Curae Occupational Therapy/ Arbeidsterapie

Curae Occupational Therapy/ Arbeidsterapie


Ons het jou gemis. Jy is die beste!!! Dankie vir al jou moeite en liefde vir Adriaan. Alle voorspoed met jou eie praktyk. Sien jou binnekort.

Natasha van der Westhuizen - Pediatric OT
DIR/Floortime Certified
School Readiness Assessments
Special interest in Play and Sensory Integration

Operating as usual


Beste Ouers. Ek vra graag dat ouers wat bekommerd is dat hulle kind/ers in Graad R of Graad 1 aandagafleibaar voorkom deel neem aan die studie wat gedoen word. Geen persoonlike inligting word opgeskryf nie. Enige ouer van 'n kind in Graad R of Graad 1 is welkom om deel te wees. Vorms sal per epos gestuur word en is nie nodig om afgehaal te word. Hierdie is nie vir 'n diagnose nie. Die idee is om te sien hoe baie kinders sukkel met aandag probleme in hierdie twee graad groepe. Jy kan vir die link 'n whatsapp stuur na 0832601950 of die link hier volg:


Exciting things happening. SASIC 1 let’s go 😁🎉


Eğlenceli etkinlikler


I had a little girl who was climbing on all the things non-stop. It felt like no matter how much climbing she did, it was never enough. Like we were pouring into a leaking cup. Enter, Lori, the OT who let us know that maybe her body was seeking sensory input that it wasn’t getting— maybe climbing wasn’t what her body really needed.

We worked on getting her vestibular input— including inversion, spinning, and balance work. We had dance parties and spun her around, dipped her upside down, and worked on a balance board. It was incredible to see her more at ease, able to focus on play for longer, and more regulated throughout the day.

When kids can’t sit still, we get to play detective and work to figure out what kind of input their body is seeking. The key is making a deposit with this input every 2 hours throughout the day. It’s like eating. Rather than waiting for kids to get hangry, we feed them before they get there. The same with sensory regulation— rather than waiting for a child that’s off the walls or melting down, we can be proactive about getting in high quality input. Find a longer list of activities at the link in my bio.

What activities does your little one thrive with? What challenges are coming up?

Photos from Stunoverian Equestrian Centre's post 17/02/2022



Are you or your child a Sensory Seeker or a Sensory Avoider?
Heidi is your typical bonafide sensory seeker;
she adores noise, rough play, being upside down, strong flavours, strong smells, chewing on anything she can get her hands on, and crunchy foods.
However - she hates labels! I have to cut out all the labels of her clothing as they drive to distraction.

Thank You Miracle Maker Mom for this wonderful graphic ❤️


''Anger transference'', c.1954, by Richard Sargent


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” Dr Seuss

Photos from Curae Occupational Therapy/ Arbeidsterapie's post 05/01/2022

H A P P Y 2 0 2 2

Curae will open again on 10 January but I am open to take bookings for 2022.

When does your child need to come for an evaluation?
- When they have delays in meeting their developmental milestones ( eg crawling at approximately 9 months, walking at approximately 12 months)
- Challenging behavior: Frustration, impulsivity, difficulty moving from one activity to the other.
- Difficulties in performing at school.
- Difficulties with attention and concentration.
- Difficulties with grasping new skills: riding a bike, skipping etc.
- Difficulty with independence: self feeding, dressing, bathing, grooming etc.
- Sensory difficulties.
- Emotional difficulties

If you suspect that your child needs an evaluation, contact me and I will gladly assist.

Practice number: +27 (65) 027-1975


Independant play

“After the child’s needs of love and nourishment are provided for, the child plays. If we organize their play there is a serious danger. In this matter the child who goes too much on crutches never learn to walk. Play ought to mean that quality of spontaneity, imagination, wholehearted concentration, and joy which should mark all children at play”
- Thoughts and ideas by Charlotte Mason & Susan Schaefer Macaulay


How to stimulate my 10-month old.

How to stimulate my 10-month old.

Here we are witnessing independent play. So what exactly are we seeing, and what is baby practicing?

