What is Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) treatment focuses on helping people with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities to be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. OT can help children with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem, sense of accomplishment and learning ability.

As a child's main job/occupation is play occupational therapists will use play and activities to evaluate and treat age appropriate skills in all areas of development-physical, cognitive, social and emotional.

Occupational Therapy Services Available:

Evaluation and treatment of-

  • Gross motor impairments

Poor ball skills, difficulty/inability to copy movement patterns or assume positions on command, difficulty jumping, hopping, skipping,etc.

  • Fine motor impairments

Difficulty manipulating small objects with the fingers. Observed in tasks such as dressing, eating, beading, sorting and manipulating small objects, etc.

  • Low muscle tone

Presented by slouching in their seats, poor posture, poor gross motor skills, clumsiness.

  • Poor pencil grip and handwriting (often as a result of the abovementioned impairments)
  • Visual perceptual impairments

Observed in children’s inability to copy from the board, shape, letter and number reversals, inability to correctly complete shapes, letters and numbers, inability to complete puzzles.

  • Developmental delays
  • Slow work speed and poor physical endurance
  • Attention and behavioural problems

Should your child present with difficulties relating to any of the abovementioned, you may contact 082 959 7866 to find out more or book an assessment.