|Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapy Services|
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|Q: How many sessions of the Visual Perceptual Therapy will my child need to have?|
|A: It's not possible to give a definitive answer to this question simple because the whole process is driven by the child; we can only work at the pace they move at. However, we can usually tell in our first therapy session, how many sessions the child is likely to need and if they are also going to need to go through the Advanced Program at a later date. The average child who is struggling in school generally needs to be seen only 3 or 4 times, however, some children only need to be seen twice and others with more severe issues may need 7 or 8 sessions. We only see children once every two weeks as well, with the down time allowing them to make use of the new skills they are acquiring and developing in the therapy sessions.|
|Q: How much additional work will we need to with my child at home, after each therapy session?|
There is no 'homework' with this therapy. Because we are changing the
basic structure from which the child operates from, they will naturally
make use of these new skills and abilities in everything that they do.
Conversely, we are more likely to advise you to give your
child some space, especially in the initial 2 weeks following our first
therapy session. This gives the child some adjustment time, to get used
to their improved ability to make sense of the world and engage with
it. We want the child to now be engaging in life on their own terms,
where we can respond to what they need. This is a very different way of
being in the world for most children, simply because they have usually
had to be coerced or encouraged to do so before. If the adults
in the child's life persist in interacting with the child as they have
always done, they will actually hold them back and limit their
progress, so this need to give the child some space is something that
is applicable to all concerned.
|Q: Will we need to do anything to help my child catch up with their school work?|
|A: The reality is that older children most definitely will need some help with this. The chances are that they missed out on some of the early educational information and groundwork, because they didn't understand it or have the ability to make use of it. We will very quickly be able to see if a child does need additional help, because they will not be catching up to their peers on their own. Most parents find that it falls on them to address these issues and, while I certainly do encourage parents to speak to their child's teacher and see if they can tell them what level the child is actually performing at, the reality is that most schools fail miserably in this area. However, the good news is that none of this is rocket science and the average parent is quite able to step up and help their child in this area.|
|Q: How do you improve upon an athletes performance?|
|A: This is a great
Fundamentally, if any of us want
to improve our performance we need to get out of our heads, and stop
thinking. While that may seem a strange thing to say, because most
in their heads and are constantly lost in thought, its crucial if we
improve upon our performance. However, the most effective level of
any of us have is integrated task performance and it has nothing at all
with thinking. It is all about knowing and that is an experiential
what I do is:
1.) Evaluate a client's information processing and integration performance and correct any issues found in this.
2.) Refine that performance by utilising effective processes and then increasing the volumes of information the client has to process in the moment.
3.) In amongst all of this, I also teach my clients a highly effective way of dealing with their psychological and emotional content, so that it doesn't impact on performance.
Overall the process is described as 'life altering' by most clients. Some of course want to continue to do things such as avoid their psychological and emotional states and unfortunately for them, this is not a helpful thing to do, because it will continue to present itself, regardless of what we do and, if we are not effectively dealing with it, it will be interrupting our performance.
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