Welcome to Switched On Kids

As Occupational and Play Therapists we have realised a need for quality educational and therapeutic toys which can be conveniently delivered to your door. Each of the toys available in our store have been specifically chosen with a therapeutic incentive in mind to optimize your child’s development.

Our desire is for families to come together for good old fun and learning.

Our Team

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Suzette Mervitz

B (Occupational Therapy) – UP

Ayres SI (Sensory Integration) qualified

suzette@switchedonkids.co.za

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Michelle de Bruin

B (Social Work) – UP

MSW (Specialization Play Therapy) – UP

Red Door Play Therapy

michelle@switchedonkids.co.za

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Children aged 0 to 3 years will enjoy and benefit from these educational toys

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Children aged 4 to 6 years will enjoy and benefit from these educational toys

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7-11

Children aged 7 to 11 years will enjoy and benefit from these educational toys

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Toolkits

Emotional toolkit, School-readiness toolkit and Sensory toolkit for an effective and thorough way of stimulating your child in these different areas of development

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Our Focus

Gross Motor

Gross motor skills are the larger muscle movements of the body used in walking, running, sitting, crawling , jumping or any large body movements.

Fine Motor

Fine motor skill (or dexterity) is the coordination of the smaller muscles, in movements (usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers) with the eyes. For example: actions between the thumb and fingers as in writing or cutting.

Visual Perception

Visual perception is the process of extracting and organising information, giving meaning to what we see. It is required to perform everyday tasks, such as reading, copying information from the blackboard in school or understanding symbols.

Socioemotional

A healthy child should be able to recognise, and express their emotions in a socially acceptable way and should be able to regulate these emotions. They should be able to engage effectively with others in a relationship with mutual trust.

Arts & Crafts

Art and craft activities are a terrific way for kids of all ages to express themselves creatively through drawing, painting, cutting and sculpting in various ways.

Sensory

Children process sensory information from their environment through their seven senses (touch, taste, see, hear, smell, move, feedback/proprioception). Through sensory play children discover the world around them and encourage the child’s curiosity and learning.

Maths

Understanding size, shape, and patterns. Ability to count verbally (first forward, then backward) Recognizing numerals. This also enables them to make the connections between pieces of information in order to solve puzzles and understand things in totality. Sequencing is also a fundamental part of the initial stages of maths.

Language

Good communication skills ensure that a child is able to perform cooperative tasks and become a member of a social society. Language is the foundation on which relationships are established and built.

FAQ

We do not have a store, however you are welcome to contact us regarding any product queries.

We will provide you with a tracking number from the courier company and you are welcome to contact them with any queries.

You are welcome to collect the parcel once it is delivered, please contact us to make the necessary arrangements.

You are welcome to contact us via email and we will get back to you asap.

Have a look at the toys included in the school readiness kit or contact us to discuss other tools which could assist your child in a specific area.

The easiest way is to ask a teacher or doctor whether they see your child as being behind. The other alternative is to give your child an age appropriate task and see whether they are able to complete it. You are also welcome to contact us with any questions in this regard.

Your child has a sensitive response (screams, refuse to participate, cries, avoids) to different sensory stimuli (tactile, visual, movement, noise, tastes or smells and any form of climbing or hanging – feet off the ground.  Your child can also have the opposite response to input by wanting more and more and not getting enough (fidgeting, moving all the time, hanging upside down a lot, putting objects in their mouths a lot, smelling on people or objects, making sounds).  They struggle to adapt to different environments and will find it difficult to regulate themselves within a classroom environment.  These children also has difficulties with personal grooming activities or activities of daily living (washing hair, bathing, dressing, brushing teeth, packing or unpacking school suitcase, eating)

Social-emotional delays usually present in your child’s behaviour. Your child might be over emotional, crying, tantrums or breakdowns or may be acting out such as aggression or defiant behaviour. A teacher is usually the first person to recognise such a behavioural challenge.

Attachment is the bond that an infant has with their caregiver. Usually one primary caregiver. This primary relationship is said to influence the child’s ability to form relationships with everyone else for the rest of their lives. Attachment is formed from the ages of six months to twenty-four months. Children with secure attachment feel safe and secure and are able to leave their caregiver to explore and form relationships with other children and engage in social play. Children who do not have a secure attachment with their primary caregiver often struggle to separate from their caregiver and experience the world around them as unsafe and struggle to engage in social play.

Please refer to our toys with the word attachment in their description. To influence attachment the caregiver must play together with the child using the toy as a means to establish a fun, caring relationship.

You are welcome to contact us to arrange a pick up and either a voucher or another similar product.

Contact Info

Address

Centurion, Pretoria

Phone

084 404 0398 / 082 821 2664

Email

info@switchedonkids.co.za

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday
08:00 – 17:00

Saturday/Sunday/Public Holidays
Closed

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