OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOR TEENAGERS
Our therapists support teenagers and their families with their individual goals so they can participate more fully in everyday life. We recognise that significant growth and changes happen during the teen years. We see this as a great opportunity to support teenagers in achieving their goals. We work closely with the adolescent’s support networks, recognising that they are central to their development and learning.
If you have autism, ADHD, intellectual disability, behaviour difficulties, anxiety or low mood, we may be able to help them reach their goals.
Our approaches focus on evidence based and innovative therapy. We use neuroscientific theory and a trauma informed lens to understand your child and their environment.
Your Allay occupational therapist will meet with you and the other important people in their lives, such as parents, siblings, friends, work or school. We will get to know your strengths and personality, as well as areas of their lives that are difficult. Goals will be developed and prioritised, allowing us to assist you to build strategies and skills for improving your daily life.
We support adolescents and their supports across a range of areas including:
- Building independence
- Motor skills
- Transitioning to the workforce
- Transitioning to independent living
- Learner driving
- Community access
- Social skills
- Managing their emotions
- Sensory processing
- Hobbies and interests
- Managing their mental health
- Skills for Life
- Boy’s group
- Girl’s group
Animal Assisted Occupational Therapy incorporates an animal into the therapeutic treatment of clients with a wide range of health conditions. Our accredited Animal Assisted Occupational Therapist can use a blend of animals and therapy to facilitate change in social and emotional regulation, increase functional participation, develop social skills, access to the community and psychological support.
Our therapists are trained as Behaviour Support Practitioners and work within positive behaviour support to address challenging behaviours. We will aim to first understand any challenging behaviours, before putting plans and strategies in place to create positive responses and behaviours. Always maintaining the human rights of our clients and promoting an increase in quality of life.
We support adolescents and their families in completing in-depth assessments and strategy planning, which includes looking at:
- Skills and capacities, past experiences and learnt behaviours.
- The interactions between the person and people in their lives.
- The physical, emotional and cultural environments that they live in.