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Neighbourly love gets new meaning when we see how people help just because they really want to.

We get help in many ways – with school, therapy, accommodation, handing out pills at the right time and transport, and then there’s always an extra helping hand at a time when it is needed most.

We are so grateful that our children can get the love and support they need to live life to the fullest.

Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is the science of looking and treating a child as a total entity by means of appropriate and graded activities, to ensure optimal functioning in the following areas:

  • Gross motor performance e.g. posture, balance, bilateral integration and motor planning
  • Fine motor skills e.g. writing, use of scissors, eating utensils, etc.
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Activities of daily living e.g. self care, life skills, leisure time, play

What occupational therapy services are rendered at Paarl School?

  • Occupational therapy evaluations and treatment
  • Designing assistive devices and adaptations to enable learners to function as independently as possible in daily life
  • Designing hand splints

The following treatment is rendered:

  • Paediatrics – Pre-primary to Grade 4
  • Work orientation – Practical Phase to 18 years old

Main Objective To optimally improve each learner’s functional participation in everyday activities, classroom activities, games (e.g. with friends, playground, etc) and sport.

Candidates for Physiotherapy Learners presenting with physical problems, e.g. cerebral palsy, physical barriers and certain learners with minimal neurological dysfunction and developmental co-ordination disorder (e.g. balance, co-ordination, concentration, motor and/or perceptual barriers).

Therapeutic Interventionare rendered in the following ways: (A combination of treatment modalities can also be used)

  • Individual sessions (frequency is determined by the severity of the dysfunction / barriers)
  • Group sessions (Learners with similar barriers are grouped together. Maximum learners in a specific group = 6)
  • Teamwork: Consultations with Teachers, other therapeutic services, parents, hostel staff, etc.
  • Liaising with physicians, e.g. Orthopedic Surgeon, Orthotic / Prosthetic splints and appliances; or
  • Home programmes
Orthopedic Clinics

Learners who require orthopedic attention, e.g. splints, assistive devices and/or surgery, are seen by the visiting orthopedic surgeon and/or orthotist/prosthetist. The orthopedic clinic is arranged once a month by the physiotherapists. The relevant physiotherapist is present during these consultations and, where possible, also the parents of the learner.

The clinic also liaises with physicians, e.g. an Orthopedic Surgeon to obtain orthotic / prosthetic splints, appliances, etc.

Medical Services

The following medical services are rendered at Paarl School:

  • A permanent registered nurse
  • Monthly visit by a paediatric neurologist
  • Provision of medical prescriptions following the visit to the paediatric neurologist, at no additional cost
  • Dental services
  • Monthly visit by an orthopedic surgeon and an orthotist/prosthotist
  • Dental Hygenist visits as provided by Tygerberg Hospital (4 times annually)
  • Immunisation services provided by the Department of Health
  • Optometry Services
  • Annual visit by Genetics as provided by Tygerberg Hospital
  • Family planning services
Learning Support

Learning problems and learning deficits influence the complete being of a child. This can result in a lack of self-confidence and a low self-esteem. Through Learning Support these learners are given the opportunity to reach their full potential by providing scholastic support to overcome deficits.

At Paarl School this includes the following services:

Assessment The Learning Support teacher is part of the evaluation team and collaborates with the other disciplines to identify specific problems a learner may experience. They establish which learning goals have already been achieved and plan effective support to enable the learner to achieve specific learning objectives according to his/her unique learning style.

TIPS Group therapy is used to render assistance to whole class groups. The focus is on the development of language, reading and writing skills and scholastic problems commonly experienced with the integration of oral and written work.

Auditory Aid Presenting the learning contents of the different learning areas on CD or tape supports learners with serious reading problems.

Amanuensis Transcribing of written work is offered to learners experiencing problems regarding reading, written language, as well as those with serious writing and spelling problems.

Remedial Teaching Learners who qualify for Remedial Teaching are those who experience a deficit in scholastic skills due to factors within themselves or environmental factors. Those learners requiring an unique approach are seen individually. Learners who experience similar problems with the same skills, e.g. language, reading, spelling and numeracy, are seen in groups.

Study Methods Learners are assisted to acquire methods to successfully reproduce information according to their unique learning styles.

Emotional Support

Paarl School offers a wide network of emotional support services, providing emotional support to learners, staff members and parents.

Examples of these services include the following:

  • PickAPearl Project
  • Reach for a Dream
  • Chat sessions for learners – full time person available to chat to learners
  • Birthday “surprises”
  • Feeding Project
  • Second hand clothes Project
  • Annual function to thank the donors and benefactors of this facilty
  • Newsletters to parents and staff
  • Group sessions – sexuality education
  • “Time Out” facility – full time person available to oversee learners in a dedicated area
  • Social Worker

The school employs the services of two psychologists.

The task of the psychologists includes the following:

  • Dealing with applications to and placements at Paarl School
  • Coordinating the multi-disciplinary team which evaluates learners in order to determine the required intervention and whether placement is appropriate or not
  • Providing emotional and psycho-social support for learners
  • Psychometric testing
  • Parental guidance
  • Conducting annual follow-up meetings of learners’ progress through the medium of team discussions and parent interviews
  • Telephonic queries are fielded and visitors are escorted through the school
  • Forms part of the team who represents Paarl School as Resource Centre by providing advice and guidance to schools, parents, therapists and teachers

Referral procedure: The application is initiated by the learner’s current school, processed by the school psychologist at the local District Office and is then considered for approval by the WCED head office. In the case of pre-school learners, all applications first need to be processed by the school psychologist at the closest District Office to the learner’s residential address, before it can be considered for approval by the WCED head office.

Speech Therapy

Main objectives

  • To develop learners’ ability to communicate optimally
  • To facilitate scholastic progress
  • To prepare learners to respond meaningfully to communicative demands in all situations

Candidates for speech therapy are learners who experience problems with speech, language and auditory perception.

Individual speech– and language therapy focuses on the following:

  • Speech problems, e.g. apraxia, phonological development deficits, dysarthria and other articulation problems like stuttering
  • Language deficits which includes aphasia
  • The development and stimulation of auditory perception
  • Hearing tests, referrals and rehabilitation
  • Language therapy in small groups in order to remediate language problems and delays
  • Phonological Awareness Programmes to stimulate auditory skills
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication
  • Feeding therapy
  • Home programmes

Evaluation The speech therapist is part of the multi-disciplinary team who evaluates learners regarding all aspects of communication, namely:

  • Speech and language development
  • Auditory processing
  • Hearing and middle ear function
  • Oral motor function