Individual Supports

Individual Support provided by Occupational Therapists is one-on-one skill building, aimed at allowing people every opportunity for participation in their daily life activities.

This allows for a focused therapy approach where strengths and difficulties will be understood to navigate the pathway towards achieving goals.


What is the role of an Allay Occupational Therapist?

The role of Occupational Therapists at Allay is to work with people to maximise their individual potential. We aim to build a therapeutic relationship with the person, fostering a safe, secure place to explore difficulties that may impact on allowing positive relationships, community engagement or productivity.

Achieving this will include an assessment of needs that guides the Occupational Therapist on how to build capacity and deliver therapy. This will at times be in consultation with other important people such as family, friends, employers or caregivers, to ensure comprehensive understanding and integrating strategies.

Examples of supporting an engaged life include:

  • Creating routines,
  • Fostering leisure,
  • Building social connection,
  • Managing work or study,
  • Addressing sleep difficulties, or
  • Facilitating everyday activities such as household management and community access.

Programs will be tailored to the specific needs of the person and their supports, drawing from a wealth of innovative, evidence based resources and training held at Allay.

Other supports such as doctors or therapists will be collaborated with to ensure a comprehensive, coordinated approach.


Who might see an Allay Occupational Therapist for Individual Supports?

A variety of different people can benefit from Individual Support with an Occupational Therapist. Ranging from those with mental health difficulties, Autism, or Intellectual Disability, or those with behavioural or social-emotional difficulties. People may be working, studying or in day programs, or living with family, friends, or in group settings.

Those looking for support in the workforce, transitions to more independent living situations, building on their social skills, and those that want better stability in their emotions and sensory integration may benefit from Occupational Therapy at Allay.

What is the background to Individual Supports in Occupational Therapy?

Research continues to uphold that the relationship between people and their everyday activities, environments and habits, is central to building skills, meaning and satisfaction in life. Occupational Therapists will utilise frameworks to address this by understanding potential thoughts, feelings or actions and the impact on performance in activities. Helping people better learn how to increase positive patterns in their lives, creating new relationships and new connections that allow them to lead happier and healthier lifestyles.