“Does my child have the skills needed for kindergarten” Starting school can be a challenging and exciting time for both children and their parents. Many parents often think a lot about how they can best prepare their child for all the changes in routine and expectations that Kindy will bring. If your child is getting ready to start Kindy, you may be … More School Readiness
By Michelle Newby, Clinical Director Stepping Stones Therapy for Children The Australian job market is booming right now! As an early career Occupational Therapist, it can be really tricky to know which is the right workplace for you! Most job advertisements look the same, with promises of fun and supportive workplaces. Guarantees of Continuing Professional … More The paediatric OT job you don’t want!
Written Tiarne Pendlebury, Associate Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist What is Sensory Modulation? You may think, what is sensory modulation? Well, this is something we are all required to do every single day! Sensory modulation refers to our ability to organise and regulate our reactions to incoming sensory information. What we know about sensory input, is … More Sensory Modulation challenges and how Occupational Therapy can help
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
Getting some kids to go to sleep can be tricky. Many parents come to our occupational therapy clinic complaining about their child’s bedtime antics, and looking for ideas to help their little cherubs get to more sleep. Sleep is vital for our children’s health and wellbeing. It is during sleep that our children’s body systems … More Kids & Sleep: Tips for an easy bedtime
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!