Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that impacts movement and muscle tone or posture. CP is caused by damage to the brain as it develops, most often before birth. CP impedes the body's ability to move in a coordinated way. It also can affect body functions that involve muscles and motor skills, such as breathing, bladder and bowel control, eating, and talking.
Cerebral palsy can affect the entire body, or it might be limited to one limb or one side of the body. However, some symptoms may become more or less apparent as the child gets older. Also, muscle shortening and muscle rigidity can get worse if not treated in time.
Occupational therapy is an important part of a Cerebral Palsy patient’s overall treatment programme. The goal of occupational therapy is to promote the child’s ability to perform daily rituals and activities in a way that will enhance their quality of life.
Our Occupational Therapists ensure a child achieves the highest level of functional performance within their home, school, public and work environments. We employ an adaptive process to teach children how to perform tasks required in the normal course of a day.
At Anneke de Jager Occupational Therapy, we focus on:
- Breaking down essential tasks into smaller, more do-able steps
- Teaching children adaptive methods they can use to complete tasks
- A child's need for accomplishment, pride, enjoyment and independence
- Helping children develop a sense of belonging in their environment, at school, at home and in the community