Provide practical strategies for families, so children can participate to the fullest potential
Teach how the body, emotions and mind works to empower parents to learn self-management
Develop foundational skills needed to play, make friends, look after themselves and learn
For children to feel comfortable and confident in their own bodies
Our Service Areas
Occupational Therapists strive to improve the occupational performance of clients by considering the person, his/her environment and what they find meaningful. For example, childhood occupations target daily activities such as eating, dressing, sleeping and playing, as well as school and community activities. The goal of Occupational Therapy is to use purposeful, motivating and meaningful activities to maximise a persons potential and life satisfaction. Occupational Therapists may intervene at the skill level (e.g., to address specific sensory problems, fine motor problems, visual problems), these interventions are always working towards increasing a persons joyful participation in life. To learn more about Occupational Therapy, please have a look at the World Federation of Occupational Therapy website.
Our Clinical Psychology sessions provide understanding and strategies to children and families. Our Clinical Psychologist has the first session with the parents alone to gain a thorough understanding of the difficulties the child is having. Clinical Psychology sessions may be beneficial for children who:
have experienced physical, emotional or social trauma
get stuck on thoughts, feelings
have difficult behaviours at home or school
Speech Pathology services aim to prevent, assess, diagnose and treat communication and swallowing issues. Communication issues may include difficulties comprehending and generating spoken and written language, listening and retention of information, stuttering and fluency issues, social and self advocacy skills, and vocal quality. Speech Pathologists support people to reach their potential in a range of environments such as schools, the community and the workplace through delivering engaging and meaningful evidence based treatments including augmentative and alternative forms of communication (AAC). Speech Pathologists can provide support for a range of people including those with developmental delays, disabilities, acquired injuries and degenerative disorders and hearing loss.
To find out more check out https://speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/
Each time we become stressed we use energy to cope. The more stressors that we have on our central nervous system, the more energy (glucose) we need to use throughout the day. When we constantly experience high levels of stress, our nervous system works in overdrive to survive and our energy levels become depleted. We find it difficult to recover from these situations and to find balance in our lives. The more stress we encounter, the more we need to put on our brakes to try and get back to feeling calm. Sometimes these breaks can become worn out leading to burn out, meltdowns and mental health difficulties. Stress can occur within these 5 domains:
• Body; sleep, sensory processing, digestions, toileting
• Emotions; intensity and frequency of feelings
• Brain; concentration, listening, thoughts, attention
• Social; making friends, having conversations
• Pro-social; empathy, compassion, understanding and responding to others
It is important for us to have a language to talk about the stress in our life and learn how to manage our stress. The ability to regulate ourselves to a level of calm has a positive impact on our behavior, concentration and participation in the activities that are most important to us. It further enables us to get into a body/feelings/mind state to be calm, alert and ready to connect with learning in the classroom.
Everything we know and experience about the world is received through our sensory systems of touch, taste, sound, smell, hearing, movement (vestibular) and body awareness (proprioception). We receive cues from our surroundings that let us know what is expected of us, what we need to do and where we need to be. For example we hear the school bell through our auditory sensory system, which lets us know that it is time to line up for class. Or we might smell something yummy coming from the kitchen through a olfactory sensory system, which lets us know that mum is cooking dinner. Everyone experiences sensory information at different intensities, which leads to us interpreting the information as either enjoyable, painful or not at all. Such as, for some people a pinch of chili on their meals is enjoyable, others not even notice its there and for another person this is not tolerable. For some children (and adults!), the experience of the different intensities affects their ability to wear different clothes, try new foods, concentrate in noisy rooms, visit new places, keep still on the mat etc. All their energy is going into trying to get sensory input that they like, avoid sensory input that they don’t, or they seem to be ‘in their own world’ as they don’t notice the input around them. Therefore limited energy is available to do the things that are required of them, such as listening, concentrating, following through on instructions.
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Many children have difficulty with everyday skills such as listening, sitting still, staying focused, or joining in with others.
The Therapists at Calm and Connected provide mobile, clinic & online support to the adults surrounding a child and teach the child how to address the foundational skills that affect our ability to connect.