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Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy

Therapy can be arranged directly with the school’s resident therapists. Learn more here.

Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy

Linked to the DSJ, we offer occupational therapy and speech therapy in German. The therapists use therapy rooms on the school grounds so that they can work with the children during the school day.

Christiane Köstlin
Occupational therapist

Martina Hess
Speech therapist

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy translates roughly as “healing through action and work”. It supports and promotes people who are limited in their ability to act in everyday life by training motor skills, concentration and social behavior. For children with occupational therapy needs, it usually involves developmental delays in the social, cognitive and motor areas and is largely play therapy in nature.

Occupational therapy may be appropriate in cases of delays in physical, mental, and emotional development, as well as deficits in motor skills, cognition, and social behavior.

Specific areas of application for which occupational therapy for children may be considered:

  • General behavioral problems
  • Increased or absent urge to move
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Exaggerated or low sensation of pain
  • Academic problems (e.g. difficulties with reading and writing)
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Balance or coordination problems
  • Exaggerated or low self-esteem

Contact:

Christiane Köstlin
Email: fam.kostlin@vodamail.co.za
Phone: 082 367 3948

Speech therapy

Speech therapy deals with the diagnosis, therapy and prevention of speech and language disorders. A speech therapist provides care and support when, for various reasons, there are restrictions in speech, language, voice or swallowing function.

If a child’s speech development is delayed in the receptive or expressive area, if he or she speaks unclearly, if there is a speech flow disorder (stuttering), if they have difficulty swallowing, if the child’s voice is conspicuous, or if they have difficulty with basic skills for the acquisition of reading and writing (rhyming, segmenting words into syllables, recognizing sounds, breaking words down into individual sounds or forming words from sounds, etc.), it makes sense to have an assessment by a speech therapist.

How can speech therapy support?

Speech and language are the gateway to the world. A speech therapist helps children with articulation, vocabulary development, sentence formation, grammar, phonological awareness, and guides the acquisition of reading and writing. A speech therapist also makes recommendations when a child should be presented additionally to other professionals (e.g., physicians, audiologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, etc.) if there are abnormalities in other areas of development such as gross and fine motor skills, perception, or emotional functioning.

Offers:

Individual and detailed evaluations (assessments) and consultation
Individual therapy
Regular interaction with parents, teachers and other experts* to ensure the transfer of therapy to all relevant areas and to evaluate progress.

Contact:

Martina Hess
Email: mh@yhc.co.za
Phone: 082 855 5511

How is contact made with a therapist?

Teachers recommend that parents consult our occupational therapist or speech therapist if they notice certain things in the classroom. Referrals may also come from other professionals such as psychologists or physical therapists. Parents are also welcome to contact our therapists directly.