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  • Unlocking Literacy: Embracing the Reading Revolt

    Unlocking Literacy: Embracing the Reading Revolt

    In a world where we are surrounded with an abundance of information every single day, the ability to read proficiently has never been more important. So as a passionate advocate of literacy working in schools, it really is disheartening to hear that 1 in 3 of our students are failing to learn how to read…

  • Hand Dominance in Young Children: An Interesting Discussion

    Hand Dominance in Young Children: An Interesting Discussion

    Did you know that a person could be Left handed, Right Handed, Mixed Dominant or Ambidextrous? A lot of people who think they are Ambidextrous are actually what is classified as “Mixed Dominant.” This means you use different hands for different tasks. For Example you might use your left hand for writing and right hand…

  • What does my child’s new teacher need to know about them?

    What does my child’s new teacher need to know about them?

    Well it’s January again, and soon our children will be heading back to school – for some its their first time and for others its just another year. But it usually means they will have a new teacher, a new set of personalities and a new set of adventures ahead of them. My 3 children…

  • How do I teach my child to write their name?

    How do I teach my child to write their name?

    Thanks for following up from our previous blog!So your child is now ready to write – how do you make sure they learn to write their name well and without stress?? You use a lot of PLAY! Here are some tips! 2. Move to writing– 3. Then when they are comfortable with the order of the letters,…

  • When should I teach my child to write their name?

    When should I teach my child to write their name?

    For Children, writing their own name is a huge milestone. They can identify themselves, they can identify their belongings and… if they are anything like most kids, they can graffiti it on tables, walls, toys and beds and then blatantly deny it to your face! But even we, as parents, feel this sense of achievement…

  • 10 Things only a Parent of an Oral Hypersensitive child will understand…

    10 Things only a Parent of an Oral Hypersensitive child will understand…

    My husband and I were out the other week with our 3 kids and we were excessively praising our 4 year old daughter for eating a hot chip that actually had some potato inside it (AKA a fat chip) and it got me thinking how weird we looked to other people at the club… Why…

  • 10 Tips for helping your child settle in to Kindergarten

    10 Tips for helping your child settle in to Kindergarten

    It’s that time of year again – Our children are off to school!I can already hear some parents cheering, some crying and others cursing that they have to start setting alarms again! But for those with children starting Kindergarten for the first time it can be stressful and confusing for both you and your child!…

  • “Knee to knee just you and me – close the door for four”

    “Knee to knee just you and me – close the door for four”

    In a world full of busy & crazy and running here & there.In a world full of 24 hour technology that everyone can shareIn a world full of working from home and trying to do our bestWe are losing our conversation, eye contact and our overall vocal zest! So many of our conversations these days…

  • Is your child a ‘fussy eater?’

    Is your child a ‘fussy eater?’

    Do you feel your child’s fussy eating is more than the usual ‘fussiness’ you see in children? Many parents are trying to deal with fussy eaters and are in constant battle with their children about what they are eating! It is typical for children to go through phases of ‘fussiness’ where they are exploring their…

  • Using technology without losing foundational skills

    Using technology without losing foundational skills

    Thank you to everyone for the feedback regarding my interview on ABC radio last week.For those who missed it please see the link below:http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-03/touch-screens-impacting-on-kids-writing-skills-therapist-says/7683054    I thought I would write a summary of what I was talking about and expand on it.So this blog is to help parents support their children to build knowledge and understanding…

  • Why I don’t teach my children how to hold their pencil!

    Why I don’t teach my children how to hold their pencil!

    This might sound like a rash statement to some people, especially seeing though I am an OT and I correct children’s poor pencil grasps for a living. But if children need to be ‘taught’ how to hold the pencil it is likely that they are missing either fine motor skills or functional gross motor skills…

  • Learning to cut – do the scissors matter?

    Learning to cut – do the scissors matter?

    I have seen many children trying to cut with inappropriate scissors and it DOES affect their ability. Children should start to be exposed to scissors around 2 years of age. Obviously this should be under adult supervision and not requiring them to cut along a line, they should just enjoy exploring scissors and snipping paper,…