Most kids love a bit of messy play and it really should be a regular part of their play experience. There are many benefits to messy play, but my favourite benefit of all is that it can help fussy eaters to be a little less fussy. “Really!?” I hear you ask. Yes, it’s true, playing … More Messy Play for Fussy Eaters
I recently had a stall at the Newcastle Early Childhood Intervention Coordination Program Expo. Being my first ever expo, I pondered for a long time about what I should have at the stall. Should I get some pens with my logo on? Should I do lolly bags for the kids? What about balloons? I was … More Mr Bally for Finger Strength and Dexterity
Does your child prefer to use their fingers for mealtime? Is trying to get them to use cutlery a nightmare? I’m here to help! Learning how to use a knife and fork together can be tricky business, and some kids need a little extra help with this. I have taught many children how to use … More Teaching kids to use a knife and fork
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
The humble trampoline has been a bastion of backyard fun for years. That weightless sensation you have when you’re at the very peak of a huge jump is just thrilling, and hard to find anywhere else. Most kids (and adults) simply love it and as a children’s Occupational Therapist I find myself talking about it … More Trampolining: Bounding with Benefits
As a child development specialist and a mum, I find myself forever fascinated with the many different ways that babies learn about the world around them. Our wee babies are forever busy using their senses of sight, touch, smell, taste and hearing to learn all they need to know about this brand new world they … More Early Baby Play
Looming seems to be the latest kids craze all around the world. If you haven’t discovered it yet, then check it out here. Basically, you have a looming board with pegs that you use to weave small elastic bands into many various creations, including bracelets, headbands and even mobile phone cases or little people! Back … More Looming Genius!
So what’s the big deal about crawling? Should you be worried if your baby decides to skip this particular milestone? As a paediatric therapist I see crawling as an essential developmental milestone, that shouldn’t be neglected. Crawling helps the two sides of your baby’s brain work together in a coordinated way. By moving the left … More Does crawling matter?
Starting school is an exciting and pivotal time in a child’s life. As parents we want this to be a positive experience for our children, so that they can flourish and grow with confidence throughout their school years. There is much that we can do to prepare our children for the transition of starting school … More School ready check