Frequently Asked Questions

What does an evaluation entail?

An evaluation is the first meeting between the family and the therapy-team. A physio-, occupational- and speech-language therapist will assess the child’s function and conduct a parent-interview to establish goals for therapy. It is a play-based assessment and therefore it is usually a pleasant experience for the little one. A report of the findings and discussion is sent to the parents/caregivers afterwards.

How much time does an evaluation take?

A first evaluation takes one and a half hours and includes the interview with the parents/caregivers, the assessment of the baby and feedback.

Why does my child have to be evaluated by three therapists from different disciplines, if I am only concerned about one area of development?

It is important to view the child holistically and therefore we do first evaluations within a team-approach.

Why is a Speech Therapist necessary if my baby is not yet able to talk?

A Speech-language therapist focuses on the areas of early communication, hearing and listening, language as well as feeding and oral-motor function. A baby learns to communicate long before he/she learns to talk. A Speech-language therapist assesses whether a baby has the necessary precursors to language and intentional communication e.g. eye contact, turn taking during interaction, social use of gestures, imitation, requesting and protesting.

Does the Baby Therapy Centre have a play therapist as part of the team?

No. If the parents/caregivers requests the services of a play therapist or educational psychologist, or if the team identifies a need for further evaluation by such team members, the family will be referred to a play therapist or educational psychologist.

Does the Baby Therapy Centre provide neonatal hearing screening or hearing evaluations?

The Baby Therapy Centre is in contact with an audiologist with a special interest in pediatric hearing screening/testing who is willing to test your child at the Baby Therapy Centre in Lynnwood, Pretoria. She is not currently based at the Baby Therapy Centre and appointments need to be confirmed with her in person. In other cases, a family is referred to private practices or institutions in the vicinity.

Is there a dietician on the team at the Baby Therapy Centre?

The Baby Therapy Centre runs a monthly Nutrition-clinic with a private dietician, who has a special interest in the pediatric population. This service is run by a dietician and a speech-language therapist and is available to any client of the Baby Therapy Centre.

What is the NDT/Bobath approach?

Neurodevelopmental Therapy is a treatment approach used for the assessment and management of children and adults who have motor and sensory problems as a result of cerebral palsy or any other trauma to the brain.

  • “Neuro” meaning brain and nerves.
  • “Developmental” emphasizes the importance of understanding normal components of movement and other areas of function.
  • “Therapy” is a management approach for treating individuals with central nervous system damage.

In NDT/Bobath treatment, the therapist addresses the disturbance in postural tone and movement patterns. Through a variety of therapeutic techniques and the facilitation of normal movement, more normal sensory-motor experiences become possible and improved postural control and function are gained. Improvement in everyday activities, such as sitting, walking, feeding, dressing and writing is the primary aim of the treatment (www.sandta.org.za)

What is Sensory Integration therapy?

Sensory integration, simply put, is the ability to take in information through senses (touch, movement, smell, taste, vision, and hearing), to put it together with prior information, memories, and knowledge stored in the brain, and to make a meaningful response. Sensory integration occurs in the central nervous system and is generally thought to take place in the mid-brain and brainstem levels in complex interactions of the portions of the brain responsible for such things as coordination, attention, arousal levels, autonomic functioning, emotions, memory, and higher level cognitive functions. Because of the complexity of the various areas which are dependent upon and interact with each other as well as the child’s own personality and environment, it is not possible to have a single list of symptoms which identify sensory integrative dysfunction (http://www.tsbvi.edu/seehear/fall97/sensory.htm)

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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