Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists provide expert support so you can be as independent as possible in your everyday life. We love a challenge!

Working with you and your network of family and carers, occupational therapists offer:

Occupational therapy can be provided in one-to-one or group sessions. We always work towards the goals set by you.

Our occupational therapists work closely with physiotherapistsexercise physiologists and speech pathologists to ensure a holistic approach to services.

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Our therapy approach: Goal Directed Training

Working towards a goal that you set for yourself makes therapy more fun and effective. Goal Directed Training (GDT) is Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s therapy approach to improving daily life independence and overall functional performance. It is activity-based, where the individual chooses a goal that is important to them.
Find out how our multi-disciplinary team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and exercise physiologists can work with you to set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART) goals.
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This service can be funded by your NDIS package

  • Capacity Building - Improved Health and Wellbeing (Category 12)
  • Capacity Building - Improved Daily Living (Category 15)

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Frequently asked questions

Infants 12 months or younger are eligible if they have the following:

  • Clinical history indicating risk for cerebral palsy

Risk factors include (but not limited to) prematurity, birth defects, genetic conditions, intrauterine growth restriction, hypoxia-ischaemia, seizures, neonatal stroke, infection

  • Abnormal neuroimaging-MRI or Cranial Ultrasound (CUS) indicative of possible motor impairment
  • Motor dysfunction


This might include abnormal General Movements, very low scores on standardised assessment (e.g. below 10th percentile on AIMS), poor head control after 3 months, hand asymmetry after 4 months, not able to take weight through feet after 5 months, not sitting at 9 months.

Priority will be given to infants who have not previously seen a neurologist.