Our Occupational Therapy offers holistic help to PEDAL children experiencing physical disabilities, genetic disabilities, global developmental delays, and medical conditions.


Clients may have challenging mobility and physical development; emotional and behavioural disorders; and specific learning difficulties. The services are delivered from our State of the Art English Sensory Gym. Each piece of equipment, masquerading as a wonderful toy, stimulates areas to improve developmental outcomes.

Challenges with Motor Coordination

  • Appears clumsy and frequently bumps into objects or people
  • Tires easily
  • Difficulty mastering typical motor skills, i.e., bike riding, shoe tying

Perceptual, Motor or Attentional Challenges Associated with Learning Disabilities

  • Difficulty filtering out extraneous background noise
  • Visual perceptual or oculomotor deficits
  • Difficulty completing homework in a timely manner due to poor organization, poor time management skills, etc.

Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Over-responsivity or heightened reactivity to sound, touch or movement
  • Under-responsivity to certain sensations, i.e. high tolerance to pain
  • Limited food repertoire (extremely picky eater)
  • Appears controlling OR overly compliant

Challenges Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Difficulty interacting socially with peers
  • Individual differences in perception of sensation
  • Difficulty with transitions to new environments or novel experiences

Challenges Associated with Disorders of Attention (ADD, ADHD)

  • Hyperactivity OR low energy
  • Poor impulse control
  • Easily distracted

Regulatory Disorders

  • Behavioural disregulation, i.e. frequent tantrums, aggressive outburst
  • Sleep disregulation, i.e. difficulties falling or staying asleep,appearing depressed, anxious, or obsessive in behaviours

PEDAL favours an eclectic approach, which allows for a more individualized, holistic treatment to occur, tailored to each unique child, family, and situation.

Included in our raft of services:

  • Hydrotherapy with our Education Specialist Jill and our visiting Hospital Physiotherapist, Mary or Suzie. Children with Neuromuscular Disorders, Cerebral Palsy and a number of other medical conditions are well suited to PEDAL’s Hydrotherapy sessions.
  • Hydrotherapy is a physiotherapy treatment that happens in a beautifully warm pool at the Armidale Hospital. Using a child’s movement against the weight of the water helps exercise muscles and floating is made easier because of the buoyancy of the water.

There are additional benefits for children with Neuromuscular Disorder, making swimming a fabulous sport to encourage:

  • Water allows a freedom of movement that is not always possible on land. This is due to the buoyancy effect of water and assists movement.
  • The positive effects of exercise, which result in increased stamina, endurance, fitness and weight control.
  • Breath holding and increased fitness improves lung function.
  • The warm environment in a hydrotherapy pool can help when stretching muscles.
  • Helps to build self -esteem.
  • Social contact with other children.
  • Learning to swim is fun!