Downs Syndrome, and Dyspraxia
What is Occupational Therapy?
In its simplest terms, occupational therapists help people across their lifespan to participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
There are three aspects to any OT service:
Denzil Jacobs qualified as an Occupational Therapist at the University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa, in 2000. He has 20 years’ experience working in many different areas of paediatrics, adult services, acute hospital services and community rehabilitation services.
Denzil is known for his ability to build a trusting relationship with all clients, regardless of age or disability and promote cooperation and active participation from all his clients and their families, as they engage in their therapeutic process.
We provide a variety of specialty Occupational Therapy services across the midlands and south east. Our services are designed to enhance a person's safety & independence. They can be broadly divided into the following specialty areas:
OT Assessment & Intervention
The purpose of an occupational therapy assessment is to help the child or young person to achieve or maintain their maximum level of independence and to develop practical life skills so that he/she can participate to his/her full potential in all environments.Read More
Assistive Technology Assessor
The goal of assistive technology is to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities. It also benefits, teachers, family members, and everyone who interacts with people who use the technology.Read More
Naturalistic Development Behavioural Intervention
OTs and ABA practitioners are regularly found working together in schools, clinics, and long-term care facilities, offering mutually complementary treatment to children and adults with ASD and other developmental and cognitive disorders.Read More
Postural Management & Seating
Children who have difficulty moving and who are unable to sit, stand or walk by themselves are at risk of developing complications of the hips and of the spine, which if left unchecked can lead to pain, structural changes, breathing and digestive difficulties.Read More
Sensory Stimulating Interventions
Sensory integration therapy aims to help kids with sensory processing issues by exposing them to sensory stimulation in a structured, repetitive way. Over time, the brain will adapt and allow them to process and react to sensations more efficiently.Read More
Disability Housing Grants Assessor
An OT assessment may be required if you are applying to your local authority for a Housing Adaptation Grant. The local authority can arrange for this, or you can employ an OT yourself and recoup some of the cost. Contact us for assistance.Read More
What Denzil's Clients Have to Say
Our son runs into his sessions with Denzil every week.
Denzil is our sons OT for the past seven years. Denzils sessions are always good humoured, very physical and focused on developing our son’s key skills and ability to self-regulate. Denzil understands autism but sees beyond it to what the person is capable of. He uses visual cues and gives clear instructions which is most helpful. Our son is nonverbal and has gross motor/fine motor difficulties but now he enjoys playing basketball, running and cycling his bike ….and we attribute this to Denzil. Over the years Denzil has seamlessly adapted and changed his individual program introducing new challenges to further develop his strengths whilst working on areas for development.
Denzil has amazing equipment to support all kinds of therapy from swings, to stationary bikes to treadmills but equally you can apply the exercises and games at home using very little equipment. Over the Covid19 lockdown our son missed his weekly sessions, but it was great to see him doing the exercises he had learned over the past years to help regulate himself. As he has gotten older, he has developed a self-awareness of his feelings and uses his therapy ball/trampoline/chewy as required.
I think the greatest judge of a successful therapist is the child themselves. Our son runs into his sessions with Denzil every week. He is also smiling as he leaves! To observe the fun and laughter, and their lovely bond in the midst of all the hard work taking place is a pleasure.
Denise Keegan, Naas, Co. Kildare
Incredibly positive impact on our son's development,
Our son has a diagnosis of autism and attends Denzil Jacob’s Occupational Therapy Practice weekly.
Denzil’s OT intervention has been a lifeline for our son and indeed for our whole family.
Denzil has a warm caring attitude and an exemplary respectful demeanor. He displays a firm yet fair approach and amazing energy and skill. He possesses a wealth of knowledge regarding autism and developmental delays in children, and he freely shares his knowledge and expertise.
Denzil Jacob’s Occupational Therapy Practice has helped us to realise the extremely beneficial effects OT has on children like our son. This is amplified by the time and care Denzil takes to assess the individual, tailoring exercises and interventions to meet the individual’s needs.
Suffice to say that Denzil Jacob’s Occupational Therapy Practice has had, and continues to have, an incredibly positive impact on our son’s development, indeed improving his whole life journey.