Are you familiar with the SIAS policy? 🤔 ✨If you’re a school-based or paeds OT, it’s important to make sure you’re informed about child-related policies so that you can be the best advocate for your clients! ✨Would you like to see more posts like this? Let us know 👇 #occupationaltherapy #occupationaltherapist #schoolbasedot #schoolbased #pediot #pediatricoccupationaltherapy #occupationaltherapystudent #otforkids #ottips #otcorner #schoolpolicy
A new day, a new blog post (link in bio) 🙌 ✨We are all individuals who may do things differently, so it’s important that we recognize this in our teams (i.e. you, the teacher and the learners). ✨The toughest part is figuring out a system that will work for everyone in the classroom. ✨In this blog post we discuss a few ideas that could help you support various learners in the classroom: 🪑 Ergonomics 💡 Lighting 🗣 Sound 👥 Positioning 🏝 Calming Corner 🙌 Fine Motor…
Which assessments do you tend to reach for most often in school settings? 🤔 We find these are our top 8 go-to assessments when assessing our learners: 𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 ✨ DTVP ✨ TVPS ✨ Beery VMI 𝗪𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 ✨ WRIT ✨ THS 𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬 𝐌𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐫 ✨ Clinical Obs 𝐍𝐞𝐮𝐫𝐨 ✨ QNST Let us know which ones you reach for most 👇 #occupationaltherapy #occupationaltherapist #finemotorskills #earlyintervention #schoolbasedot #grossmotorskills…
Just because you’re left handed, doesn’t mean you have to be left behind! As a lefty myself, I am very passionate about this topic. I do not experience too many barriers and want to share some tips on how to teach your left handed child to cope in a right-handed world.
We are all individuals who may do things differently, so it is important that you recognize this in your team (i.e. you, the teacher and the learners). You need to figure out a system that will work for every learner in your classroom. What will work for one learner in the classroom may not necessarily work for another. The following ideas will help you support each learner in the classroom environment...
Building a Relationship with your Child
Many questions arise when parents notice that their child is struggling at school or that they are not meeting typical developmental milestones. When a developmental delay or any other diagnosis is made, it often leaves parents feeling like they’re at fault. Just because your child may have a learning disability or a behavioural problem or a physical delay, DOES NOT mean that you can’t have and build great relationships with them!
Becoming Sensory Integration Qualified
The only way to become ASI® qualified in South Africa is through the South African Institute for Sensory Integration (SAISI). They require you to complete all 4 courses to become a certified ASI® OT.
Sensory Integration, in essence, is the organisation of our senses for use. It is a subconscious process of the brain. The brain is bombarded with numerous pieces of sensory information at all times of the day. The brain needs to localise, sort and organise these sensations and thus give meaning to them and decide which information to focus on. This then allows humans to behave and respond to various situations in a purposeful and meaningful way.
Sensory modulation is the process whereby parts of the brain release messages that either facilitate or inhibit the message from crossing synapses. It is the nervous system’s way of organizing itself and regulating it’s own activity. If the brain were unable to modulate sensations, we would be overwhelmed and unable to function appropriately.
Group Therapy Tips
Working as School based Occupational Therapists, we see children for individual therapy and in groups. When possible, we do class therapy. When learners are seen in a group, your treatment session can go from good to bad very quickly. There are many positive aspects about group therapy such as social skills development, learning from another group member and team work. We usually learn about group therapy principals, but here are a few added tips that you can use when seeing children in a…
The Roles of School Based Occupational Therapists in South Africa!
It’s sometimes a bit tricky to know exactly what the role of a school-based OT is, especially in South Africa, where there aren’t many blogs or articles about it. No need to worry! We have you covered. Click the link below for our first blog post on what being a school-based OT in South Africa entails - especially in the public LSEN school context.