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Carla Grobler

Arbeidsterapeut / Occupational Therapist
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Child development

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 tasks Difficulty in performing gross motor tasks Preferring not to cross the imaginary midline of the body Not choosing a dominant hand to write/draw/colour…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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