How do I choose between an Occupational Therapist or Psychologist?
Is Psychology or Occupational therapy better for my child?
Selecting Psychology or Occupational therapy depends on why your child needs therapy. When making a particular decision it’s vital to your child’s development that you understand what each therapist does and why.
What do Australian psychologists do?
Psychologists that work with children often provide a cognitive map or blueprint that explains how your child thinks, behaves and learns.
Key tasks a psychologist may complete include:
- Psychoanalytical evaluations.
- Using neurological assessments and guidebooks such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition DSM-5, American Psychiatric Association (DSM-5).
- Classifying Neurodevelopmental disorders in babies, toddlers and children.
- Using Play Therapy as a learning and cognitive processing tool.
What do Australian occupational therapists do?
Occupational Therapists generally help children with neurodevelopmental disorders affecting occupational functioning including:
- Social independence
- Personal independence – being able to perform life skill functions.
- Helping children with sensory processing difficulties.
- Fine motor skills – handwriting, shoelace tying and other skills of daily living.
- Gross motor skills – picking up and putting down objects, balancing or jumping.
- Fundamental motor skills such as throwing, catching, rolling, dodging and evading.
A neurodevelopmental disorder is a category of conditions that begin in the early stages of life for a child. Typically these disorders occur during the developmental period of each child’s life. Psychologists, teachers or parents may identify such a cognitive impairment. This difficulty may impact their infants’ social, academic or occupational functioning. A psychoanalytical therapist can help diagnose a child’s impairment.
How do I determine whether my child has a Neurodevelopmental Disorder?
Signs that your infant or adolescent may have a Neurodevelopmental Disorder.
- General limitations or difficulty learning academic tasks at school.
- Lack of control of executive functions or making decisions.
- Specific difficulties with a particular academic subject that their teacher has identified such as reading difficulties/Dyslexia.
- Global impairments of social skills.
- Psychiatric Conditions
- Intellectual Processing Difficulties.
Common Types of Neurodevelopmental Disorders affecting children.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
- Autism Spectrum Disorde r(ASD)
- Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulty (SLD).
- Global Developmental Delay.
Which profession can help my child?
The answer is both occupational therapists and psychologists can help your child.
It is important to determine what type of help your child needs. This is usually the role of psychologists. A developmental psychologist may recommend the support of an OT if your infant’s Neurodevelopmental Disorder requires specific support for occupational functioning. Focused Education employs psychologists and occupational therapists that specialise in helping children.
Our psychologist services include psychological testing for children such as:
- Comprehensive psychological and cognitive assessments.
- Autism Assessment.
- Autism Diagnosis.
- ADHD testing and ADHD diagnosis.
- ADHD treatment.
- Dyslexia Testing and Tutoring.
- Individual child therapy.
- Behaviour management plans.
- Behaviour escalation profiles.
- Parent Counselling.
- Family Counselling.
- Coaching and support.
- Specialist Holiday Programs for children.
- Group parenting workshops
Our Perth Occupational Therapy Services include:
- Occupational Therapy treatment, advice and support services from our therapists.
- Dyspraxia Therapy
- ADD/ADHD Therapy
- Handwriting difficulties Therapy
- Sensory Processing Disorder Therapy
- Autism Occupational Therapy
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