What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

A profession that helps a child become more independent in his/her daily occupations.

A child's occupations could include:


Exploring his environment (people, objects and places) to learn through play.


Accepting and exploring a variety of textures and tastes of food. Taking bites, chewing, clearing his mouth safely. Drinking safely.

Social Participation

Interacting with family, peers, others. Participating in group settings with peers.




Hair care





Specific fine motor skills

Staying put to attend

Multi-step tasks

Organizational and Memory Skills

Community Living Skills

Meal preparation


House cleaning

Money Management

Learning personal identifying data, etc.

Clinical Interventions at Jabulani Kids

  • DIR/Floortime (play and relationship-based)
  • Behavioral Techniques (e.g. visuals, checklists, reward systems)
  • Sensory Processing Techniques (sensory strategies to help a child who is sensory-avoidant or sensory-seeking; e.g. use of suspended equipment like swings; tactile mediums like bean pool, messy play; heavy work activities like exercise ball routines and Brain gym activities)
  • Neurodevelopmental Principles (changing ineffective movement patterns of a child with neurological challenges)
  • Constraint-Induced Therapy (increasing the use of an arm/hand with  hemiplegia by constraining the dominant hand) 
  • Social Skills Training (group participation facilitated by therapists)
  • Self-Care Skills Training (increasing a child’s independence with daily activities with adaptations/devices as needed)
  • Handwriting/Keyboarding Training  (using developmentally-sequenced curriculum e.g. Learning Without Tears)
  • Therapeutic Activities (e.g. visual/perceptual skills training, eye-hand coordination, dexterity and bilateral integration)
  • Beckman Oral Motor Assesment & Training Techniques (increasing a child’s skill with feeding and other oral activities)