment process is complete (which includes the production of a detailed report) a therapist will discuss the findings and outcomes with the child’s parent.
From there a specific program will be designed to treat the child’s issues through specific activities and therapy. A recommended treatment plan will be discussed with the caregivers to establish the therapy-based program that will be most beneficial for the child and best suited to their family circumstances.