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What is DIR® Floortime?

DIR® has a deep foundation in the science of human development and can sound very technical at times.  However, it is also very simple.  It is a way to understand our children and each other that builds connections, understanding, love, communication, and engagement.  Through this approach, the true potential of each person can be discovered.

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Aren’t we over-therapising our children?

Aren’t we over-therapising our children?

In today’s times, children are expected to cope with a huge amount of academic, social and sporting activities. A child who is struggling with development is put at a disadvantage, unnecessarily causing stress and low self-esteem. Now days we have the knowledge and the tools to help these type of children achieve their potential and not be held back.  As we learn more about the process of childhood development, we also learn more about how to help those children who have developmental difficulties and rather than just labelling them as lazy, stupid, clumsy or difficult, we are able to provide them with therapy in these critical formative years that have far reaching positive outcomes.  It is important to note however, that if you feel your child does not really need therapy, we would encourage you to seek a second opinion in order to clarify your child’s needs.

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Will I receive feedback?

Will I receive feedback on my child’s therapy, and how often?

Feedback may be given briefly after each session if a parent/caregiver brings the child for therapy.

This may be limited to specific responses and participation in the session itself.  Overall  feedback on progress will be given in terms of a feedback meeting every few months at appropriate times in the therapeutic process.

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How long does my child have to attend therapy?

How long does my child have to attend therapy?

The time that a child spent in a therapy treatment program depends on the extent of his difficulties.

The average time for a child in therapy is 12-18 months.  Some children need ongoing therapy that may last years and some children will require ‘bursts’ of therapy over several years to assist them in dealing with new challenges or demands. Therapy will depend on the child’s diagnosis and severity, how much carry-over occurs at home, how easily the child is able to learn new skills and what the individual goals for the child are.

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How do most children respond to therapy?

How do most children respond to therapy?

Parents sometimes worry that their children’s self esteem will be negatively affected by attending therapy.

In fact children’s responses are usually exactly the opposite – they feel more empowered and confident. Therapy is conducted through play and positive reinforcement and is fun and enjoyable.

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What does therapy cost?

What does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy will be determined by the type of therapy the child needs.

Costs are based on rates set by leading medical aid schemes. Each medical aid will have their own benefits and limits for the different therapies and you will have to contact your medical aid directly to find out what this is.

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What is occupational therapy for children?

What is occupational therapy for children?

Occupational therapy is a health profession where goal is to help people achieve independence, meaning and satisfaction in all aspects of their lives.  Occupational therapists may work exclusively with individuals in a particular age group or with particular disabilities.

In schools, for example, they evaluate children’s abilities, recommend and provide therapy, modify classroom equipment, and help children participate as fully as possible in school programs and activities. A therapist may work with children individually, lead small groups in the classroom, consult with a teacher, or serve on a curriculum or other administrative committee.

Early intervention therapy services are provided to infants and toddlers who have, or are at the risk of having, developmental delays. Specific therapies may include facilitating the use of motor, sensory  and perceptual skills, promoting skills for listening and following directions, fostering social skills, or teaching dressing and grooming skills.

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What is a sensory integration dysfunction?

What is a sensory integration dysfunction and how can you treat it?

SID is a complex neurological disorder, manifested by difficulty detecting, modulating, discriminating or integrating sensation adaptively. SID causes children to process sensation from the environment or from their bodies in an inaccurate way, resulting in “sensory seeking” or “sensory avoiding” patterns or ‘dyspraxia,” a motor planning problem, or commonly a combination of these.

Some signs of sensory integrative dysfunction

  • Oversensitivity to touch, movement, sights, sounds
  • Under reactivity to touch, movement, sights, sounds
  • Specific learning difficulties/ delays in academic achievement
  • Difficulties in making transition from one situation to another
  • Tendency to be easily distracted/limited attention
  • Activity level that is unusually high/low
  • Social and/or emotional problems
  • Difficulty learning new movements
  • Delays in speech, language and motor skills
  • Physical clumsiness or apparent carelessness
  • Impulsivity, lacking in self control
  • Inability to unwind or calm self
  • Poor self concept/body awareness

All children may display some of these behaviours at times. Children may display these traits for reasons other than sensory integrative needs. However, if several of these concerns are noted over a period of time an evaluation may be warranted. A paediatric therapist can assist parents in deciding whether an evaluation is needed.

http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/

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What is sensory integration?

What is sensory integration?

All human beings receive information from their internal and external environments through the senses: vision, hearing (auditory), touch (somatosensory or tactile), taste (gustatory), smell (olfactory), vestibular (movement), and proprioceptive (joint and muscle). We respond to these stimuli automatically.

The term sensory integration refers to the process by which we receive this information, the central nervous system directs the information to the appropriate parts of the brain, and the information is “integrated” or synthesized, so that we can respond to the stimuli in an adaptive manner. Receiving, organizing and interpreting this information is the first step in learning.

The concept and theory of Sensory Integration comes from a body of work developed by A.Jean Ayres, PhD.

When there is a disturbance in this capacity to automatically integrate sensation and respond adaptively, the individual has a disorder of sensory integration. These disorders can have a negative impact on the child’s capacity to learn, to function in socially appropriate ways, and perform the daily tasks of living.

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What is Therapeutic Listening?

What is Therapeutic Listening?

This is a program that provides high quality auditory input within the context of sensory integration treatment. It has an impact on sensory function and the nervous system as a whole. It improves auditory defensiveness, communication , new learning and other higher level skills such as attention.

See www.vitallinks.net

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