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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:

Play

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

Eating

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.

Self-Care

Un/dressing

Tooth-brushing

Hair care

Toileting

Bathing

Academics

Handwriting/Keyboarding

Specific fine motor skills

Staying put to attend

Multi-step tasks

Organizational and Memory Skills

Community Living Skills

Meal preparation

Laundry

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)