1. He is packing out his toy basket- exploring his environment and toys.
2. Putting toys in his mouth- learning about toys, and getting sensory information. Important for oral development.
3. He is pushing himself up into standing- this is important for facilitating muscle tone, working on balance and just practicing to stand independently.
4. He is pushing and pulling the basket- This helps to improve shoulder stability, important for writing later. It also provides proprioceptive feedback. This helps him to learn how his body moves in space.
5. He is climbing in and out of the basket- this is a very very important skill, as he is practicing motor planning and problem solving.
6. Checks in with mom- this is part of emotional development. First steps of raising an independent child is providing the opportunity to separate from mom, but be available for checking in. This helps to form secure attachment.
7. Cruises along the bed- He is practicing how to eventuallywalk independently.

The reason why I’m focusing on this specific video this month is to showcase the importance of INDEPENDENT PLAY!

It can help with:
- Creativity
- Problem solving
- Confidence
- Self-regulation
- Development of social independence
- Attention and concentration

Photos from CMH Workshops - Children’s Mental Health's post 30/10/2021


Photos from Cari Ebert Seminars's post 17/10/2021

Photos from Cari Ebert Seminars's post

Photos from St Thomas Aquinas School Witbank's post 13/10/2021

Spoke about childhood trauma and mental health at St Thomas yesterday, seeing as it was World Mental Health day on 10 October. Thank you for having me St Thomas Aquinas School Witbank 💚


ATTENTION MIDDELBURG - and surrounding small towns

It is almost time for the last quarter of the year, which means next year is around the corner.

Is your child ready?

Contact me to book for a School Readiness Assessment 🎉


How to play with my 7-month old

Stimulating my 7-month old:
- Give you baby toys that are easy to reach. They should be able to move toys from one hand to the other, and it is normal to put the toys in their mouth. Rattles are a great option.
- Throwing balls in the air to practice visual tracking. Give baby the ball to practice reach and grasp
- Putting toys to baby’s side so they can practice trunk rotation, and to practice going from sitting to crawling position.
- Baby will prefer to roll to their tummy rather than spending time on their back so place some toys around them to motivate them to roll over.
- Put toys further away to motivate baby to go get them. Creeping can be seem in the video. Next step by 8/9 months is crawling on all fours.
- Lastly, it is also okay to let baby explore with toys, so sit back and enjoy your baby becoming more and more independent. PS balls are great, they will push the ball and go get the ball for quite some time.


My practice is 5 months old today, so I guess it is time to introduce myself. Here are some fun OT facts about me:

1. I studied OT at TUKS and graduated in 2018.
2. I completed my Community Service at Bernice Samuel Hospital in Delmas.
3. I always wanted to open my own practice, this year I finally did it.
4. My practice name is Curae Occupational Therapy, pronounced Cure-Ray. It means Care.
5. I specialize in pediatrics.
6. My favorite approach is DIR/Floortime.
7. I’m absolutely obsessed with Play Therapy. I’m very passionate about advocating for mental health, especially in children.
8. I’m qualified to do School Readiness Assessments for 5 and 6 year old kids.
9. I love helping moms with newborn babies.
10. Babies. Babies. Babies. Don’t need to say more. I LOVE them. The cute one you see on my page is my own.
11. The best part about my job is seeing how the kids progress into independent little humans.
12. The second best part about my job is when the kids don’t want to leave because they are having too much FUN (haha sorry mommies).
13. My guilty pleasure is my hammock suspension swing. I take lots of sensory breaks in it.
14. My favorite toy brands are Melissa & Doug, and SmartGames.
15. Takealot is my best friend. I order all my toys from them.


Jab 2/2 🎉


A Talk that All Parents Need to Hear




Los die skoene by die huis 😁 👣 🦶

“At the age of 10-12 months when a child begins to walk, the bones of the foot are only partially ossified, are in reality but an orderly arrangement of cartilaginous masses.” - Functional Disorders of the Foot by Frank D. Dickinson, MD 🦶🏽

The implications of this are that little feet are extremely malleable, and will adapt to whatever environment they are put in. We want our children to grow up with natural shaped feet, not shoe-shaped feet. Keep those little paws out of shoes as long as possible. 🐾

📸 @Kai.plasencia 🌀

Photos from Heidi and Me. Our Neurodiversity Journey.'s post 15/07/2021

Photos from Heidi and Me. Our Neurodiversity Journey.'s post




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I get so many questions about W-sitting. This is a good read, and will answer most of your questions 💚


I corrected a child’s sitting the other day, and people looked at me with a question mark expression. Kids have been W-sitting for decades, but child development experts have warned that it is actually detrimental to a child’s development.

