Writing your name is not an easy task when we think about all the skills that are required to be able to do this successfully. Let’s take a look at these skills. … More When will my child be ready to write their name?
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
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
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.
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
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
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?