Paediatric Occupational Therapists use therapeutic play to help children gain the functional skills that they need to cope with the demands of everyday life, helping them reach their full potential at home and at school.
Hippotherapy is a therapeutic intervention strategy in which the movement of a horse is used as part of an intervention plan and is carried out by Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech Therapists.
(Based in Walkerville, Gauteng)
Hi, I’m Kiara.
My passion for children and horses led me on a journey into the Occupational Therapy world. I completed my BSc in Occupational Therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2018. During my years of study, I worked as a part time horse riding instructor and occasionally assisted with Hippotherapy sessions. I went on to do my community service year at Stretford Clinic in Orange Farm where I gained valuable experience in paediatric developmental delay, learning difficulties, genetic syndromes, neurological conditions, hand injuries and rehabilitation, adult physical rehabilitation, mental health as well as prevention and promotion services.
In 2020, I began working at a paediatric private practice. During this time I gained experience doing school-based therapy along with the ins and outs of running a private practice. At the end of 2020 my dream of opening my own practice became a reality. I am currently completing my Sensory Integration (SAISI) training.
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“All children have within them the potential to be great kids. It is our job to create a great world where this potential can flourish.” – Dr. Stanley Greenspan
Who is Kiara Occupational Therapy?
Kiara Occupational Therapy is a paediatric Occupational Therapy Practice based in Johannesburg South. We work with children of various ages from newborns up to the age of 12. Kiara Occupational Therapy strives to create a fun and safe environment for children, allowing them to grow and reach their full potential. We cannot wait to meet your kiddie and are sure we will have lots of fun!
Hey there! I am Zerilda de Kock, an enthusiastic, caring and creative qualified occupational therapist I attained my undergraduate degree from the University of Witwatersrand in 2020 and completed my community service at Matikwana Hospital, a rural hospital in Mpumalanga in 2021.
During my community service year, I enjoyed working with children with a variety of diagnosis at the clinics and hospitals as well as running a cerebral palsy group and working with the department of education.
I have such a love for paediatric OT. I find it a huge privilege to collaborate with children and their families to identify their strengths, needs and goals, striving to support children in reaching their full potential.
I also enjoy expanding my knowledge and improving my skills as an OT. I am currently completing my training in Ayres Sensory Integration with SAISI.
I am so excited to start my journey at Kiara OT!
What Our Families are Saying
During this past year I have seen my son’s growth and I am grateful for all the hard work and constant belief on her behalf in his ability to reach greater heights. I can’t say enough nice things about Kiara! She has been wonderful and we are looking forward to working with her in future. – K. Potgieter