What is Paediatric Occupational Therapy (OT)?
Occupational therapy has a holistic approach. It looks at all the different areas of the client’s life to ensure optimal functioning. Paediatric OT’s specialises in early childhood development disorders.
Sensory Integration and Processing Therapy is used by Paediatric Occupational Therapists. This specialised therapeutic technique assists the child to experience the 7 senses (see, hear, feel, taste, smell, move and feel position of joints). These sensations have to integrate and have to be processed and then the child reacts to it. This reaction is seen as behaviour.
Occupational Therapists improve children’s independence in daily tasks such as dressing, grooming, mealtimes, hygiene and other household or school activities.
We develop the children’s physical abilities, creative thinking and social skills – all essential for confident interactions and successful play.
We promote the student’s ability to take in and organise information. Also, to express their knowledge efficiently and independently.
We aim for students to become more attentive, organised and productive with their school work.
How long will it take for my child to improve?
It depends on your child’s problems and the frequency of doing exercises / therapy. The brain needs to build new pathways, so it is vitally important to repeat the same exercises 5 times per week. Two days of rest is needed to “cement” the new pathways.
Are the changes permanent?
Yes, new brain pathways (neurons and dendrites) are built and as long as the child uses these through normal exercise and play, it will become part of the permanent brain structure.
How often should I get my child to do these exercises?
Do the exercises 5 times a week, then 2 days to rest and to give the brain the opportunity to “cement” the new structures.
How will these play skills improve my child’s fine motor skills and handwriting?
CoordiKids works on Sensory Motor Skills which is the foundation for efficient postural control, brain bridging and gross motor skills. This is the precursor to fine motor skills and handwriting.
You child will gain a strong core and seated posture. This allows the child to sit still at a table and use their hands in a co-ordinated manner. Without a strong core, your child will slouch when sitting or even fall off the chair. A strong foundation will enable the child to stabilise the body and to concentrate on fine motor skills and handwriting.
Are there any tips I can pass on to the teacher?
Communicating your involvement in CoordiKids to your child’s teacher is a good idea. Teachers can make use of the CoordiKids in the classroom to support not only children with higher support needs, but all children as they benefit from movement by preparing their bodies and minds for learning. Classroom recommendations are available on the CoordiKids website http://www.coordiclass.com
Can this program improve my child’s ability to sit still, attend and concentrate?
Yes, by completing CoordiKids thoroughly your child’s nervous system should mature and support their balance, posture and muscle endurance to allow them to stay in a seated position for a longer period of time. This will provide them with the ability to concentrate on the teacher’s instructions, to focus on their work and to be ready to learn in school.
My child does not have problems – why use the program?
Problems might only come to light once the child finds it difficult to progress in school. This program prevents problems and might make you aware of problem areas in development even before the child has functional issues.
How can I measure improvement?
The ideal number of repetitions and the ideal posture are demonstrated in the videos. If your child can reach the target of each fortnight, you know he is progressing.
What changes do I look out for?
- Improved ability to sit still
- Enjoyment of movement activities
- Emotional maturation
- Improved concentration
- Improved awareness
- Improved motor skills
- Improved balance
- Improved self-confidence
Why does my child have sensory processing issues?
There are many theories, including premature birth, stress at the time of birth, repetitive ear infections and many more – sometimes there is no history. The important thing is to address the problem areas and not focus on “Why?”.
What did we do wrong when the child was younger?
Nothing. You are here to find help and this is what we’ll provide.
My child has social issues, can this improve as well?
Yes, improved ability to participate in all the games peers play boosts self-confidence. Also, improved awareness of self and the environment paves the way to improved social awareness and the ability to read social cues.
What do we do about the toileting problems?
Improved awareness, improved skills and improved self-control most often minimize toileting issues.
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