REGAIN JOY AND INDEPENDENCE
Marli Smit Occupational Therapists offers therapy for babies, children, adults & the elderly. Live life to your full potential.
|Monday – Friday||08:00 – 17:00|
|Saturday||09:00 – 15:00|
082 415 0966
Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps you, throughout your life, to do the things you want and need to do, through the therapeutic use of daily activities. Marli Smit Occupational Therapists, as OT practitioners, enable you, as a baby, child, adult, or elderly person, to live life to the full, by helping you promote health, and prevent — or live independently with — injury, illness, or disability.
live your potential:
BABIES, CHILDREN, ADULTS, ELDERLY PERSONS
Let’s further explain OT by using our colleagues in physiotherapy as reference point. A physiotherapist generally helps you move your body and its parts, after sustaining an injury or other physical setback/impairment. Physiotherapists generally treat the actual injury or physical setback/impairment itself, to help you regain movement and reduce the pain.
We, as occupational therapists, help you improve your physical independence in your home, work and school environments. We want to see you perform, function and participate to your full capacity, whether you are a newborn baby, disabled person, school-starting child, adult or elderly person. In other words, an OT helps you live, work and play, with your injury or physical impairment.
We help your
- babies & preschool children achieve their developmental milestones, and
- children function better in school, etcetera.
As OTs, we educate and involve you, as parents, schools, carers and others, to facilitate the normal development and learning of your babies & children. Rehabilitation is facilitated after injuries, or e.g. after neurological incidents, helping our younger clients regain function and live to their potential.
Special interest areas, regarding children, include Sensory Integration (SI), MAES Therapy, Neuro-Developmental Therapy, Early Intervention and Autism (scroll down, to OUR AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST, for more information).
We help with your rehabilitation after injuries, or e.g. after neurological incidents/setbacks. Regarding care for the elderly, we help you, as our client, to enhance your daily living and recover your independence after specific events, such as hip replacement or stroke.
As part of our service offering, we assess and modify your home and community environments to improve its safety and independence potential. We educate you and/or those who care for you, regarding the use of equipment or tools to help you.
SPECIAL INTEREST AREAS
SENSORY INTEGRATION (SI)
Good sensory awareness is the foundation upon which all other skills develop – from gross and fine motor skills, to thinking, perception, emotional and self-help skills.
‘We are one of a small group of MAES Therapy providers in South Africa.’ Movement Analysis & Education Strategies (MAES) Therapy.
‘We look closely at your child’s movement. Not just if they move, but the quality of movement based on our experience.’
Your child’s baby and toddler years are crucial for brain development, particularly if your child’s development is delayed or restricted.
THE NAME OF OUR GAME
Marli Smit Occupational Therapists receive referrals from hospitals, pediatricians, schools, speech therapists, physiotherapists, neurologists, physicians, cardiologists & psychologists. We often work with these professionals – also in combined therapy sessions – to help you, our client.
We would like to think of ourselves as adaptable, creative, active and life-embracing professionals, focused on helping you, our diverse clients – regardless of age, gender, diagnosis, etcetera.
MARLI SMIT, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Babies in Neonatal ICU (where premature babies are cared for), pediatric ICU, cardio pediatric, babies, children.
Adults and elderly persons with neurological diagnoses.
IN-PRACTICE WORK AND IN COMMUNITIES
Children from 16 days old to 6 years of age (within pediatrics). Sensory Integration (SI), including sensory-induced eating disorders, all neurological diagnoses, babies with colic, babies having difficulty sleeping, autism.
PRESENTATIONS, INCLUDING COURSES PRESENTED
Biolink conference (Sensory Integration) | UFS Physiotherapy department (Autism) | PANDA Day presenter | Department of Health (Early Intervention) | PANDA Workshop | Early Intervention course
MEET THE TEAM
- MAES Therapy
- Prechtl’s Method on the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements (Turkey)
- Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy Advanced Bobath course
- WPS Sensory Integration at University of Southern California (USA)
- Neuro-developmental therapy baby course in Johannesburg
- Sensory Integration
- START Early Intervention
- Neuro-developmental therapy pediatric course in Port Elizabeth
- Little Steps.
- Sensory Integration
- Hands on Autism (analysis of behaviour, improvement of communication through the use of visual schedules)
- Tiny Hands sign language
- Practical application to groupwork in OT
- Movement and Upper Extremity Use
- The way forward: intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Sensory Intelligence in Autism and Sensory Play