What is Occupational Therapy?

Paediatric Occupational Therapists help children participate in everyday activities by working with the child, their family and others in the child's environment. Occupational Therapists assist children to develop skills, achieve greater independence and support their participation in developmentally appropriate activities.

The Simulation Centre offers occupational therapy assessment, intervention and evaluation services for children aged 3 – 16 years.

If your child is experiencing difficulty in any of the below, occupational therapy input may be beneficial:

  • Fine motor skills (Pencil grasp/control, drawing, cutting, hand skills, puzzles)
  • Gross motor skills (Postural strength, Crossing midline, Sitting posture, Motor planning, balance)
  • Writing skills (Letter formations, Letter reversals, Line placement, Letter sizing, Spacing, Overall speed)
  • Sensory skills (Proprioception/Body awareness, Visual tracking, Balance/Vestibular input, Attention)
  • Perceptual skills (Auditory and visual memory, Visual discrimination, Spatial awareness, Concept development)

If your child is struggling with any of the above you may like to contact Kate Snelling, Occupational Therapist at The Simulation Centre for a discussion about your child's development.

Please complete the information form below to make contact or if you would prefer to ring us, please call (08) 9494 2717 .

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Kate Snelling - BSC (OT) (Hons) – Occupational Therapist

Katie graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) with Honours. She has a passion for working in developmental paediatrics and early childhood intervention. Her previous experience involved working as an occupational therapist in a paediatric setting helping children and families to achieve goals in the areas of fine and gross motor development, handwriting, sensory processing, emotional regulation and social skills. Katie has experience screening children in schools, and she has spent time volunteering with children and young adults who face challenges with school-related skills, communication, regulation, and sensory processing.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys playing beach volleyball, attending group fitness classes and caring for her indoor plants. Katie joined the team at The Simulation Centre in May 2018, and is highly motivated and passionate about working on occupational goals that are important to you and your child.

Katie is a member of the Western Australia OT Association, Developmental Occupational Therapy WA interest group and has fulfilled working with children and national police clearance requirements. She is fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

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