Our Paediatric Occupational Therapy team have extensive knowledge, skills and experience assisting and working with children with a vast range of disabilities and conditions.

Our team works closely with families to ensure that the support provided considers family routines and priorities. Our Occupational Therapists support children and their families to work towards their goals and increase their independence and participation in areas (occupations) including:

  • learning
  • play
  • socialising
  • self-help activities such as: 
    • dressing
    • feeding
    • toileting

These goals assist in the building of your child’s confidence and self-esteem and supports their participation and inclusion at home, school, and in the community.

In order to provide comprehensive support that considers the uniqueness of every child and family, our Occupational Therapists work closely with the multi-disciplinary team at Firstchance to provide a holistic and individualised approach to supporting your child’s needs and goals.

Our Occupational Therapy team provides specialised interventions based on findings of assessments, observations, and listening to children and families about their unique experiences, interests, hopes, and dreams. 

Assessments may focus on sensory processing, fine and gross motor skills, overall development and practical, functional skills in day-to-day life. We can also provide assessments and fitting of assistive technology or equipment that will assist children to participate in everyday life. This may include seating, mobility, and self-care equipment.

Our Occupational Therapists are continually developing and learning new skills through various evidence-based training to support every child and their family. Some of the areas of interest and specific training and experience our team has include:


  • DIR Floortime
  • Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) Approach
  • Supporting sleep routines
  • Approaches to promoting toileting and continence
  • Occupational Performance Coaching
  • Sensory based interventions (E.g. Therapeutic Listening; Therapressure Treatment Technique; Safe and Sound Protocol; M.O.R.E)
  • Supporting self-regulation (e.g. Interoception curriculum; Zones of Regulation; Shanker Self-Regulation; The Alert Program: How Does My Engine Run)
  • Paediatric Feeding approaches (E.g. SOS; Responsive Feeding)
  • NDT-SI Blending Intervention Approaches in Children with Developmental Disabilities

At Firstchance, we service the Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, and Port Stephens Local Government Areas. Our professional Occupational Therapists provide services in various locations depending on your child and family needs. This may be at home, early childhood education setting, school, park, shopping centre, community setting, or swimming lessons. We also have therapy rooms in our office at Mayfield where appointments can be scheduled and are also able to offer Firstchance Online sessions.

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