KIRTON Point Children’s Centre is using an occupational therapist to encourage positive outcomes for children’s development.
Madeleine Wait will be working at the centre three days a week, supporting staff, children and families.
Occupational therapy works to support children to participate the best they can in all activities. This may involve strengthening of play skills, fine and gross motor skills, concentration and self-regulation skills.
Ms Wait will assist staff and families to support these key developmental skills in children and she said the role differed from how other local services by working at a prevention level rather than a specialist level.
“We are aiming to identify children at risk of developmental delay as early as possible, and then support staff and families to assist these children before any specialist intervention is required.”