Teachers are often the source of referrals to Occupational Therapy in mainstream schools. The researcher wanted to determine what the Grade one teachers’ perceptions are regarding Occupational Therapy and children with learning difficulties. A qualitative descriptive approach was adopted to gather in-depth information about the teachers’ lived experiences and thus gather information about their perception of Occupational Therapy and children with learning difficulties. This study was conducted in Tshwane South District, Gauteng. A total of seven focus groups where held at the three types of mainstream primary schools namely: No-Fee-, Former Model-C- and Private schools. The focus groups were recorded with written permission and data was transcribed and analysed. The themes highlighted the knowledge, perceptions and attitudes of the teachers towards Occupational Therapy and the children with learning difficulties. It furthermore indicated the teachers’ perception of the role that parents play in helping their children with learning difficulties. Teachers’ perceptions proved to be important when referring a child with learning difficulties to Occupational Therapy.
Dissertation (MOccTher)--University of Pretoria, 2018.