August Newsletter 2014

A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men – Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

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In July the Baby Therapy Centre staff had an afternoon out for a little nonsense in order to build up our ability to work together to the common vision of the centre and well being of all the children and parents who attend therapy here. We left the centre at midday to play tenpin bowling and have a light lunchtogether. As you can see from the photos, all of us had great fun and returned to work the next day with renewed ties and lots to talk about.

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OPEN DAY

The Baby Therapy Centre hosted an open day on the 28th of August in order to allow our colleagues and other interested persons to see and visit the premises. After joining a guided tour led by one of our therapists, visitors could enjoy a relaxing cup of tea or coffee in our garden which is beginning to show the signs of spring.

STIMULATION IDEA FOR THE MONTH

As summer and spring are just around the corner we want to encourage parents to take babies and toddlers outside to play. Research has long since shown the positive benefits of taking toddlers outside to play for at least one hour per day.( Harms, T., Cryer, D., and Clifford, R. (2006).Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale-Revised Edition. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

During the first few years of life, infants and toddlers are trying to make sense of their world. One of the ways they do this is by soaking up every sensory experience that they have. They then take this information and come up with ideas about how the world works. So, not only is being outdoors an enjoyable experience for infants and toddlers, it is critical for their development.  

Here are some outside play ideas.

For babies 0-3 months:                                                                                                                                                                                      

  • Provide a blanket for the baby to lie on.
  • Point out the leaves moving, let them feel the leaves or grass, and
  • Point out the environmental sounds that they hear.

For babies 3-6 months                                                                                                                                                                                                      

  • Let the child explore on his/her stomach.
  • Bring out objects to grasp, books, or activity gyms.
  • Point out the things happening around him and let them feel natural objects

For babies 6 -9 months                                                                                                                                                                                                    

  • Create a texture path on the ground using assorted textures, such as carpet squares, rugs, grass, and resilient surfacing.
  • The children can crawl along this path to explore large motor skills and sensory stimulation (Miller, 1989).
  • Provide tunnels, balls, and different textures

For babies 9 -12 months:

  • Provide balls, bubbles, and toys that are sturdy enough for them to practice standing.
  • For early walkers, provide simple push toys.
  • Attach musical toys, activity centers, and mirrors to the fence at different levels for children who are still crawling and for children who are standing.

For toddlers:

  • Continue to add more materials that reflect the variety of developmental skills.
  • Bring out riding toys and tricycles wagons to pull, baby carriages with dolls, large trucks to push, etc. outdoors.
  • Set up obstacle courses where toddlers can climb over and under material and walk a curved path.P
  • Provide a garden outdoors so that here are many interesting and fun experiences  for both infants and toddlers outdoors.

CAUTION: Never leave young children unsupervised outside.   Above all have fun with your child outdoors!

BRIGHTEST BUBBLE OF THE MONTH

This month Migael Marais was chosen to be the brightest bubble of the month

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Migael has shown much improvement in Speech and Language development. He is using a variety of words functionally and learns new words every week. His joint attention and listening skills have also improved.  Migael also shows improvement in gross motor skills

Our congratulations to Migael and his family. You deserve to be our brightest bubble

Our Therapy Services

The Baby Therapy Centre consists of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech-language therapists who work within a transdisciplinary- or interdisciplinary treatment approach.

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Day Care

The day care facility provides a means for regular therapy for children of working parents.

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Outreach

Therapists regularly visit our outreach site in Mamelodi West.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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