Occupational
Therapists in Midrand

Services

Treatment of sensory integration difficulties

Assessment of development from ages 2 ½ years onwards.

Treatment of fine motor skills including pencil grip, fine motor coordination and handwriting.

Sensory processing assessment

Identifying sensory sensitivities and sensory seeking behaviour

Treatment of delays in postural control, balance, eye-hand coordination, ball skills, midline crossing, sequencing and planning of movements

Assessment and treatment of visual perceptual skills.

Improving the child’s ability to participate in daily activities like play, school, dressing etc.

Assessment of areas impacting on reading, spelling, writing, mathematics and problem solving.

Each child’s case is unique and they have their own profile. It is therefore important to work in collaboration with team members to gain a holistic picture of each child.
We start with an initial assessment to determine the child’s strengths and weaknesses.  This comprehensive assessment usually consists of standardised and non-standardised tests to determine a child’s functioning in terms of sensory processing, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, visual perception, cognition and school related skills.
This includes two appointments:

Day 1:

·Interview with parents (30 minutes)

·Full occupational therapy evaluation of child (90 – 120 minutes)

Day 2:

·Interview with parents (30 minutes)
·Feedback with parents (60 minutes)

Treatment

Treatment is usually scheduled once or twice a week for 30 or 45 minutes, according to the child’s needs. Homework will be given with each session either in hard copy or on the SpecialT app. Therapy takes time and we ask that you allow 6 months or 24 sessions of therapy before a re-assessment is conducted.

Homework

We aim to make homework fun and interactive and therefore you will be linked to your child’s profile on SpecialT, where you will receive weekly photos, notes of therapy and videos of homework. You can also make notes on SpecialT and send it to your therapist.
 
-Therapy continues during school holidays and is highly recommended.
-Home programmes are also provided for longer holidays like December.

What we ask of you

-Patience with the rate of development of your child
-Regular attendance of therapy
-Completion of homework on a regular basis
-Your commitment to a series of sessions
-If you are involved in your child’s therapy process, you will notice the progress made

Tariffs

-We charge medical aid tariffs and claim on your behalf.
-Practice accounts managed by Partner4Life.

ReadLS

ReadLS™ is a unique computer-based programme that improves reading proficiency through the integration of ocular-motor control, visual processing, auditory listening, and the vestibular system. The most important aspect here is the integration of skills. Often a child has developed the separate skills, but they lack the ability to use everything together. This is where ReadLS™ plays such a crucial role.

Interactive metronome®

Interactive Metronome® (IM) is an evidence-based assessment and training tool proven to improve rhythm and timing, cognition, attention, focus, memory, executive functioning, as well as motor & sensory skills. It combines the concept of a musical metronome with advanced computerised technology to improve the foundational skills necessary for learning and development.  

Tomatis® Method

The Tomatis® method was developed by French Doctor and Researcher, Alfred Tomatis. The Tomatis® method uses advanced technology and is a natural approach to neurosensory stimulation as it works through sound. The listening programmes are designed so that the music and voice can be changed to capture the brain’s attention and develop motor, emotional and cognitive skills.

Learning Breakthrough Programme

Dr. Frank Belgau developed a tool for NASA which is now available to us. The training facilitates visual-vestibular integration and visual-spatial skills.
·The Learning breakthrough programme provides complete workouts for the visual, auditory and vestibular (balance) systems.
·The way the sessions are designed ensures dynamic interaction between these systems with frequency, intensity and timing.
·It further improves ocular motor function because of tracking skills required in activities.
·It supports interhemispheric organization because of the way the two sides of the body is used together.
·It improves sequencing and timing skills.

Testimonial

Since starting ReadLS, we have seen a great improvement in our daughter’s reading. She now read with more fluency and confidence. The anxiety and hesitance that normally came with reading has abated. Thanks Ingrid and ReadLS.

 

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