Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy in my practice focuses on a Sensory Integrative Approach and we use the DIR Floortime model as well as the SOS approach to feeding. Parental involvement in therapy sessions is encouraged where appropriate to facilitate carry over between therapy and home environments. School visits and meetings are carried out when necessary however frequent contact with teachers is maintained.

Occupational therapy is recommended if your child has been diagnosed with:

  • Learning Difficulties
  • Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Prematurity of Birth
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder

In addition occupational therapy is recommended if your child has difficulties in any of the following areas:

  • Delayed motor milestones and/or poor motor skills such as jumping, hopping and skipping
  • Has poor body awareness and is clumsy resulting in clumsiness, frequent tripping or bumping into objects
  • Poor fine motor skills – poor pencil grip, immature drawing or colouring skills, difficulty with handwriting and letter formation, poor cutting as well as difficulty completing fine motor play tasks such as peg boards or lego
  • Difficulty with visual perceptual skills – a child who struggles to copy from the board; battles to recognise letters, numbers or shapes; difficulty with reading and spelling as well as letter and number reversals
  • Difficulty with personal organisation or emotional regulation
  • Struggles with various sensory input and is over or under responsive to sensory input leading to fussy eating, picky about clothes or routines etc. For more information on sensory modulation. Read more here
  • Difficulties with fussy eating where range of food is limited to certain tastes, textures, temperatures, colours or smells

Adolescents

We are excited to announce that we now also cater for adolescents between the ages of 13 to 17. Adolescent years are some of our most significant as this is the transition period from childhood to adulthood. With this in mind, adolescents go through major life changes, from receiving more responsibility, increased significant relationships as well as bodily changes.

One of the main areas of focus in adolescent occupational therapy is to improve independence and quality of life using purposeful activities.

Services include

  • Life skills training
  • Individual therapy
  • Social and communication skills training
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Sensory profiling and modulation to allow for smooth transitioning into adulthood.

Therapy Process

Therapy starts with a comprehensive assessment of your child’s abilities to ascertain his/her areas of strength and weakness. This will allow for us to plan therapy accordingly. The assessment will look at your child’s abilities according to his/her age expectations in the following areas:

  • Sensory modulation
  • Emotional Regulation and Attention
  • Postural Control and Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Visual Perceptual Skills

Therapy can take place in individual or group sessions according to your child’s needs and your affordability.

Individual therapy

  • Hour or half hour sessions with individual attention depending on the child’s age and abilities
  • Parents are welcome to be involved in the sessions and is often encouraged
  • Goals and activities are specific to your child’s individual differences and therapy needs

Group Therapy

  • Hour sessions with 4-6 children per session for children in grade 1 and above
  • Run on a Friday afternoon
  • 2 options
    Handwriting – focus on hand function, prewriting skills, pencil grip and letter formation
    Predischarge – for children who are coping well in individual sessions but continue to have difficulty in group or classroom situation

Occupational therapy rates

Assessment

Infant and toddler – Children aged birth to 36 months

  • This assessment is approximately an hour to 90 minutes and includes a written report and verbal feedback
  • R2800

Full assessment – Children older than 3 years

  • This assessment is approximately 2 hours and includes a written report and verbal feedback
  • R3450

Please note that a R500 nonrefundable deposit is required within 24 Hours of scheduling an assessment in order to secure your appointment. The balance of the assessment fee is payable on the day by cash or credit card. You are then able to submit this claim to your medical aid for reimbursement depending on you specific plan and medical savings availability  

Individual therapy

We charge medical aid rates for individual therapy therapy and meetings and will happily claim directly from your medical aid, at their specified rate, for these services. Should you not have medical aid or wish not to claim directly from your scheme the cash rates for 2019 are listed below:

30 Minutes (25 minutes contact time and 5 minutes feedback to caregiver)

  • R400 per session

45 Minutes (40 minutes contact time and 5 minutes feedback to caregiver)

  • R520 per session

60 minutes (50 minutes contact time and 10 minutes feedback to caregiver)

  • R630 per session

Group therapy

60 minute group session for a 12 week therapy programme – depends on the availability of group times and well matched children 

  • R330 per session per child

Meetings

Meetings or consultations with parents, teachers or doctors etc

  • R315 for first half hour
  • R158 per subsequent 15 minute periods

Progress Reports

Available on request or with annual reassessment

  • R650

Home and School Programmes

Home or school programmes to help carry over into other environments including sensory diets

  • Please ask for a quote

 

 

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