OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AT ST. JOSEPH’S SPECIAL SCHOOL
The 3 Occupational Therapists (OT’s) working at St. Josephs’ Special School are experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic in there therapy duties.
They are Annelie Bester, Audrey Bloemfontein and Badiah Nagia.
Occupational Therapy at our school focuses on various developmental and scholastic aspects of our special learners aged 5 to 18 years. Our main aim is to promote and facilitate functional independence with our special needs learners. We do so by facilitating development and growth in Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, visual perception and daily living skills.
Our approach in therapy is “Fun-based”. We use therapeutic techniques and activities of play and we incorporate literacy, numeracy and basic concepts into therapy sessions.
We provide / responsible for:
Play activities and games to facilitate improvement in gross motor development, fine motor skills, overall perception and daily living skills.
Motor skills training.
Daily living skills
Weekly meetings with therapists at the St. Joseph’s Home, discuss therapy, discharge plans and school applications.
Once a week for 8 learners, annual program
Focus on muscle tone, coordination, hyperactivity, overcoming fears
Screening assessments of new learners to be admitted to our school.
Complete the application and admission process (parent interviews, assessments, correspondence with Education District and Head office)
Provide in-service training to our staff at school
Outreach (present training workshops) to other schools as identified by the District
UCT 3rd and 4th year OT students
UWC 3rd year students
Emergency medical needs
Produce and direct the annual production.
Concert clothes management.
Coach the junior and senior Netball teams.
Attend sports meetings.