Welcome to Allied Health Services

Allied Health Services

Our allied therapy services play a large part in who we are and what we do.

We are delighted to watch the growth of the children and adults who chose StGiles Allied Health Therapy Services.

We offer Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Hydrotherapy, Psychology, Social Work, Behaviour Support (child), Assisted Living Technologies (communication) and Seating Clinic (mobility, manual wheelchairs and powered chairs).

We see the ability within.

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Physiotherapy

Our Physiotherapy teams use holistic, collaborative and practical approach.

We work with adults and children to provide the best advice and individualized treatment in a safe and timely way.

We use techniques like massage, exercises and education to help repair injuries, to reduce pain and stiffness and promote the healing process.

Our aim is to improve function to get muscles moving and active.

Before any treatment is undertaken, our Physiotherapists always perform a comprehensive assessment to gain a complete understanding of the individual's condition.

Our Physiotherapists can help with Specialist therapy treatments and prescriptions for physiotherapy aids and equipment like standing frames, orthotics, mobility aids, pushers and also provide advice to parents and carers on safe and appropriate handling.

Speech Pathology

At StGiles we recognise the ability to communicate is an ability most take for granted.

Speaking is only part of communicating. A Speech Pathologist encompasses all aspects of communication including speech, writing, reading, symbols and gestures in overcoming communication difficulties. We provide thorough assessments and therapy services for those experiencing delays in reaching their milestones, who are talking less than their peers, having difficulties following instructions, stuttering or getting stuck on words, having difficulties being understood by others, have a harsh or nasal voice quality, find it challenging to interact with others or who have difficulties with eating and drinking.

As you don’t generally need a referral from a GP it’s easy to visit us at StGiles to be treated by one of our Speech Therapists. We offer screening, comprehensive assessment, consultative services, parent/carer education sessions, individual therapy and group therapy options, prescription of special needs equipment and even training for other professionals.

Child Psychology

Our teams are qualified to provide Autism assessments for children.

They are also highly regarded for their range of intervention options for children and young adults to help manage social, emotional and psychological factors that may be impacting on a person’s ability to engage in day-to-day living.

During assessment sessions, a Psychologist looks at gaining an understanding of an individual’s adaptive behaviours, or day-to-day activities that help children get along with others and foster independence. A Psychologist may also assess an individual’s development or thinking and reasoning skills. Intervention options may include treatment and management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Stress Response Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, sleep problems, or anxiety or depression resulting from pain management, bereavement, grief and loss, adjustment to disability or caregiver/child attachment and relationship difficulties.

Occupational Therapy

The primary goal of Occupational Therapy is to enable people with a physical, mental or developmental condition to participate in the activities of everyday life. They may need help with the development of play skills, motor skills, handwriting, or simply self care skills (such as toileting, dressing and washing). Instead of focusing on physical evaluations, Occupational Therapists employ a more holistic approach of social, economic, and biological reasons behind someones symptoms, borrowed from disciplines like nursing, psychiatry, rehabilitation, self-help, orthopaedics, and social work.

We look at adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the client/family to encourage daily activities, particularly those that are meaningful to that individual. One way to look at it is, to one person the occupation of “shopping” feels like “a real chore”, to another it’s “fun”, to yet another it’s “a chance to relax”. We focus on family and person-centred treatment programs that pinpoint and target the progress primarily towards an individual's goals and motivations.

It’s easy to visit us at StGiles as you don’t generally need a referral from a GP to be treated by one of our Occupational Therapists. We offer screening, comprehensive assessment, consultative services, parent/carer education sessions, individual therapy and group therapy options, prescription of special needs equipment and even training for other professionals.

Behaviour Support - Children

Our professionals work very closely with the family nucleus to provide solutions focused, strength-based family centred, approaches that inspire and empower families who have concerns about their child’s development and/or behaviour. In order to gain an appreciation of the situation we always perform a comprehensive assessment to find the best solutions for both the family and your child. As such, families are valued as the expert on their child, and coached to explore their own ideas as well as consider alternatives and options.

We recognise this is not an easy process and like to work side by side with families focussing on strengthening relationships, strength emphasising positive values and each family’s unique personality, values and attributes.

Hydrotherapy (Aquatic Physiotherapy)

Our teams love working in the pool where the healing properties of warm water and the gentle nature of manipulation and therapy are beneficial in development mobility, motor skills, walking, standing, improving balance and muscle condition to improve strength and control. 

Hydrotherapy in the therapy pool can improve the flexibility of joints and muscles to maintain range of movement for rheumatoid arthritis, post surgery rehabilitation, or in managing muscle spasticity in children with cerebral palsy. It’s great for cardiovascular fitness, water safety, sensory processing and even social interaction providing security and calming psychological benefits.

Better Start for Children with Disability

StGiles is a registered provider of services for Better Start for Children with Disability.This is a Federal Government initiative to support families of children aged 0-6 years with specific disabilities to gain more intensive early intervention support.

We offer either individual or group intervention programs by therapy service professionals such as Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists.

Occupational Therapists support the development of play, learning, sensory, fine motor and self care skills and specialist equipment to promote independence including assistive technology items for learning, communication and mobility.

Physiotherapists assist children with early motor milestone development, mobility, gross motor skills and specialist physical equipment to assist with mobility.

Speech Pathologists assist children with complex developmental needs, communication difficulties and feeding difficulties and assistive technology to support communication and learning.

Psychologists provide support and therapeutic intervention for children and their parents who are experiencing concerns such as anxiety and depression, or other emotional or behavioural issues.

Helping Children with Autism

StGiles is a respected Tasmanian provider and is registered for services through Helping Children with Autism. 

In Burnie, StGiles operates the Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre for children on the Autism spectrum. The ASELCC operates a hub and spoke model where the service is based in Burnie and satellite services are based in surrounding regional locations. 

Elsewhere our specialist teams are comprised of Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists and Psychologists.

Occupational Therapists support the development of play, learning, sensory, fine motor and self care skills and specialist equipment to promote independence including assistive technology items for learning, communication and mobility.

Speech Pathologists assist children with complex developmental needs, communication difficulties, social skills, feeding difficulties and assistive technology to support communication and learning.

Psychologists provide support and therapeutic intervention for children and their parents to assist in developing social and play skills, reducing anxiety and improving understanding of behavioural expectations and instructions.

Developmental Assessment Team (DAT)

Developmental Assessment Team (DAT) consists of professionals from Psychology, Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy Services we aim to help you as parents/carers and other people involved with your child, understand your child’s strengths, challenges and learning style, so that you can best support your child’s ongoing learning, social and emotional development.

DAT offer cognitive/developmental assessments, multi-disciplinary diagnostic assessments and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnostic assessments.

A Psychologist looks at gaining an understanding of your child’s learning ability and adaptive behaviours. These are day-to-day personal and social activities that help them get along with others and foster independence.

A Speech Pathologist looks at gaining an understanding of your child’s communication skills in relation to their understanding of spoken and nonverbal language; how they use their spoken and non-verbal language to interact and how their communication affects their behaviour.

An Occupational Therapist looks at your child’s play, fine motor skills and how we make sense of learning from what we hear, see and touch. This is called sensory processing and affects how you child learns and behaves.

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