Occupational Therapy

Ref: 3201

This School is situated in Woodstock, Cape Town is a Special Needs English and Afrikaans medium School. The School for learners with Autism was founded in 1974 with 5 learners and has grown to over 65 learners presently. The School was established by the Society for Autistic Children (now Autism Western Cape), but now falls under the administration of the Western Cape Department of Education. Autism is a lifelong, neurological and developmental disability which affects patterns of development, NOT the ability to learn. Autism affects a person’s ability to communicate, understand language, play and socially interact with others. On entering the School, noise abounds, footsteps echo off high ceilings and stairwells; pots and pans clang and clatter in the kitchen; raised voices reverberate greetings and admonitions, songs and laughter, tears and tantrums. 

Among the 65 days students, who are predominantly boys between the ages of 5 and 18, most (85%) come from disadvantaged homes. What all have in common is autism. The spectrum is pretty wide. Some can read and count; others do not speak. Some have a ‘high functioning’ label, while others need help with basics, even the toilet. The School regularly hosts community outreach programmes where they offer support, counselling and education regarding Autism to increase awareness and community support. 

Location: Woodstock, 10 minutes from Cape Town City Centre

Duties:

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy students will be allocated to children with special requirements and will have the opportunity to gain excellent skills in their field through hands on daily work. As a Psychology intern the student will work closely with the fulltime psychologist who will give them the assistance and guidance regarding their duties at the school. 

Requirements

- Study background in, Psychology, Speech Therapy or Occupational Therapy, Nursing/Health background Social Sciences or a related area
- Enthusiastic and able to demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills
- An ability to multi-task, a commitment to peace, tolerance and development and a willingness to learn, experience and accept a dynamic and diverse South Africa.

Occupational Therapy

Ref: 3202

This Children's Convalescent Hospital is a 60-bed facility based in Cape Town for over 40 years that admits children up to the age of 12. It serves as the only convalescent hospital available to children in the Western Cape. The hospital aims to provide professional care necessary to allow full recovery once the critical stage of the illness has been treated. The main conditions treated at the hospital include burns, HIV/Aids, tuberculosis, kwashiorkor, marasmus, motor vehicle accidents, effects of malnutrition, surgery, trauma, gastro-enteritis and non-accidental illnesses. Parents from poor communities do not have the finance or the facilities to nurse their children after acute illnesses or burns. This Hospital is a critical link in the treatment of children for not only continued care, but preventing recurrence. More recently, children have been referred to Hospital not only for medical reasons, but simply because they have no other place to go. The number of abandoned children and children coming from socially unfit backgrounds are on the increase. Not all of their young patients are confined to their beds - many are active, playful and, at times, keen to learn.  They have a Nursery School within the hospital, which functions well with the help of very active volunteers. They have volunteers who assist them keeping their patients usefully busy as well as outings they are invited to which allows a lot of spoiling and reminds them they are important and cared about. The Hospital has filled a need for convalescent care and there is no doubt that this need will continue to be present and will grow with the expansion of the city.

Location: Athlone, 30 minutes from Cape Town City Centre

Duties:

-Nutrition care 
-Hygiene in general and education
-Establishing proper medicine giving procedures
-General education to mothers with children in the hospital and those with children leaving the hospital
-Assist in the palliative ward with feeding, play etc

Requirements

-Studying towards a degree/diploma in Health studies
-Able to work with people from a diversity of cultures
-Able to work both well in a team and independently
-Have a love for children with a caring nature
-Able to work in an organized and analytical manner
-Confident in putting forward your ideas and good presentation skills
-Mature attitude 

Occupational Therapy

Ref: 3203

A home that provides specialised care for profoundly intellectually and disabled people.  The home accommodated 90 residents. These children need specialised care every minute of their lives. Each child’s potential is explored and developed to fulfil their maximum potential in a stimulating environment. By caring for these residents, the home also provides help and relief to parents and siblings, allowing them to lead more normal lives. The Special Care Centre also serves to promote public awareness of their situation, in partnership with families, communities and other role-players, supported by dedicated and motivated staff. Disabled children need a great deal of physical and mental stimulation and they like to play.  This is done with water play, playing with blocks, playing music and singing.  Each child also has a development program.  Simple things like picking up a spoon are a major achievement for these children.  Physiotherapy and physical development is very important to exercise and strengthen muscles and is achieved through stretching exercises and using apparatus such as the standing frame. Home's services also provide the base from which students, medical practitioners etc. undertake learning into various aspects of Home's work, in an effort to improve the work and to understand more about the profoundly intellectually disabled person and his/her needs

Location: Rondebosch East, 20 minutes from Cape Town City Centre 

Duties:

Will work closely with the nursing staff.
An Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy intern will work alongside the resident Occupational and Physiotherapists and gain excellent exposure in their field.

Requirements

-Studying towards a degree Psychology, Occupational Therapy
-A caring attitude and a willingness to work hard