A Look at Life in Lockdown

On 23 March, a national coronavirus lockdown was announced in South Africa, starting on 26 March 2020. This required us all to stay indoors, preventing children from going to school, parents/carers from going to work, and families/friends from socialising and visiting. I write this blog on the 17th of September, marking 175 days of various […]

Feel Your Food

Picky eating is a complex condition which can have many and sometimes multiple reasons for it.  Studies have found that paediatric feeding difficulties are caused by a combination of medical, structural, metabolic, developmental, sensory, behavioural and psychosocial components. There is a very definite link between picky eating and sensory sensitivity, and this is what we […]

“Parentese” – More than just Baby Talk

What exactly comes to mind when we think baby talk? Is it perhaps meaningless sounds like “goo goo ga ga” or sentences that simply sound absurd due to being made up of silly words and sounds that have an utter disregard for grammar? If you answered yes for these, then it’s time to forget everything […]

Sensory ideas to play at home with your child

What is Sensory Play? Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. It helps children in many aspects of development including: Exploratory learning: sensory play is unstructured, open-ended, not product-oriented. Encourages imagination and creative play. Problem solving and concentration. Fine motor skills and coordination. Language development: […]

The Seven Senses: 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 […]

Find the FUN in Fine Motor!

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, […]

Enrol your child in the University of the World

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 […]

Happy Homework

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 […]

How can I help my child with ADHD?

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 […]

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