Our Therapy Services

Team Evaluation

At the Baby Therapy Centre a comprehensive, holistic play-based assessment is conducted within a family-centred approach before treatment is initiated. The first assessment aims to determine:

  • The baby’s positive attributes and resilience factors
  • The development status already achieved
  • Possible barriers to normal development he needs of the family for their baby
  • A baseline from which intervention will be commenced

The team conducting the first evaluation consists of a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and Speech-language Therapist. The team recommends possible treatment and management options for the family and determines goals for intervention in conjunction with the parents/care givers.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy in young children is aimed at improving gross motor development. Special care is taken to address factors such as muscle strength, length and tone, range of movement, biomechanical alignment as well as patterns of movement. Physiotherapy in this instance is aimed at producing a fun, task specific, functional outcome. Physiotherapists can work with any child with a gross motor delay, be it a child with a genetic disorder, a brain injury, a developmental delay or an orthopaedic condition. Therapy is play based and at the Baby Therapy Centre co-therapy is used occasionally to get the best results from a child. A holistic approach is always used and there is constant interaction between the therapists from different disciplines.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy looks at the following areas of development in the young child: vision, hand function, emotional maturity, attention, sensory-motor-integration, perceptual skills and activities of daily living (e.g. dressing, feeding, and bathing). Vision is a person’s first contact with the world, and motivates a child to explore his world and to learn. If a child’s vision is compromised, his hand function is often influenced. When a child’s hand function is not optimal it affects activities of daily living and hinders independence. This has a direct influence on a child’s social and emotional development.

The main aim of intervention is to help a child to reach his full potential and independence. The main medium of treatment is through play and interaction. Neuro-developmental therapy and sensory motor integration form the basis of our treatment approach.

Speech Language Therapy

Speech-language therapy with the birth to three years population, comprises Early Communication Intervention (ECI) and Feeding Therapy. ECI is the assessment and treatment of infants and toddlers who are at risk of disabilities or delays involving communication, with the aim of establishing effective interaction between the little one and his environment. The baby learns many communication skills before he is able to talk. Communication skills such as making requests, using social gestures, taking turns in interaction and making eye contact, are the foundation for learning language.

The process of feeding requires a sufficient appetite, adequate preparation of the food by sucking, biting or chewing, safe and effective swallowing of food, and normal gastro-intestinal function. A disorder of any of these processes can result in severe feeding problems leading to poor growth. A speech-language therapist assesses and treats a child’s oral- motor function in order to improve his/her feeding.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is offered by specialised Music Therapists at the Baby Therapy Centre. Music experiences involve and develop the whole child – on a neurological, physiological, sensory, emotional, cognitive and aesthetic level. In Music therapy the child participates in “making music”, either on an individual basis or in a group.

  • Music creates a safe non-threatening environment conducive to therapy and learning
  • Music is a pleasurable and attention gripping experience
  • Music is a strong motivator throughout the learning process
  • Music is a structured reality that induces organised, structured behaviour
  • Music is non-verbal communication and offers the opportunity to express emotions and relate to others without words
  • Singing and playing wind instruments (whistles and recorders) facilitate speech development
  • Music experiences can easily be adapted to suit any functional level, supplying a successful experience and thereby improving self-esteem
  • Music and movement provide an orderly integration of auditory, visual and kinaesthetic stimulation Music offers an experience of beauty.

Hospital Visits

Therapists from the Baby Therapy Centre perform hospital visits in the immediate Pretoria-East area by referral only. All babies and young children can be assessed in hospital with special attention given to infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Aquatots

The Baby Therapy Centre built an indoor heated therapy pool in 1999 and since then has offered water therapy sessions, water-skills groups and swimming classes for our special needs babies and toddlers in partnership with Aquatots.

Aquatots is a swimming program for toddlers, which can easily be adapted for our children with special needs.

Advantages include:

  • Movement skills in the water often are more easily attainable than on “land”, where the forces of gravity are a restricting factor for a child with too high or too low muscle tone
  • The “fun” nature of the program is less stressful than normal physiotherapy
  • The program is user-friendly and parents can participate as well as learn what to do at home in their own pool
  • The handicapped child is offered an opportunity to participate in an ordinary family activity, which has far reaching benefits for the child and family

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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