Occupational Therapy Service for Children and Youth


Occupational Therapy Service for Children and Youth

Working together to build the skills for living a fulfilling life

Based at UniSA’s City West Health and Medical Clinic, the Occupational Therapy (OT) Service offers assessment and treatment for children and youth. Services are delivered year-round by fully accredited and experienced OTs, as well as by professionally supervised OT students. 

We deliver services that are flexible and family-centered, which may be funded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), with rebates also available via Medicare with a health plan referral, and Private Health Cover.

As part of an interdisciplinary service, the OT will work with the important people in your child’s life (for example family, teachers and other therapists) to share goals, progress and strategies. Our OTs can also provide opportunities to link in with other members of our expert team if the need arises. Our UniSA students are another valuable addition to your child’s team; with an extra pair of hands, a fresh set of eyes and flexible opportunities to extend your budget for the delivery of services.

By working together, we can gain a better understanding of your child’s strengths and challenges, and provide them with consistency so that progress can be achieved beyond the therapy setting.

Appointments are essential. Referrals are not required.


Your child may benefit from Occupational Therapy if they have difficulty with functional skills that underpin their ability to learn, play, socialize and complete daily routines.

The OT can work with you and your family, to support your child to build new skills and develop strategies for the following:

  • Fine motor skills involve the refined coordination of smaller muscles in the body, such as those in the hands and fingers, and are essential for your child’s independence with self-care (e.g. fastening buttons, using cutlery) and learning (e.g. drawing/writing, cutting).
  • Gross motor skills involve the use of larger muscles in the body, such as those in our torso and limbs, and are important for whole body activities such as running, climbing, ball games and seated posture.
  • Sensory processing is the foundational way in which your child receives, processes and responds to information from their sensory environment (e.g. touch, sight, sound, taste, smell, movement).
  • Executive functioning enables your child to manage their thoughts, emotions and actions as they plan and perform daily activities.
  • Self-care involves a number of essential tasks in your child’s daily routine, such as toileting, dressing, eating and sleeping.
  • Social skills are important for relating and communicating meaningfully with others. These skills involve appropriate use and understanding of verbal and non-verbal cues, such as spoken/written language, facial expression and whole body gestures.
  • Play is an important part of your child’s learning, development and socialization. It provides a meaningful platform through which your child learns to plan and sequence activities, interact with others, and acquire important life skills across all areas of development.


Our services are flexible and family-centered and may be funded through National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Rebates are also available via Medicare with a health plan referral, as well as Private Health Cover. For more details, please feel free to discuss with our administrative staff.

Teaching & Learning

In addition to providing you with valuable client care, the Service delivers quality clinical education to UniSA students - our next generation of healthcare professionals. Educated in state-of-the-art facilities, students gain invaluable practical experience and exposure to a wide range of client needs.


UniSA City West Campus  

For allied health services please contact:
Telephone: (08) 8302 0986
Fax: (08) 8302 7888

For general practitioner services please contact:
Telephone: 1300 172 996
Fax: (08) 8125 6712

UniSA City West campus
27-29 North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000

Clinic days 
(please contact us for opening hours).

Public transport 
Public transport options are within walking distance of the clinic including the tram and buses.

Tram: “Park n Ride”- Park your car at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre or in the Parklands (4 hours) at Thebarton and catch the free Tram from 1 stop away.

Please visit adelaidemetro.com.au for further details.




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