Let me assist your child to reach their full potential.
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
What is bilateral integration?
That is the ability of both sides of the body to work together to perform a task. Signs/symptoms of a child struggling with bilateral integration Appearing to be uncoordinated when doing tasksDifficulty in performing gross motor tasksPreferring not to cross the imaginary midline of the bodyNot choosing a dominant hand to write/draw/colour (after age 5)Swapping…
The basics about balance
Balance is a multi-sensory activity that enables us to know where our bodies are in the environment and to maintain a certain position. Normal balance depends on information from the inner ear (vestibular system), other senses (such as sight and touch) and muscle movement (motor skills and proprioception). Our sense of balance is specifically regulated…
ADHD and/or ADD
The following is taken from Kaplan and Saddock (the book that the doctors use for diagnosing children). Diagnostic criteria according to the DSMV Either (1) or (2): Inattention: six (or more) of the following symptoms of inattention have persisted for at least six months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level:…
Why is crawling important?
We see kids crawling in different ways – so which way is the correct way? The correct way is for the baby to place weight on his straight arms and bent hips and knees. Crawl contra-laterality by moving forward with his left hand and right knee at the same time and vice versa. What are…
Kids and bullying
Bullying happens in all schools although the schools attempt to eradicate this. We get different types of bullying: Physical bullying: Taking someone’s lunch money, pushing, hitting, etc / Threatening someone with physical violence Emotional bullying: The moment teasing becomes constant and hurtful then it is classified as bullying / Spreading rumours / By gossiping but…
Kids and behavioural problems
It is important to remember that kids cannot always name their emotions and tell us why they are feeling the way they do thus their emotions are expressed through their behaviour. Also remember that a child doesn’t always immediately react to stress but it may only exhibit in their behaviour days/weeks/months later. Types of behavioural…
Why is the correct pencil grip important?
What is the correct grip? The dynamic tripod grip (as in the image above). The pencil is held between the thumb and index finger, with the pencil resting against the middle finger. An efficient pencil grip facilitates legibility, letter formation, speed and endurance. An efficient pencil grip is one in which the writing tool is…
Is a walking ring & jollyjumper good for my baby?
Anything is extremes are usually unhealthy. Having your baby in a jolly-jumper or walking ring for 15 minutes per day (NO MORE) will not hamper his / her progress. However, prolonged use of a jolly-jumper or walking ring will influence your baby’s development. When a baby is placed in a walking ring or jolly jumper…
How does low muscle tone affect my child?
Muscle tone refers to the natural stress in the muscle when at rest. It is not the same as muscle strength. A child with a natural lower tone in his muscle will use his muscles with more effort than a child with normal muscle tone. Children with low muscle-tone therefore tire easily, or they move…
Why do some children struggle to write neatly?
Causes of poor handwriting Poor visual perceptual skills Poor muscle tone Poor postural control Poor fine eye-hand coordination Poor hand function Poor motor planning Poor sensory integration Poor visio-motor integration Poor concentration ADHD/ADD Cognitive and psychological factors Dysgraphia: this is a neurological disorder resulting in problematic handwriting. This disorder sometimes accompanies ADHD, Asperger’s, learning disabilities,…
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.