OT Approved Christmas Presents
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by Occupational Therapy Helping Children
2M ago
Christmas time is so often full of excitement and merriment. However, buying the “just right” present for your child can be a challenge and sometimes feel like an insurmountable task. To help with this here are some of our favourite games in the clinic at the moment, as well as some all-round must haves for home. Sensory ideas: Pulling out a Kmart favourite and a great way to occupy little hands over Christmas are these fantastic sensory kits. These are also a great way to encourage some pretend play with your little ones too! https://www.kmart.com.au/product/sensory-kit-assorted-43105281/ Nex ..read more
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Gender Diversity in Children
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by Occupational Therapy Helping Children
2M ago
The following blog post uses identifying-first language which aligns with the current preferences in the Autistic community. We understand that everyone is on their own journey, and acknowledge they have the right to choose their preferred language. Definitions of Terms Transgender is an umbrella term used when an individual has identified that their gender identity or gender expression is different to their birth-assigned sex. Gender diversity is a term used to describe when an individual’s gender identity, role, or expression differs from the cultural norms prescribed for people of a particu ..read more
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Oral Motor Skills
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by Occupational Therapy Helping Children
2M ago
The development of oral motor skills begins in the womb and is usually fully developed by 3 years of age. Like many other skills we learn as humans, oral motor development is supported by our primitive reflexes, postural control and physiological milestones which ideally develop in synchronicity. Oral motor exercises are increasingly becoming more renowned and utilised within peadiatric Occupational Therapy intervention. When we use oral motor exercises within Occupational Therapy sessions, we consider the overall functioning of a child’s mouth, jaw, lips, cheeks, and tongue. Treatment address ..read more
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Top 5 ways to build therapy and skill practice into your daily routine
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by Occupational Therapy Helping Children
3M ago
Paediatric Occupational Therapists work closely with families to help children build the skills and functional capacities needed for a whole range of tasks, particularly at home! Most families will come and see an OT for a series of one-on-one sessions at our clinic, however we only get to see your child for 1 hour, once a week! For therapy to be effective and to see lasting change, it is important to continue therapy in the home environment. We encourage parents and carers to step into the ’therapist role’ at home so they can implement strategies to maximize their child’s progress. This doesn ..read more
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The Role of an Occupational Therapist in Autism Spectrum Disorder
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by Occupational Therapy Helping Children
3M ago
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that affects how someone thinks, feels and sees the world around them. It is characterised by difficulties in communication, social skills and repetitive behaviours. It is called a spectrum, as every individual with ASD has different strengths and support needs. Occupational Therapists play an important role in the journey of a child with ASD, as they can support them to engage in meaningful activities of daily living and life roles. Life roles of a child may include being a sibling, friend and student. Occupational therapy interventi ..read more
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Pretend Play Developmental Milestones
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by Occupational Therapy Helping Children
3M ago
Play is one of the most important occupations in a child’s life and pretend play is the highest level of play ability. Pretend play provides opportunity for children to build creativity and imagination and supports their social and emotional development. Through pretend play, children also build their language and communication as well as develop their thinking and problem-solving skills. The following information is based off the Pretend Play Enjoyment Developmental Checklist by Karen Stagnitti. Pretend play involves in number of different skills including: Play Scripts – The stories and nar ..read more
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15 Best Inclusive Play Spaces Around Sydney
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by Occupational Therapy Helping Children
3M ago
As per the dictionary definition, inclusive means “not excluding any parties or groups involved in something.” So, inclusive play spaces should be designed so people of all ages and abilities can access and utilise them. Accessibility and security are critical points for a play space to be considered inclusive to ensure everyone can find the place, access it, and move around it safely. Another crucial factor in a play space to be considered inclusive is that it should provide various play experiences that will engage different people and challenge them on different levels. If you would like to ..read more
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What is ‘Bilateral Coordination’?
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by Occupational Therapy Helping Children
3M ago
Bilateral coordination – or bilateral integration – is the ability to use both sides of the body simultaneously, in a coordinated and sequenced way. Good bilateral coordination means the child has good motor control when performing physical and daily living activities, and also that both sides of the brain are communicating effectively. Bilateral coordination is developed in sequences throughout the first years of the child’s life: Symmetrical bilateral integration: This is when both sides of the body, left and right, work as a mirror, by moving together. A good example of Symmetrical Bilater ..read more
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How to write a social story
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by Occupational Therapy Helping Children
3M ago
Social Stories (Gray, 1990) are individualised, short and effective stories that teach kids new skills, prepare them for a change or transition, and/or support them to change their behaviour. Social stories can be used for many reasons and across a variety of ages and abilities. For example, they can be used for; building independence in specific tasks: brushing teeth or going to the toilet changing/ developing specific behaviours: greeting others, sharing, and using gentle hands preparing for a change: hospital/ doctor visit or a new teacher Social stories are simple to make. Here is how ..read more
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Developing Pre-Writing Skills
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by Occupational Therapy Helping Children
4M ago
What are pre-writing skills?  Well, in essence they are the fundamental skills children require to develop before they can execute the functional task of writing. Some of these skills include pencil grasp, copying, drawing, colouring and writing itself. Pre-writing skills are important in child development as they assist in the ability to hold and move the pencil utilizing fluid movements of the wrist, allowing children in turn to produce legible writing. How do we start developing these skills? a major component of pre-writing skills is the execution of pre-writing shapes. These resembl ..read more
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