WCH Occupational Therapists work with babies, children, adolescents and their families with a range of medical, orthopaedic, surgical and/or developmental conditions to promote development and enable participation in everyday activities.
Our Occupational Therapists work with babies, children, adolescents and their families promoting development and enabling participation in everyday activities at home, pre-school and school.
We provide assessment and advice focusing on how a child is developing skills in:
- Hand Function (grasp patterns, holding and using toys, pencil skills, cutting etc)
- Play and Social interactions
- Self-Care (dressing, toileting, self-feeding, personal hygiene and sleep)
- Sensory Processing and Regulation (achieving ‘just right’ activity and attention levels appropriate to task required)
We strive to provide integrated child and family centred care. An ongoing commitment to consumer engagement, research review and programme development enables the provision of services that are efficient, effective and evidence based.
How to access this service
Written referrals are accepted from WCH doctors, private paediatricians and general practitioners. We will let you know when we have received the referral and inform you of the likely waiting time before an appointment is made.
Weekdays 9:00am – 5:00pm
Ground floor, Good Friday building, Zone C
Written referrals are accepted from External Paediatricians or Specialist Women’s and Children’s Hospital Outpatient Clinics for children 0 – 18 years with:
- Developmental Delay
- Neurological conditions
- Orthopaedic conditions
- Limb Deficiency/Anomaly
- Brachial Plexus Injury
- Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
- Upper limb Splinting Needs and Hand Therapy
- Haematology/Oncology conditions
- Gender Dysphoria for garment fitting
Written referrals are accepted from Maternal Foetal Medicine and Post Natal Ward for:
- Pre and Post Natal Women with a pre-existing condition or physical complication of pregnancy affecting their capacity to care for their baby. Planning for managing their baby’s care whilst in hospital and when discharged is provided.
Written Referrals can be faxed to Allied Health on 81617040 for:
- Infants (0 – 2 years) for developmental review and therapy
- Children admitted to any ward with a medical, neurological, orthopaedic, unexplained or surgical condition, burn and/or acquired physical injury, affecting their ability to perform self-care and daily living activities, for equipment and/or intervention.
(08) 8161 7381
(08) 8161 7040
Paediatric Allied Health
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
South Australia 5006
Sue Van De Loo