Research Into The Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Approaches

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the effectiveness of Occupational Therapy approaches?

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Dr Stuart Shanker and Mike McKay on Self-Regulation

WACOSS Special Members Update

WACOSS and our Partners are pleased to announce that the information about a range of events has been finalised and is now available.

The nexus between neuroscience and child development has created ideal conditions for a developing interest and engagement in self-regulation. Central to this work is Dr Stuart Shanker who was appointed by the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Michelle Scott, as her 2012 Thinker in Residence. Since Stuart’s last visit, the influence of his time with us has been profound and people across a range of sectors, including early childhood, out of home care, children and family services and youth, have been talking about how we might continue the work he initiated, provide opportunities for professional development for practitioners and undertake further work with Stuart and his colleagues in a more in-depth fashion around self-regulation, applying it to the work of their services. That hope is now coming to fruition.


What is Self-Regulation?

Self-regulation refers to the ability of a child to deal with stressful situations effectively and being able to return to a baseline of being calm, focused and alert. To read more about the concept of self-regulation Initiative please click here . To read more about Dr Shanker and his colleagues — including the Project Director, Mike McKay — at the Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative please click here.


Events that will be taking place during Mon 3rd Feb – Thu 13th Feb include:


Raising Children & Self-Regulation: An information Session for Parents – Thu 6th Feb

Today’s Professionals – Learning the Basics of Self-Regulation for Children & Families – Tue 11th Feb

Introductory Master Classes

Introductory Master Class – Tue 4th Feb

Introductory Master Class – Sat 8th Feb

Introductory Master Class – Tue 11th Feb

Advanced and Practice Leader Master Classes

Advanced Master Class – Tue 4th Feb

Advanced Master Class – Fri 7th Feb

 Practice Leader Classes – Tue 3rd Feb & Thu 13th Feb



Please note in order to attend the Advanced and Practice Leader master classes an Expression of Interest form must be completed. Completed forms must be emailed to by Monday 20th January. Notification of acceptance will be sent to successful applicants via email by Friday 24th January.

WACOSS would like to thank our Community Sector Partners Communicare, Wanslea, Child Australia, Parkerville and Ngala.

WACOSS is also pleased to be working with our Corporate Partner, Woodside.

WACOSS acknowledges the Sponsorship from the following Government Agencies Department of Local Government and Communities, Mental Health Commission, Commissioner for Children and Young People, Department of Education and Department of Health.

Please contact Carla Lo Presti at WACOSS on 9420 7222 or should you require further information or assistance with registrations.

Self Regulation for Children, Adolescents and Families, A Sensory Motor Approach

Presented at a Mental Health Professional Network meeting in Perth, Western Australia, this presentation outlines an occupational therapy approach to self regulation for children, adolescents and families with a strong emphasis on the defining sensor pathways and how to stimulate those pathways to the desired result.

To view on SlideShare click here.

To contact the authors of this presentation, please refer to our Contact Us page.

Further information about the Mental Health Professionals Network including how to join can be found at by clicking the linked picture below.
Occupational Therapy LInk - Mental Health Professionals Network

Why Occupational Therapy for Your Family?

Occupational Therapists use a knowledge base of neurology, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, child development, psychology, psychosocial development, activity-task analysis and therapeutic techniques. They are trained to treat clients holistically, addressing their cognitive, emotional and physical needs through functional, activity-based treatment” (Williams and Shellenberger, 1996, p.5-6).

It is common for parents to worry that their child is not reaching their potential. Some children seem more clumsy, may have problems with their attention and concentration, find it hard to draw, write and complete puzzles, have difficulties interacting with their peers, need a lot of support to regulate their emotions, are overly-sensitive, have lowered self-esteem or struggle to keep up and participate in sports and games.

Parents find that Occupational Therapy assessments are a very useful way of highlighting their child’s strengths, as well as pin-pointing areas that their child may find more challenging. Parents are then supported to develop a plan to both build on the child’s strengths and target areas that may require some additional support or fine-tuning. Occupational Therapy intervention may take the form of individual therapy sessions, group therapy work, school-based support and liaison, family therapy and parent therapy. Some children benefit from an assessment only, and other children benefit from ongoing support and intervention. Every child and family is unique.

If you would like further information about how Occupational Therapy might benefit your child and family, please see our Contact Us page for contact details for our helpful and friendly clinical professionals.