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2019 - Occupational Therapy at Tygerberg Hospital School

Occupational Therapy at Tygerberg Hospital School

HOPE Cape Town was able to sponsor Occupational Therapy (OT) assessment and treatment sessions for seven learners, who would normally not be able to afford extra therapy costs, at the Tygerberg Hospital School. For the last quarter of the school term (September – December 2018) the learners of Dr Springer’s class received either small group or individual therapy sessions run by Sensory Kidzone – a private practice already supporting the school.

Therapy sessions were focussed on motor skills (including pencil grip and writing skills), visual perception and eye-hand coordination. The children were assessed at the start and end of the OT treatment period and significant improvements were seen in the majority of learners.

Further to the therapy provided at the school, the learners received specific home programmes to empower the parents with ways in which to play with their children at home while stimulating their development at the same time.

“One of the benefits for us in this process is that we formed a closer relationship with the parents, teachers and management of Tygerberg Hospital School and realised their passion for the children of the school and the future of the school. It has been a privilege to work with these learners and the teachers of Tygerberg Hospital School.”

– Robyn Turnball, Sensory Kidzone Occupational Therapist

Report by:
Robyn Meissner
HOPE Cape Town Occupational Therapist
January 2019


2019 – Elective Student Neelima

Neelima Agrawal joined us for her elective in February 2019. Neelima is currently studying her final year at NorthWestern University in Chicago, USA. Her final presentation looked at Pharmacovigilance: what side effects can be expected from TB and ARV treatment, and what are the systems put in place to monitor them on a public health/national level. It was interesting to gain insight from how the USA and South Africa differ!


2019 – Elective Student Jessica

Jessica Quaggin-Smith hails from Canada originally but is currently studying her final year at NorthWestern University in Chicago, USA. She joined Hope Cape Town for her elective in February 2019. While she has some experience seeing adults with HIV in Chicago, it was a good learning experience seeing how the management of children and teenagers with HIV is different. Her final presentation was entitled “Challenges to paediatric medication adherence in the United States and South Africa”. A key point from her presentation is summarized in this quote: “Paediatric adherence among … children is best understood as behaviours that are shaped by the context in which adherence occurs”


2019 – Elective Student Britt

Britt Hultgren from University of Missouri in the USA joined us in February 2019. He is no stranger to international travel and cross cultural living, having lived and worked abroad prior to starting Medical studies. His interest in cross-cultural societal dynamics and their impact on health systems and individual care was evident in his engagement within the elective. His final presentation was a lively discussion entitled: “Privilege and progress - The role of the privileged in healthcare Justice: A Discussion across cultures”.