🐒What is W-sitting?🐒

This is a common position in which some children like to sit on the floor. They sit on their bum, with their knees bent and rotated inwards, so their lower legs and feet are on the floor beside them. If you look at the child from the top, it forms a W shape.

This may look like an uncomfortable position to an adult, but children are much more flexible than adults, so this is actually a very comfortable way to sit,

🐒Why do kids W-sit?🐒

W-sitting is an easy, stable position for a child to sit. It leaves their hands free to play, and they don’t have to work hard to keep their balance.

Children with low muscle tone, decreased balance, and core muscle control, usually prefer to W-sit.

🐒Is it okay if my child only does this occasionally?🐒

W-sitting is developmentally appropriate, and all children will sit this way in their life, especially around the age of 3 years.
Problems, however, arise when children start sitting this way for extended periods. Children form habits very easily, so preventing them from forming the habit is much easier than breaking the habit once it has formed.

🐒Why is W-sitting bad?🐒

Since it is an easy way to sit without using their core muscles, it may have many negative effects.

🪑It may delay the development of their core muscle control and stability. This may cause delayed development of fine motor skills and mature movements necessary for later skills. They usually rotate their trunk less, so they don’t often cross the midline. This will cause delays in their fine motor development to later be able to cut with a scissor, write neatly, and even tie their shoelaces.

🪑Since the hips are rotated excessively, it may tighten some and stretch other muscles around the hips, causing balance and coordination problems when older. If your child prefers walking on their toes or with their feet turned in, this needs to be investigated further since it may be due to the tightened muscles.

🪑When a child sits normally, they constantly have to shift their position and turn their bodies to play. Children sitting in a W-position for too long makes them reliant on a wide base of support, and they need to shift their weight around less. They also rely less on their core muscles for postural control.

🪑W-sitting can also lead to poor posture later in child- and adulthood, leading to back and hip pain.

🪑This way of sitting can prevent the development of a hand preference. They can’t turn their trunk effectively, so they prefer playing on one side or only use one hand on the same side. This may lead to coordination problems in the future.

🪑W-sitting can cause the hips to prefer to remain in rotation, causing an abnormality in the way they walk.

🪑Children diagnosed with hip problems like hip dysplasia should be discouraged from sitting this way, as it may increase the risk of hip dislocation.

🐒Can it be a sign of other problems?🐒

If your child constantly falls, is clumsy, has delayed motor milestones, poor posture, and prefers to W-sit, consider seeing your paediatrician for an assessment. Occupational therapists and Physiotherapists can also assist with an assessment if you are worried.

🐒What is the best way for my child to sit then?🐒

🦵Cross-legged – try to teach them to alternate the leg going on top as well.
🦵Side-sitting – In this position, they are seated with their knees bent and both feet at the same side.
🦵Long-sitting – both legs straight to the front
🦵Sailor-sitting -both knees bent with their feet touching.
🦵Kneeling or squatting

🐒How can you prevent W-sitting?🐒

This takes a lot of work from your side. You need to constantly make them aware they are sitting in this position when you catch them doing it. Have a verbal cue that makes them aware, like: “sit nicely” or “feet forward.”

Show them other ways of sitting, like crossing their legs or sitting with their legs straight. After showing them a few times, the verbal cue will be enough.

Explain to your child why you don’t want them sitting in the W-position. Tell them it builds strong tummy muscles so they can play even better.

Try to keep it positive. Make up a song, tickle them or blow a whistle. Your child will respond much more to positive acts.

🐒What if my child is already W-sitting often?🐒

W-sitting quickly becomes a habit since it’s much easier for your child to sit this way.

You will need to find activities to strengthen your child’s core, and you can achieve this by allowing them to play as much as possible outside. Allow them to climb, kick and hang as much as they want. Balancing on a balance beam or even just playing some Twister can motivate them to use those core muscles and rotate their trunk.

If there is no improvement In your child’s core strength, consult with a physiotherapist to assist.

Use verbal cues as mentioned above, and expect some resistance at the beginning. Praise your child when you catch them sitting in the correct position.

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Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
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