Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Dorine | 2012/04/21


Occupational Therapy

The teachers of both my girls (aged 4 and 6 - Grade 00 and Grade 0) have both approached me to advise the girls would need occupational therapy. The school seems to be a big fan of OT and is sending about 1 child in 4 to therapy.

The reason the teacher of my youngest came up with, was that she isn''t sitting still during story time.
For my oldest, her teacher mentioned she has an awkward way of skipping and isn''t holding her pencil correctly. (Oh and she is singing to herself while twirling around)

I''m sure there is no harm in sending them to OT, but we just find ourselves in a very tight financial situation. The assessment alone is about R2000 per child...

We have also just moved from jo''burg to kzn and moved schools and houses obviously. I would be in favour of waiting a little while before rushing them into anything.

Are schools too quick in sending kids to OT? (It feels a bit like a money-making scheme to me) Will I harm my 4- and 6-year old if I wait for a little?

I would really appreciate your response as well as maybe advise on where the have an objective assessment of my children (and a second opinion).

Expert's Reply



Children of this age are often a little clumsy.Singing to oneself is lovely.All of this seems to be perfectly normal. There does not seem to be any valid reason why your girls would need to see an OT. Get them to colour in regularly at home.Let them try to pick up pencils off the floor with their toes. Teach your older daughter to skip.Your daughters seem to be be very happy and healthy.

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Posted by: Nikki | 2012/04/24

Hi Dorine,

I have the same problem as you. My 4 year old is ''behind'' as he does not know what a Pentagon and an Octagon are. HUH? Some adults do not know what those are. I think some people are getting kick backs from the therapists...

I am doing my own homework with my boys, as the Prof suggested to you. I have found a website '''', they have wonderful suggestions to help the kids.

We also cannot afford the OT fees and our medical does not cover it. I think we as mothers have to be creative and do our own teaching where we can. We did not have OTs in our days of school and I don''t think our generation turned out to be so bad.

Go with your gut feel. You have been blessed with a woman''s intuition, so use it. Hope my 2 cents helps!

Have fun.

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