Therapy at OTFC

Will the assessing therapist be my child’s treating therapist?

Dino Mennillo (Clinical Director), Ali Moss (Clinical Manager & Senior Occupational Therapist) and Michael Crisci (Clinical team Leader) perform all of the Assessments at OTFC. Ali and Michael continue to do therapy sessions whilst Dino spends the majority of his time assessing, consulting, educating and supervising the OTFC Team.  OTFC has a team of exceptionally qualified and talented Occupational Therapist’s who treat children from Monday to Saturday. Dino, Ali and Michael will allocate the child to the most appropriate therapist in order to maximise therapist/child relationship in order to optimise treatment outcomes.  Please see the website for each therapist’s profile.

How long will each OT Session last?

Each OT session lasts approximately 50 minutes comprising of 1:1 time your child and giving feedback to  family. This does not take into consideration the time it takes for the OT to plan for the session and write notes following the session, administration time to comply with legislation for those accessing Government Funds as well as any other correspondence to other health professionals or teachers.

How many sessions will my child have?

At the outset of your child’s ‘block’ of therapy, a set of goals will be set by your therapist in collaboration with you. These goals will underpin the choices the therapist makes to focus on during each session. Depending on your child’s needs you will have between 5 and 20 weekly sessions (at which point, a break from OT is usually suggested). A break is needed to gauge how your child performs without OT intervention and to monitor their progress. Decisions regarding further OT will be suggested by the OT if required otherwise an appointment for a review will be suggested in 6-12 months’ time.

What is the cost of each OT Session?

The introduction of The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) initiated a change in the fee structure for Allied Health Services. For many years OTFC has scheduled fees beneath the hourly rate legislated, however as of Jan 2015, OTFC aligned with the recommendations and altered the service model to accommodate the significant demands to ensure quality of service and staff retention.  Depending on what government initiative your child accesses, this rate will differ and it is important to discuss what options are available with the support team at OTFC.

Do I attend the sessions with my child?

You are encouraged to attend with your child during a therapy session however depending on each unique circumstance there may be times where the treating therapist may request that you remain in the waiting room. OTFC has installed CCTV cameras in all of the Treatment and Assessment Rooms so you can watch everything your child is doing even when you are not in the room.

Do you liaise with my child’s teacher and other professionals about ways to support my child?

Your child’s teacher/carer will be invited to attend an information evening held at OTFC and conducted by the clinical Director (Dino Mennillo). Following on from this, if you or child’s therapist believes more correspondence is required, or a school visit would be of benefit, this too can be organised. Depending on what is required, there may be additional cost associated with this (please ensure to discuss with your child’s OT).

Individual Clinic Based Therapy

OTFC individual sessions are conducted at 254 Waymouth Street Adelaide in one of 6 purpose built therapy rooms.

Therapy rooms are designed to meet the fidelity measure standards for Ayres Sensory Integration therapy©. Sessions are planned by each treating therapist in collaboration with the assessing therapist and based on the results of the assessment process. The dynamic nature of therapy and the availability of specialized equipment is essential to achieving optimal outcomes in therapy. Parent participation in sessions (as determined by the treating therapist), follow up activities for reinforcement at home and collaboration with educators at childcare, Kindy or school is essential in ensuring change and progress.

Group Clinic Based Therapy

OTFC strives to be innovative and aims to meet the changing needs of existing clients and the community. Commencing in 2014, OTFC offered a number of group programs during Christmas school holidays. This included group programs focusing on; handwriting, social skills, sensory motor and yoga. Due to the success of these programs and client demand, OTFC began developing opportunities to extend and develop these programs into existing OTFC services. In 2016, the final development of the Waymouth St. Clinic included the inclusion of 2 flexible ground level therapy rooms incorporating a purpose built Kitchen and an operable wall.

School Based Therapy

OTFC has developed ‘clinic’ based therapy as the ‘core therapy’ offered and has sustained this approach for nearly 30 years. In order to meet the demands of client services and to continue to evolve, school based therapy has developed as an extended service. To provide the level of therapy that has been integral in establishing OTFC services ‘school based’ therapy has been negotiated between the school and OTFC management. Each school that offers services in conjunction with OTFC has developed a ‘sensory room’ that meets specific requirements in order to ensure that therapy at school is comparable to what is offered in the clinic. The Schools OTFC currently services are:

  • Star of The Sea Primary School
  • Rostrevor College

In 2017 we are pleased to announce we will be expanding the number of schools we will be collaborating with.

If you would like OTFC to come into your school, please email to discuss