Occupational Therapy News: Welcome

Hi Everyone!

I hope everyone has had a smooth start to the new school year! It is amazing how fast the summer break can go.

This year is another busy one for the OT program at the Fremantle LDC, with the Curtin University students commencing next week and staying until the end of term. This year the students will be staying for an extra week in their placements, which means extra access to therapy.

Following some great results last year in terms of the development of our student’s core strength, strength will remain a focus for 2019. There are also some new processes in place, to ensure we are supporting as many students as possible from an OT perspective.

If you are a new family to the Fremantle LDC, your child will receive an OT screening assessment in the coming weeks. This process will commence at the end of week three and be completed by the end of term 1. A parent information session will be held, which will explain the importance of the assessment and also allow you opportunities to ask any questions about the report you will receive regarding your child’s physical skills.

There is a lot of information on the school website about the OT strategies we use across the Fremantle LDC, so I encourage to you to visit the link: Occupational Therapy

If you do have any urgent needs relating to OT, I encourage you to talk to your class teacher as this may become part of your child’s Individual Education Plan, or you are welcome to contact me via email: Lil.peeps@hotmail.com

I look forward to an exciting and active year!

Berry Johnston
Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapy News: OT 2018

Well what a year it has been for OT! This year has been busy with lots of final year OT students coming to support the classrooms and provide intervention.

This year we continued with the Alert program in all classes and the children all seem to understand this concept really well. This term all children would have come home with their own mini “Alert Engine Meters”, so it would be great to see them being used at home over the holidays and maintaining that language until the new school year.

This year we also made great gains in the core strength of all the children. The target was to have 70% of all Kindy and Pre-Primary improve their strength and this was achieved. So make sure you keep up the dead ant and superman practice everyday!

Next year will look very similar for the OT program, with screening for new students occurring in term one, Alert programs for whole classes in term 1 and 4, intervention and support in term 2, 3 and 4 as well as the OT student program running the whole year.

It has been great working with the staff, students and families at the Fremantle LDC and I wish you all a restful but energetic summer break! Remember keeps those bodies moving, limit iPad and TV time … and just have fun!

See you in 2019!

Berry Johnston
Principal Occupational Therapist 
Lil’ Peeps Occupational Therapy for Kids
M: 0417 961 276

Occupational Therapy News: Become a Yogi

Does your child:

  • Have difficulties with balancing and lack muscular strength?
  • Display high energy and inability to calm their body/thoughts?
  • Struggle with social activities or participating in sport?
  • Demonstrate worried thoughts?
  • Take a long time to fall asleep at night?

It’s time for you and your child to become a ‘Yogi’ and discover what yoga is all about.

What does being a ‘Yogi’ involve?

Yoga has become a growing practice, which is used to assist children with a variety of fun and therapeutic exercises, poses and breathwork that aim to promote mindfulness and relaxation in a social group environment.

Why should you learn to be a ‘Yogi’?

Yoga teaches how the body and mind are connected and how we should be aware of ourselves. When children are engaged, focused and having fun while practicing yoga, they are in the present moment. This self-awareness of both body and mind helps children to be cautious in any situation. Yoga inspires children to be kind, patient, accepting, and emphatic with themselves and their peers.

Benefits of being a ‘Yogi’

Physical benefits

  • Builds core strength and body awareness
  • Develops muscles and gross motor skills
  • Improves balance and co-ordination

Emotional benefits

  • Eases anxiety or worried thoughts
  • Enables calm and relaxation feelings
  • Improves self-regulation (ability recognise and control our emotions)

Social benefits

  • Increases confidence and self-esteem

Cognitive benefits

  • Enhances concentration
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Prepares the body and mind for learning

Helpful resources

Cosmic kids – https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Yoga with animals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XCQfYsFa3Q

Learn yoga – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CITc2AxYnPY