Occupational Therapy for children

Paediatric Occupational Therapy helps children to develop skills in the areas of self care, play and preschool/school.

Some activities we can help children with include:

  • Self-care activities – dressing, eating and toileting
  • Motor skills – coordinating their movements, as well as using their hands to draw, write and cut with scissors
  • Play skills – turn-taking, pretend-play, playing with others
  • Processing sensory information – helping children to manage strong sensory preferences to sounds, smells, touch or movement
  • Preschool/School – building concentration, organising themselves and their belongings

What to expect at an appointment

A member of the team will meet with you and your child to assess their needs and work together to set goals. We may invite them to a group or see them individually. Sometimes we visit pre-schools and schools. Let you know about other supports such as playgroups.

Some of the groups we run include:

  • Developing fine and gross motor skills
  • Getting ready for school
  • Self regulation
  • Social skills

We also offer a Children’s Walking Clinic.

Most appointments are held at Banyule Community Health and we will give you lots of ideas to continue working towards achieving your child’s goals at home.

Who can use this service

Children aged 0-8 years with mild to moderate delays in their development.

Children who are eligible for Early Childhood Early Intervention services and/or the National Disability Insurance Scheme or on a waiting list for these services are not eligible for further paediatric/therapy services at Banyule Community Health.


Referrals are welcome from parents, carers, health professionals and other community service providers. Contact us on 9450 2000.


Fees may apply, depending on your family’s income level. Paediatric services are free for low-income families or low income families who have a Health Care Card. Click here for more information or contact 9450 2000 to speak to a Service Access worker.

Helpful Links

Adult Occupational Therapy

For information on Occupational Therapy service for Adults (both younger adults, some of who may be NDIS participants and older adults), please visit Adult Occupational Therapy.