15 Apr 2019

What is the deal with tummy time?

As occupational therapists, we are often asked why parents should place babies on their tummies? Is it really that important? Is it even safe? When should I start letting my baby have tummy time? How long should my baby stay in this position?   In order to answer these questions, we must know what ‘tummy time’ means. Tummy time is the common term that is used to describe a baby’s position when they are placed

22 Jan 2019

Handwriting difficulties and how to ‘hand’le them

Handwriting Difficulties And how to "hand"le them   Many mothers that come into our practice have more or less the same question… “How do I help my child with his handwriting?”   Many children that are referred for occupational therapy, especially between the ages of 6 to 8 years, are referred due to poor fine motor skills impacting their handwriting abilities. This can mean any of the following: Poor legibility when writing Inability to write

Hoekom is dit belangrik vir my kind om aktief te wees?

Hier is 'n oulike artikel wat in die Rooi Rose tydskrif verskyn het wat aandui dat aktiewe kinders kognitief sterker kan wees.   https://www.rooirose.co.za/aktiewe-kinders-is-slimmer-kinders/     Disclaimer: This article was not written by anyone on the DOT team, and the article serves as additional information, and can not replace the opinion of a trained

Primitive Reflexes

Primitive Reflexes By Sibella van Wyk (B. Occ Ther UP) Let’s start at the beginning. What is a reflex? A reflex is an immediate and automatic response to a specific stimulus. In other words, these responses are not voluntary. Primitive Reflexes are a group of motor reflexes found in infants. These reflexes start to develop during pregnancy in the foetus and can be elicited after the birth of a healthy baby. ¹ These primitive reflexes