What therapies can help your child?
If your child experiences difficulties in the areas of gross (muscle tone, postural control, bilateral integration, balance, ball skills, general skills such as hopping or skipping etc.), fine motor (finger strength, pencil grip and pencil control, in-hand manipulation skills, block building, threading, colouring skills, cutting skills, pre-writing skills, writing skills, eye hand co-ordination) or perceptual difficulties (body awareness, concepts – shapes, colours, numbers, size, directionality – left and right concept, spatial awareness – which enables the pupil to orientate his body in relation to other objects, as well as orientate objects in relation to one another e.g. concepts like above, under, behind, in front, next to, on top, inside are used. Visual figure ground – is the ability to focus ones visual attention on one object, which is a skill the pupil will need later to enable him to focus on one word at a time while he reads. Visual discrimination – the ability to perceive the similarities and differences between objects, shapes and symbols. At school the child will use the skill to discriminate between numbers and letters and also to see differences between two words which are very similar “sand” and “land”. Position is space – enables the pupil to orientate his body or an object in space. This skill is used to discriminate between the “b” and the “d”. Visual closure – the ability to complete a figure, word or sentence which is perceived as incomplete. The pupil will use this skill when reading different handwritings. Visual motor integration – the ability to integrate the functions of the visual system and motor skills in order to enable the pupil to copy pictures or drawings. This will enable the pupil to copy what his teacher has written on the blackboard), then a formal Occupational Therapy Assessment is advised.
If your child experiences difficulties with speaking, or following of instructions. If they’re not able to make their needs known, and are not responding to or responding incorrectly to questions, if they have poor word order, difficulty being understood by unfamiliar people then a formal Speech and Language Assessment is advised. These difficulties could also be related to a hearing problem.
If your child is struggling to socially integrate, make friends, play appropriately or isn’t socialising at an age appropriate level, play therapy may be necessary.
Children experiencing different types of social, emotional, behavioural, and learning problems, including post-traumatic stress, conduct disorder, aggression, anxiety/fearfulness, depression, ADHD, impulsivity, low self-esteem, reading difficulties, and social withdrawal can benefit from Play Therapy. It is also helpful for children whose problems are related to divorce, relocation, hospitalisation, chronic illness, abuse, and death/loss of a significant person.
Play Therapy is a process whereby the professional therapist assesses and understands the child’s play and uses it in assisting the child in coping with difficult emotions and in finding solutions to their problems.
If you require further information please feel free to contact the school at 011 465 2422/3 or 072 650 5666 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.