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

Early Baby Play

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 Genius!

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!

Does crawling matter?

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?

School ready check

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