Mandela Day

Together as a nation, we have the obligation to put sunshine into the hearts of our little ones. They are our precious possessions. They deserve what happiness life can offer.

Nelson Mandela

SAFRICA MANDELA

The importance of the introductory quote, made by the late President Nelson Mandela, resonates when considering the children and their families we are privileged enough to work with. These children are in need of a dynamic, continuous, functional and multi-dimensional assessment and intervention processes which is to include the child, family and the broader context (Meisels & Atkins- Burnett, 2000). Such a process is to facilitate creativity, unity and hope and so allow for resilience, empowerment and sustainability to flourish, which in turn result in the children and their families thriving (Shonkoff & Meisels, 2000).

The aim at Baby Therapy Centre is to put forward a collaborative case management proposal that involves a service delivery team providing high quality early intervention for children and their families by looking at practical strategies on how to include families as equal team members within the early intervention team.

In order to provide an effective intervention service, a team has to develop a helping relationship with the family (Limbrick, 2007).  Communication skills will influence the relationship between the team members, therefore one wants to aim at creating open pathways of communication which will allow for the team to meet the family’s unique concerns and priorities (Case- Smith, 1998).  Families need to feel that they are a part of our team. The increased rapport and better collaboration could contribute to making the process of assessment and intervention easier and more sustainable (Dunbar & Reed, 1999). It is imperial that the concept of family empowerment receives considerable attention as it is seen as a critical component of services for families of children with disabilities (Freud, 1993; Singh et al, 1995 & Staples, 1990 as cited by Resendez, Quist & Matshazi, 2000).

We therefore invite families to be a part of the team from the beginning- assessment, intervention and within the reflective process.

At The Baby Therapy Centre we aim at:

  • Performing an inclusive assessment where we invite the parents to participate and be a part of the multi-disciplinary team who are wanting to identify strengths and provide assistance with any observed limitations.
  • Identifying the family’s routines, activities, and events that occur regularly at home and in their community (Woods & Lindeman, 2008).
  • Coaching the parents/ caregivers within treatment. The caregivers may already be using techniques that are partially consistent with research-based interventions; however, they might not be aware of the importance, function, or extensions of their behaviours (Barnett, Carey & Hall, 1993).
  • Including a reflective process, where the team and the family need to focus on any desirable outcomes the family has noticed, the rationale for goals, how this is affecting the family’s daily living and on how the family’s capacity can be enhanced further (Bailey & Bruder, 2005). This will lead to the team thinking extensively and creatively to help children and their families feel the benefit of early childhood intervention.

In the end, the main goals of an intervention plan should ensure empowerment for the child and family in a sustainable manner.

In conclusion, let us as a collaborative team, celebrate Mandela’s legacy on the 18th of July by remembering what precious possessions our little ones are and contribute to their happiness which life can offer!


 

Brightest Bubble of the Month

 

This Month Qondi Dlamini Is Our

Brightest Bubble

 

Qondi is a bright, bubbly little girl who has made great progress this year with her communication abilities. She is following more than a one part instruction and is using single words and short phrases to communicate. Qondi is also able to identify animals in a book and shows great problem-solving abilities when she completes a form board with shapes and animals. Well done Qondi!

Qondi has been making the most wonderful progress in Occupational Therapy. She is a delight to see, as she is always excited to come to therapy and loves to start her session on the swing. We have been working hard towards Qondi being independent in her activities of daily living and recently she has started to feed herself using utensils. She loves playing with a variety of toys including her baby, building big towers and “making food” in the bead pit. Qondi is playing beautifully and we are very proud of all that she has achieved.

 

Qondi Dlamini Bubble of the month July 2017

Congratulations Qondi and family!

 


Interesting events that took place in June 2017

 

The Affies Boys and Girls Choir presented a beautiful evening with sensational music and breathtaking singing in support for the Baby Therapy Centre and Chrysalis Pre-school.

Affies Concert Collage1

 

Equine therapy for special needs is an animal-assisted therapy to help children with a wide variety of disabilities e.g. autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, muscular dystrophy and other brain injuries. Our special children had such a wonderful day with the well-trained horses and professional staff from HorseWorx!

HorseWorx Collage

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

We aim to answer all the questions you might have about our services and what we offer.

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