Child Focused Therapy

We are a small team of dedicated and vibrant therapists offering support across Singapore. We use our expertise to give children the skills and tools needed to positively influence their childhood.

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Who we are
Who we are

Arotahi in the Maori language means’to focus on someone of significance’.This meaning is at the core of our approach when providing therapy,the child is at the centre of all we do. We provide meaningful support, and contribute to the many experiences that shape childrens’ future selves. We believe our approach with children is intuitive, engaging, purposeful, and most of all fun!

Services

We currently offer individual and group Occupational therapy and Speech and language therapy across Singapore. We work with children of all ages, from pre-school right through high school. We also wanted to acknowledge that parents often need some support too, we are able to offer this with online parent coaching.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy:

We build on the specific prerequisite skills relating to childhood occupations. With a specific emphasis on those skills needed for school.
Speech therapy

Speech and Language therapy:

Communication is the building block for which children construct further life skills and relates to all areas of participation at home and school.
Parent coaching
Parent coaching:

There is no parenting manual and sometimes caring for children is tough! This service is currently online.

We are valued

Read what schools and families we care for have to say about us.

5 stars

Ben has been having Occupational therapy for the past 3 years. He loves the sessions that he has with her, which she always makes fun and inventive to keep him interested. She is great at communicating with me and keeping me informed of activities and exercises we can perform at home to support what he is doing with her! The OT’s patience and expertise has helped to boost Ben’s confidence and improve both his gross and fine motor skills! I dread the day she says Ben doesn’t need her anymore!!!

Amy, mum of Ben

5 stars

She is extremely professional and I have found her help invaluable. Not only has she has been especially helpful with children who have fine and gross motor challenges, but she has also supported children in primary who have executive functioning concerns such as working memory problems, sensory sensitivity and self-regulation issues.  

She works very closely with us, and with parental agreement, she shares written reports and makes recommendations to our teachers, so that they are able to support children of concern in the classroom environment. 

It has been an absolute pleasure working with her and I have definitely learnt a tremendous amount about the benefits of Paediatric Occupational Therapy in an early intervention situation. 

Ms. W. Learning support Teacher

Did you know?

Stories from our blog to guide and inform you.

Occupational Therapy at School
Occupational therapists (OT's) help children who experience difficulties with daily occupations. This may be becasue of poor motor skills, under-developed sensory processing skills, executive functioning challenges and more. OT’s believe ...
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Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy (OT) is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the ...
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Can Occupational Therapy help?
ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and ADD (Attention deficit disorder) are two of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. In Singapore, community studies have found the prevalence of ADHD ...
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Frequently asked questions…

Please contact us via our contact page and we will arrange a time with you to have a chat on the phone. We will then send you information about the process and the costs involved. You can then decide if you would like to proceed with the screening and or assessment process.

Occupational and Speech and Language therapists cannot make a diagnosis in isolation. However, we are able to work closely with Developmental Pediatricians and Educational/ behavioural psychologists to share our assessments which will assist in the diagnosis process. We are happy to advise you around whether getting a diagnosis may be beneficial for your child.

The initial screening with your child will give us a general idea around what clinical assessments would be useful to carry out. These assessments will pinpoint specific skills which are developmentally expected for your child at their specific age.

After you have contacted us, we will arrange a time for you to speak with the therapist on the phone. Next, we will arrange a suitable time to come to your home and carry out the initial screening. After this, we will advise you on what the recommended next steps will be. If further assessment is recommended, our therapists will bring these to the next session. Then, if ongoing sessions are implemented (sessions at home are 1 hour), your child's therapist will bring all the equipment and resources needed to carry out effective and fun therapy sessions.

Our approach is definitely one based on the principle that a child's happiness is first and foremost THE most important factor. This needs to be considered in every decision we make for our children. When external expectations do not match a child's skill set, this can lead to low confidence or poor motivation. We want our children to be well equipped to manage life, and if building on some skills to help get them there through developmentally appropriate methods, then why not?

Different people often have different views on a child. This can also work in reverse, where the parent finds it difficult to see the same challenges that the teacher sees. This relates to the demands and expectations in different environments. It is ok to seek help for your child without reported concerns at school. Sometimes children are their truer selves at home.

This question is asked a lot, and is tricky to answer as each child is so different. The answer depends on the severity of your child's challenges, what is done at home and school to complement what is worked on in therapy, and your child's general developmental progress. We will closely monitor progress and re-assess as needed to ensure a targeted approach.

We will talk with your child's teacher to arrange the least disruptive time to see them. In school sessions are 40 minutes long.

Humans carry their own preconceived ideas of how a child should behave, develop and perform. As well as their own perception of what therapy is and means to them. Emphasise the fact that therapy is solution focussed and a positive way to support and care for your child.

Your therapist will have planned an individualised therapy session to work on the specific skills identified in the assessment process. For some children creating a visual schedule of what they will be doing in the session is useful to help them know what is expected. For others, a more play based approach is taken. Sessions are 1 hour at home and 40 minutes in school.

Absolutely! We use the online platform Bloomz, which is a bit like Seesaw or Facebook. However this is private and photos, notes and videos are only shared with you and your child's teacher with permission. Activities to do at home are usually provided after the assessment process, and we are happy to go through these with you to ensure correct application.

Please contact us via our contact form, via email, +65 8180 8503 to arrange an informal chat about how we can work with your child.

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