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Why parents need Sensory Intelligence®

I have been working as an occupational therapist in a clinical setting for the past 20 years. Although the hands-on part of my work involves individual therapy with children, I have learnt over the years that a child cannot be treated in isolation. The importance of family members and dynamics must always be taken into [...]

By | March 25th, 2019|Education blog, General Blog|0 Comments

Teaching in a pressure cooker

In this beautiful country we love to call home, we too often see the destructive consequences of prolonged stress and bottled up emotions: High frustration levels Anxiety Passive-aggressive behaviour Violence It saddens me to realize that our schools have also fallen prey to this emerging epidemic. Anger outbursts from educators, learners and parents are becoming [...]

By | February 21st, 2019|Blog general, Education blog|0 Comments

Falling (and staying) in love

Falling in love must be one of the most surreal human experiences. That racing heart, sweaty palms, pointless giggles, focused attention on another person and an increased ability to recognise the finest detail of the lucky recipient of your affection. It feels like you’re floating in a bubble of excitement and happiness and all you [...]

By | February 13th, 2019|Blog general|0 Comments

Love like Papa Smurf

As a youngster growing up in the 80’ies, I loved watching The Smurfs on TV. We were allowed only a limited amount of screen time, so you had to prioritise… and The Smurfs always made the cut! For some reason these tiny blue creatures fascinated me. They all lived peacefully in harmony with nature and, [...]

By | February 6th, 2019|Blog general, Education blog|0 Comments

OVER & OUT

   Year end functions                 Budgeting                           Christmas shopping                           EXAMS               Work deadlines                       Holiday [...]

By | December 4th, 2018|Blog general, General Blog|0 Comments

The best Christmas gift of all

I know it might still be a few weeks away, but there’s that feeling in the air… Christmas is around the corner! Slowly but surely shopping centers are bringing their Christmas trees out of storage, dusting off the decorations and making plans to outshine last years’ colourful display. Suitable “body types” are being approached to [...]

By | November 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Choose your addictive habits wisely

I was recently taken by surprise, when an interesting new feature called “Screen Time” appeared on my phone after an operating system upgrade. This feature reports how much time you’ve spent using your phone. It also breaks it up into categories such as productivity, reading and reference, social networking and entertainment. Now your daily usage [...]

By | October 19th, 2018|Blog general, General Blog|0 Comments

Calming anxious kids through sensory play

I consider myself one of the lucky people who experienced a mainly stress-free childhood. Afternoons were filled with valuable fun times spent with friends. After school and (a little bit of) homework, we’d ride our bicycles to the park, play on the slides and swings, climb trees, bake mud cakes, build imaginary castles in the [...]

By | September 26th, 2018|Education blog|0 Comments

25% of people dislike eating the skin of fruit. Are you one?

ARE YOU A FUSSY EATER?   Parents often consult Occupational Therapists when trying to address their children’s picky eating habits. The parents’ most common concerns typically include: refusal to eat yoghurt with whole fruit pieces gagging when they attempt to eat fruit with pips avoiding unpeeled fruit not tolerating different foods on their plate touching [...]

By | August 29th, 2018|Blog general, General Blog|0 Comments

49% of people like rollercoasters. Are you one?

As a child, I remember visiting the amusement park at the Rand Easter show with my family. We were very excited at the prospect of going on “The Big Dipper”. In those years it was one of the best rollercoaster rides. I recall standing in the queue, waiting my turn and getting overwhelmed with excitement [...]

By | August 13th, 2018|Blog general, General Blog|0 Comments