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MY CHILD ISN’T TALKING YET…SHOULD I BE WORRIED?

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Do you have a child that isn’t talking yet? Are you becoming concerned? Does the following sound familiar? “I’ve chatted to a few other Mom’s and Gran’s on social media, and they say it’ll come, don’t worry, give them time. Uncle so and so didn’t talk until he was 3, and boys talk late.” “I took him to the GP who said wait until X years old, give him time.”…

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FIND THE FUN IN FINE MOTOR!

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Why do we need fine motor skills? Fine motor skills are achieved when children learn to use their smaller muscles, like muscles in the hands, fingers and wrists with precision and coordination. Fine motor skills are essential for performing everyday skills such as: Self-care tasks: brushing teeth, tying shoelaces, manipulating buttons/fasteners/zips/velcro on clothing, using cutlery, household chores and toileting. Academic skills: pencil skills (for handwriting, drawing and colouring), cutting and…

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How can I help my child with ADHD?

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a controversial topic amongst parents, teachers and health care professionals. It sparks passionate debates about the diagnosis and treatment of this condition, with many opinions and beliefs. Some believe that medical intervention alone is sufficient treatment for ADHD, while others feel that medical doctors and psychiatrists over-prescribe and diagnose children with ADHD. Let’s take a closer look at this condition and the various treatment…

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What is Occupational Therapy

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  What is Occupational Therapy? Occupational therapy, otherwise known as “OT” is a holistic profession that helps people, across all ages, achieve independence in their daily life activities or occupations. As therapists we make use of these occupations as both the intervention and outcome of therapy, hence the name occupational therapy. In the paediatric setting, therapists make use of and engage a child in their primary childhood occupation – PLAY….

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My Child has been referred to Occupational Therapy! What is it? Does he really need it?

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What is Occupational Therapy? Occupational therapy, otherwise known as “OT” is a holistic profession that helps people, across all ages, achieve independence in their daily life activities or occupations. As therapists we make use of these occupations as both the intervention and outcome of therapy, hence the name occupational therapy. In the paediatric setting, therapists make use of and engage a child in their primary childhood occupation – PLAY. Through…

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Seven Senses

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An introduction to Sensory Integration What is Sensory Integration? Sensory Integration is the “organisation of sensations for use”. Our senses give us information about our body as well as the world around us. Sensory information flows into the brain at every moment, and the brain has to organise them so that we can move, learn and behave appropriately. This process of organisation gives meaning to what we have experienced by…

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Enrol your child in the University of the World

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Fun, everyday activities to strengthen some of the foundational skills that your child needs for academic learning. Skills subserving classroom performance We are often so keen to get our children reading and writing, that we sometimes miss out on valuable opportunities to strengthen the foundations on which these skills are built. Apart from feeling emotionally secure, there are a few underlying skills that subserve learning. These are: • Postural control…

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Happy Homework

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5 Tips for making homework easier and less stressful It is the start of the new school year and just the thought of homework can already make us feel like we need another holiday. That ’s why the Occupational Therapists at Success Therapy Centre put together a list of tips that will help make homework a little less stressful for you and your child. 1. Get the workspace sorted It…

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