Supporting kids through the COVID-19 crisis

Michelle spent some time talking with TMC Kids about how to support children through the current COVID-19 crisis. She spoke about:   Talking to kids about COVID-19   Strategies for getting through the day in isolation   Supporting home learning   Managing anxiety and worries   How mindfulness, movement and play can help  To watch … More Supporting kids through the COVID-19 crisis

Academics and the young child: In support of play-based learning

In Australia, we start academics very young! Way too young in our opinion! Some children are still just 4 years old when they start their formal schooling. These very young kiddos are expected to sit still and learn to read, write and understand mathematical concepts. Many schools even expect their Kindergarten students to do homework … More Academics and the young child: In support of play-based learning

PANS/ PANDAS

What is PANS/ PANDAS?  PANS/ PANDAS* is a little known, but treatable, medical condition that looks like a psychiatric disorder. PANS/ PANDAS is said to affect an estimated 1 in every 200 children.  This means that P/P is not rare however, sadly for those affected it is rarely diagnosed. Children with PANS/ PANDAS experience a sudden … More PANS/ PANDAS

Not Eating That! Enticing Your Fussy Eaters to the Dinner Table.

Are you one of those parents that spends hours in the kitchen, lovingly composing new, interesting and nutritious meals for your wee cherubs; only to find yourself scraping it all into the bin 20 minutes after meal time, with barely a sniff of a carrot had? There is nothing more demoralising, right!? Kids can be … More Not Eating That! Enticing Your Fussy Eaters to the Dinner Table.

Pincers, pegs & pirates: Developing hand skills

Lately I’ve been working with a 6 year old girl who finds using scissors tricky. She’s also struggling to hold a pencil properly for writing. It’s interesting how the two often go together. There can be many different reasons for having difficulties with scissors and holding a pencil skillfully, but one of the most common … More Pincers, pegs & pirates: Developing hand skills