Toilet training

Is it time for toilet training? Toileting is an important milestone for children giving them a sense of independence. This can be a challenging time for parents, but you shouldn’t have to stress. Here are some tips to help guide you through toilet training. When are children ready to start toilet training? They are able … More Toilet training

Does your pre-schooler need to see an occupational therapist? 

Writing this blog post was quite difficult as I could talk about pre-school all day! It is my favourite environment to work in and such a special time in a child’s life. I love the playfulness, the constant chatter and noise and how these tiny people are trying so hard to prove that they can … More Does your pre-schooler need to see an occupational therapist? 

Teaching kids to get dressed using backwards chaining

Learning to get dressed can be a challenging time for parents and fashionably questionable time for children. Leaving the house in gumboots, tutus and mismatched socks a right of passage for most toddlers. What happens if getting dressed independently is particularly hard for children? For children who need some assistance getting dressed, a special technique … More Teaching kids to get dressed using backwards chaining

Self-regulation 

As a parent, you want to teach your child all the skills needed to make a friend, resolve a conflict, or ‘think before they act’. But before they can even achieve these social and emotional milestones, your child first needs to develop the foundational skill of self-regulation.  So what is self-regulation?  Self-regulation is our ability … More Self-regulation 

The paediatric OT job you don’t want!

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!

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.