Occupational therapy and your child

Occupational therapy aims to help overcome challenges to reach individual potential to participate more fully in everyday life. We work closely with a child’s family and support networks, recognising that they are central to their development and learning. 

Individual therapy

If your child has developmental delays, intellectual disability, behaviour difficulties, autism, ADHD, 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 your child and the other important people in their lives, such as parents, siblings or school teachers. We will get to know your child’s strengths and personality, as well as areas of their lives that are difficult. Goals will be developed and prioritised, allowing us to assist your child and the family to build strategies and skills for improving your daily life.

We support children and their families across a range of areas including:

  • Building independence
  • Positive behaviour
  • School
  • Social skills
  • Sensory processing
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Mental health
  • Managing their emotions
  • Motor skills

Group therapy

Allay provides group occupational therapy for children and families. We have designed our courses to enhance mental and physical wellbeing, improving emotional regulation and developing greater social skills.

  • Boy’s group 
  • Girl’s group
  • Secret Agents Society
  • Building Playful Connections (parent course)


Animal Assisted Occupational Therapy incorporates an animal into the therapeutic treatment of adults 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. 

Behaviour Support

Our therapists are trained asBehaviour 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 children 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.