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What can I help you with?
Occupational Therapy Services
- Is your child struggling in school?
- Is your child late in reaching their milestones?
- I offer a full range of occupational services for Functional assessment and treatment of children
- Stimulation of expected developmental milestones
- School readiness assessments
- Evaluation and therapy for kids with learning difficulties
Formats for Pre-School Class Reports
- Easy to use formats for pre-school class reports.
- For children age 3 months – 6 years old. Each age band has their own class report.
- Developmental areas include movement, activities of daily living, communication, cognitive skills, personality traits, play, ball skills, and more…
Online child assessments
Child Development Tracker On-line screening tool
These on-line child screening tools were developed with the following in mind:
- To assist parents and teacher to track a child’s development
- To recognize a child’s strengths
Early childhood Development checklist / Mylpale vir Kinderontwikkeling
Determine if a child is functioning according to his/her age level or as a guideline for age-appropriate stimulation activities (for teachers, therapist, parents). This is not a standardized test. Includes age-appropriate milestones from birth up to age 6. It also includes age-appropriate stimulation activities.
Tips for parents and teachers
Tips for kids who are left handed
It seems that more and more children are left-handed these days!!?? This is only partially true as we as parents and teacher are not ‘forcing’ kids to be right handed any more but giving them the opportunity to develop their dominance naturally. Unfortunately we live in a right-handed word as most people are right handed.…
The importance of laterality and midline-crossing
Laterality Hand preference starts to develop between 2 – 4 years of age. Hand dominance should be fully intact by the age of 5 years 6 months old. By now your child should use 1 hand, dominantly, for all of the tasks he performs. If you child is still switching hands to perform tasks there…
How to improve a child’s concentration in the classroom and at home while doing homework?
There could be a variety of reasons why a child is struggling to focus/keep concentrating in the class and home environment e.g.: Tiredness Emotional distress ADD/ADHD Poor postural control Low muscle tone Finding the work too difficult for his/her level of functioning Hunger Incorrect sitting posture Not enough ventilation Too hold/cold in the environment Environmental…
Dyslexia vs Visual Perception
How does the child present in the classroom/at home: 1.Dyslexia Reverses letters/numbers Skips words/lines when reading Performs poorly in spellings tests Has anxiety when reading Guesses words when reading Reading and/or spelling below age level Knows the work when mom asked them at home but performs poorly in the exams Adds extra letters to words/omits…
When should a child be referred to an occupational therapist? (Part 2)
7. Praxis Praxis (also called motor planning) is the ability of the brain to conceive, organize, and carry out a sequence of tasks/actions. Praxis is the ability to self-organize. Praxis includes ideation – motor planning – task execution. Impairment here will influence gross motor skills, planning tasks, work speedand task execution negatively. How will I…
When should a child be evaluated by an occupational therapist? (Part 1)
It is important to keep in mind that each child develops at his/her own pace. The moment a child’s performance is impaired/influenced/limited in a life sphere (school, play, social skills, self-care, communication) the child should be referred for an occupational therapy assessment. If a child shows impairment in one of the following areas and/or struggles…
What is visio-motor integration and why is it important for hand writing?
Visio-motor integration is the ability to coordinate the visual system (what we see) with our fine motor skills (to be able to copy this using our hands). Our visual system consists of 3 factors: 1.Visual perceptual skills Discrimination Memory Sequential memory Form constancy Foreground-background Spatial relations Position in spaceVisual acuity 2. Vision Eye-muscle functioning 3.…
Sensory Integration (Part 7) – The Vestibular System
The vestibular sense has an influence on: Vision Hearing: speech and language development Muscle tone Bilateral integration Motor planning Movement Balance Gravitational security Emotional security Physical security Registration The vestibular system is regulated by two systems: the semi-circular canals and the otolith. The vestibular system is activated by movement of the head (linear, angular or…
Sensory Integration (Part 8): Praxis
Sensory integration – Overview of Praxis Ayres describes praxis as “A uniquely human skill requiring conscious thought and enabling the brain to conceptualise, organise and direct purposeful interaction with the physical world. Thus, the ability by which we figure out how to use our hands and body in skilled tasks like playing with toys, using…
Sensory Integration (Part 6): Postural Control
Postural stability Postural control assists us to maintain postures against gravity. Stability is necessary when we are sitting, standing and moving. It gives us the safety and security to move, if a child does not have this security the child may become emotionally insecure. Postural stability is influences by 4 systems: visual, vestibular, proprioception and…
What my clients say
Carla baie dankie vir jou diens! Jy is vriendelik en geduldig en my seuntjie het baie veilig by jou gevoel!
Did the 15 month online assessment and gave me a good indication of what is expected at this age and where our daughter lies.
You are absolutely fantastic! Within the first week, we could see a difference in our son. When phasing out from his then OT, she also asked what we were doing differently as our son has improved significantly! His weekly sessions helps a lot, and so does the paper homework .. so by so, that he is even starting to ask when we will be doing some homework :-). He is very keen to show us what he has been doing during the session with you, and the video clips of exercises that you send (with the explanation of what it helps for), turns into lots of fun and giggles.
The monthly informal evaluation is also of great help because we can see the exercises being done to enable us to also assist from our side and to know what we can work on.
Thank you for your open door policy and that we can call upon your expert advice when needed.
You are truly the BEST!
I highly recommend Carla she has been very thorough in evaluations and assessments.
Monthly feedback is received and you know the exact progress your child is making.
She is a very skilled therapist. This can be seen in the growth and development I have seen in our child.