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What are the benefits of having a mobile paediatric Occupational Therapist?

April 14, 2020 by in category Brisbane, Parent Strategies, Parenting

What is mobile Paediatric Occupational Therapy? Paediatric Occupational Therapist can work in a variety of settings including in hospitals, the community, the child’s home, school, childcare settings, in their Occupational Therapy clinic, or even online through Telehealth. As a private Occupational Therapist, we often work in occupational therapy clinics, provide mobile occupational therapy services, use […]

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Controlled Choices

April 11, 2020 by in category Behaviour, Development, Emotional Regulation, Parent Strategies, Parenting tagged as ,

As an Occupational Therapist, I often work with children who have difficulty following instructions. One of the strategies I often use is called “Controlled Choices”. Controlled choices is where the adult presents the child with two or more options. For example, the child needs to complete two worksheets. The adult might say, “Billy, which activity […]

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Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Young People (5-17 years) 

July 29, 2019 by in category Uncategorized

In April 2019, Australia's Department of Health released new guidelines for children and young people, aged 5 to 17 years. This document outlines the levels of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, screen time and sleep a child should receive. Below is a summary of the points from theAustralian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Young People [...]

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What is Occupational Therapy?

April 8, 2019 by in category Brisbane, Fine Motor Skills, Parenting, Play, Sensory tagged as , , , , , , , , , ,

As Occupational Therapists, we often get asked questions like "So you help people get back to work after an injury? "So, that's kind of like a physiotherapist?" "So, that's like Occupational Health and Safety?"   As Occupational Therapists, we get asked "What is Occupational Therapy" all the time - both professionally and personally. Sometimes it [...]

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Sensory play for childhood development and learning

March 28, 2019 by in category Development, Parenting, Play, Quotes, Sensory tagged as , , , ,

Scientists have recently determined that it takes approximately 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain - unless it is done with play, in which case, it takes between 10-20 repetitions. Dr Karyn Purvis Research indicate that it is easier to learn through play, but what is sensory play?   Sensory play is [...]

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Sensory Handwriting

March 17, 2019 by in category Fine Motor Skills, Letter Formation, Sensory

Do you want your child to learn their alphabet but often find it difficult for them to focus? How often do you feel like a broken record, telling your children to practice handwriting? Well, handwriting is a hard task. It requires a combination of complex skills such as visual, physical fine motor, and planning skills. [...]

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Helpful Websites for Parents

March 13, 2019 by in category Brisbane, Parenting

Brisbane Kids: This website is super helpful for parents living in Brisbane. You’ll never run out of activities and events to take your children to. The Brisbane Kids website has a calendar full of activities to do around the Brisbane area, and directories to local libraries, childcares, schools, and parks. https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/   MeetUp Groups for [...]

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Handwriting Tips for Kids

February 20, 2019 by in category Fine Motor Skills, Letter Formation, Letter Placement, Pencil Control, Word Spacing

Handwriting legibility is the quality of written output. A child’s handwriting legibility can impact their schooling, including their grades. Legibility is impacted by a range of skills such as word spacing, letter placement, letter formation and pencil control. Improvement in one or more of these areas can assist in enhancing your child’s handwriting. Word Spacing [...]

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