Paediatric Occupational Therapy
In paediatrics, OT’s work with children with a variety of difficulties, including, amongst others, barriers to learning, such as sensory processing disorders; dyspraxia; developmental coordination disorders; AD(H)D; autistic spectrum disorders; developmental delays; neurodevelopmental diagnoses and genetic disorders. These difficulties often result in children struggling with tasks that involve coordination; motor planning; maintaining a good sitting posture; handwriting; drawing; colouring-in and cutting.
Goal Directed Activities
By engaging children in goal directed activities, occupational therapists enable children to participate in their environments in a significant manner by further developing their sensory integration abilities, gross and fine motor skills, visual-perceptual skills and self-care abilities. This enables them to participate to their full potential in their most meaningful occupations, which are school- and play- based. Occupational Therapy also helps to develop children’s sense of accomplishment, self-confidence and emotional well-being.
Dedicated Occupational Therapist with a special interest in the treatment of children with barriers to learning.
After graduating from the University of Cape Town (UCT) with a BSc Occupational Therapy degree in 2007, Nicole completed her community service year at Ngwelezane Hospital, Empangeni. She went on to work at The London Children’s Practice in England, before returning to Cape Town in 2009, to work at Step by Step Occupational Therapy Practice at Reddam House School. She now owns and manages this practice. She became certified in Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI) Therapy in 2012. She is is a registered DIR® Floortime™ Practitioner and Tomaties®/Solisten® Practitioner.
Nicole strives to ensure that each child she treats is better understood by his or her parents and class teacher. She encourages each child to be the best that they can be.
Maryke van Heukelum
Enthusiastic and dynamic occupational therapist with a passion for enabling children to reach their full potential.
After graduating from Stellenbosch University Maryke did her community service year in Mandisa Shiceka Clinic in Hammanskraal, just North of Pretoria. Thereafter she worked at Vera School for children with Autsim where her passion for working in a school setting was evoked. In addition she did locum work in a well-known private practice in Rondebosch after her school hours.
Maryke has a gentle and warm nature. She likes to really get to know the children she treats and form a special bond with them. Maryke values working collaboratively with relevant team members. She has a gift for understanding each child holistically and involving the family in order to further a child’s progress. She is currently furthering her training in Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI) Therapy.
A gentle and passionate paediatric Occupational Therapist who strives toward bringing out the best in each child, in a playful, child-centred manner.
Hanri obtained her B.Occ.Ther degree at the University of Pretoria in 2008. After completing her community service year in Tonga, Mpumalanga (2009), she shifted her focus to the field of paediatrics. She has worked in private practice since 2010, mainly seeing children with developmental delays, barriers to learning and sensory integration difficulties. She completed her training in Ayers Sensory Integration in 2016 and she is currently furthering her training in DIR® Floortime™.
Hanri has a special interest in young children with sensory processing difficulties and developmental delays. Children with challenges related to sensory processing are often misunderstood and have great difficulty fitting in. Hanri is passionate about helping these children to not merely fit in, but to rise to their full potential.
Compassionate professional with a desire to see children grow their capacities to live full, happy lives.
Jess graduated from UCT with a BSc Occupational Therapy degree in 2009 and is currently finishing her masters degree in Occupational Therapy, specializing in family focused intervention in early childhood development. She has worked at the University of Cape Town as a clinical educator in the Occupational Therapy division, as well as with NGOs working in early childhood development and community development.
Jess loves to create safe and playful spaces in therapy for children to build confidence in their skills so that they can prosper in the world around them. Jess is passionate about applying occupational therapy to promote social inclusion for children from all contexts.
Passionate and energetic occupational therapist with a playful, fun-loving nature.
Robyn has worked in paediatrics since graduating from Stellenbosch University in 2011. She initially started working at a Private Practice before gaining experience at Tygerberg Academic hospital for a few years. She has recently returned from London where she was working in community paediatrics for the NHS and is currently furthering her training in Ayres Sensory Integration®.
Robyn views the child as an individual with his/ her own characteristics, personality and aptitudes. She loves to grow a child’s confidence in themselves and their abilities, empowering them to take on the challenges that the world presents and ensuring that they unlock their full potential. She is full of fun and games, striving to ensure success and learning from a child through play.
Gentle and empathetic occupational therapist who will go the extra mile for each child.
After qualifying at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2013, with a B. Occupational Therapy degree, Stacey went on to complete her community service in Northern KZN at Vryheid District Hospital. In 2015, she worked in the at Thuthukani Special School. She moved to a private school in June 2016 and worked in the classroom setting, where she was able to see the true value of working in multidisciplinary setting in order to fully support the child.
Seeking more experience in the area of sensory integration and school-based intervention, Stacey began working at Step by Step Occupational Therapy in October 2017. She is currently furthering her training in Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI) therapy.
Stacey is a gentle and optimistic occupational therapist who is passionate about working with children. She is a firm believer that working as a team for the child is the best way to help them reach their full potential.
Passionate, hardworking, dependable occupational therapist with a natural feel for working with children. She strives to work with each child’s individual abilities and is a great believer in uniqueness.
Bianca obtained her B. Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Free State in 2013 and completed her community service year at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria. From 2015-2017 she worked in a Paediatric Private Practice at Eduplex School in Queenswood, Pretoria. Here she worked with children between 3-12 years old, many of which had cochlear implants and hearing difficulties. She was part of a multidisciplinary team consisting of Audiologists, Speech and Language Therapists and Play therapists. During 2017 Bianca also started to work in the field of medico-legal and Third Party Functional Capacity claims and has since become WorkWell certified. She will be completing her Sensory Integration certification in 2018.
Bianca has a passion for working with children with sensory processing difficulties and developmental delays, especially regarding gross motor skills. She loves a challenge and always strives towards engaging on the child’s level and tapping into their creativity and abilities to further equip them in daily activities.