Occupational therapy (OT) for children

We offer a range of Occupational Therapy (OT) services for children from birth to school aged.

Occupational Therapy (OT) can help kids get better at doing basic tasks, which can improve the way they interact with the world around them.

Service details

Children from birth to school age can get the help they need to reach their potential with cohealth Occupational Therapy (OT). Our vibrant, registered and qualified Occupational Therapists have extensive experience in working with babies and children.

How occupational therapy for children can help

For kids, playing is their occupation. It helps them explore the world around them, learn to interact with it and develop essential life skills that will allow them to connect with others and do things independently one day.

Some children have trouble mastering the skills that will allow them to investigate and navigate their environment on their own. They might experience issues with:

  • Fine or gross motor skills (such as moving fingers to grip, or other coordination skills)
  • Sensory processing (for example, how a child responds to something they touch, hear, see, feel or taste)
  • Visual-perceptual skills (for example, making sense of the things they see)
  • Other abilities (such as attention and concentration)

In those cases, occupational therapy can make a big difference. Children can make significant strides socially and emotionally by working with an OT.

Getting the help you need

The Occupational Therapist does an assessment with you of your baby or child’s development by observing them and  from discussions with parents, carers and other professionals about how the child manages activities such as:

  • Playing and socialising – pretend play, taking turns, playing with other children and participation in group activities
  • Self-care skills – sleeping, eating, dressing, bathing and organising tasks
  • Learning skills – difficulty learning tasks, motor skills (drawing, cutting, pasting, climbing, using playground equipment, listening and concentration)

We then develop a plan with you to help your child master the skills they need.

Give us a call

9448 5521

Fees & eligibility

This service is available for children aged from birth to school age (and who not eligible for Early Childhood Intervention services/National Disability Insurance Scheme).

If your child is school age (6 years to 18 years), please talk with your child’s school about your concerns. You are also able to access OT for children privately by contacting a private provider directly.

Use the online form to register your child or contact Service Access on ph 9448 5521.

The cost depends on your income. There are different income ranges for individuals, couples and families. You can learn more on our fees page, or call us to find out more.

Available at 4 locations

Opening hours

Mon 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tue 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wed 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thu 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm

Opening hours

Mon 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tue 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wed 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thu 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm
Facsimile: 9411 4300
Location details and map

Opening hours

Mon 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tue 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wed 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thu 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm
Facsimile: 7000 1811
Location details and map

Opening hours

Mon 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tue 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thu 8:30am - 4:30pm
Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm

For GP’s and health professionals

GP’s and health professionals can refer a client using our online referral form.

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cohealth is a not-for-profit community health organisation. We provide essential health and support services in Melbourne’s CBD, and northern and western suburbs.

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