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MARY HARDING SCHOOL

A Special Needs School in the Athlone District, Cape Town.

Headmaster : Mr A Gradwell
Lower Klipfontein Road, Athlone, 7764, Cape Town, South Africa
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Occupational Therapy

Mary Harding School has two occupational therapists. They render services to learners throughout the school. They form an integral part of the multi-functional team and adopt a holistic approach towards treatment and intervention.

Occupational therapy is aimed at the treatment of learners with physical, developmental and/or learning disorders through purposeful, graded activities, modification of equipment or methods and prevocational training to promote independence in activities of daily living, enable learners to participate in school activities (academic, sport and culture) and prepare them for life after school.

The need for therapy is assessed and learners are then included in individual, small group and/or class group intervention programmes. The aim of these programmes is to promote competence in functional performance areas such as self care, academic performance and aspects of play relating to development and learning.

The following components are addressed during therapy/intervention:

  • Sensory-motor components: considering sensory integration processing and dysfunction and the effects it has on daily performances.
  • Postural control components: considering the impact that muscle tone, strength, stability and co-ordination have oil development and learning.
  • Motor skills: promoting the development of gross and fine motor skills needed to perform daily tasks.
  • Visual perception: promotion of the basic building blocks necessary for optimal understanding and learning.
  • Assistive devices: facilitation of independent and/or effective functioning.

Therapeutic services are rendered to learners in individual, group and/or class group sessions aimed at the development of visual perception, fine motor skills and sensory integration.