The Skillbuilders Occupational Therapy team offers extensive experience, practical skills and empathy in working with children.

Our diverse range of specialties across the Occupational Therapy field includes:

  • Early intervention for babies and toddlers
  • Specific therapeutic interventions for primary and high school students experiencing difficulties at school.
  • Assisting children with sensory processing difficulties affecting their behaviour, play, independence and/or general development
  • Assisting families with babies/ children with mealtime concerns
  • Working with children with a specific diagnosis eg. Autism/Aspergers, Cerebral Palsy, Dyspraxia, Fragile X, Downs Syndrome or global developmental delay (we are panel providers for Working with Children with Autism and the Better Start Programmes, as well as for the National Disability Insurance scheme).

Why do some children need Occupational Therapy?

Children and their families may benefit from Occupational Therapy assistance focused on the following areas of identified need:

  • ‘Babies and toddlers on the go’:  Early movement skills, eating skills, routines, play.
  • ‘Pen to paper’: Drawing and writing difficulties, spelling, reading, and written expression.  Kindy to ATAR.
  • ‘Fluent movement’: Coordination, balance, control.
  • ‘Tricky fingers’: Fine motor difficulties and independence skills.
  • ‘Getting in a muddle’: Organisational skills for in the classroom and at home.
  • ‘Making sense of your senses’: Sensory processing skills for learning and everyday living.
  • ‘Leaping before looking’: Concentration skills, planning, completing tasks

Occupational Therapy Services include.....

Comprehensive assessment
Our key emphasis is on the need for a thorough assessment for every child to make sure they receive the most effective and appropriate therapy programmes to suit their circumstances.

Individualised therapy
Specialised one-to-one therapy programmes help target the key issues and areas of concern for individual children, and work best with a strong level of parent involvement.

Group sessions
Small group programmes focus on a general area of development such as fine motor skills, concentration, social skills and are designed to be fun and motivating. These sessions are ideal as a follow up and reinforcement to individual therapy. Group sessions can also be of benefit to children with more general or subtle issues. Current group session information is available in Group programmes.

Where are Occupational Therapy services provided?

Occupational Therapy services are provided either at our centres, at your home, or at your childs’ school or Day Care Centre. The decision as to where services are provided is made with parents and is based primarily on the child’s needs, also taking into account practical and logistical considerations.

Workshops and information for parents and teachers

Skillbuilders Occupational Therapists regularly provide information sessions and workshops for parents and/or teachers. These sessions are tailored to meet the requests of the group.

Our Occupational Therapy Team

Penny Melsom       Caryn Mincherton

Maria Rosenius     Michelle Groenewald

Glenda Raptis    Natalie Lea

Shaye Fonseca      Jane Gibson


To book an initial appointment complete the sign up form and we will contact you to make arrangements.

Occupational Therapy at Skillbuilders

  • Our occupational therapy team offers extensive experience, practical skills and empathy in working with children. Our occupational therapy services include comprehensive assessment, individualised therapy, and a range of small group programmes. We have 9 Occupational Therapists offering a range of specialist skills.

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  • Through games and exercises, physiotherapists help babies and children learn to improve the quality of their movement. Our physiotherapy services include detailed assessment of strength, muscle tone and motor skills, tailored treatment, individually designed therapy programmes, practical advice to parents and carers, individual and group programmes.

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  • Early detection of communication problems is essential to each child’s development, well-being and self-esteem. Children who experience a delay in onset of talking often have difficult to detect middle ear problems, causing hearing loss. They frequently go on to have literacy problems if the underlying language difficulties are not remedied.

    If you have a child who has trouble speaking at a developmental level that is right for their age, we can help them develop speech that is clear and understandable.

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  • Skillbuilders offers an extensive and innovative range of contemporary educational toys and learning products for children from 0 – 18 years.

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  • There are a number of rebates and funding options available to individuals to assist with therapy services and product purchases.

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  • As always Skillbuilders will be offering programmes for children entering PP, Year 1, 2, and 3 this coming January School Holidays.

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  • Skillbuilders will be running a range of new, small group therapy programmes

    Fiddle Fun Groups
    Skillbuilders Development Squad

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