Preschool

By Katherine McFarlane, Registered Psychologist. Starting school is a big transition not just for children but for the whole family. This article details strategies that can support your family during this transition period. Every child’s strengths and experiences are different, so you may find some strategies more relatable than others. A strengths-based approach would start by Read more

It is increasingly important to understand the importance of supporting bilingual children in early childhood. Australia is a country increasingly made up of people speaking different languages so it is vital that we understand how we can support English as a second language in children. Types of bilingualism There are many definitions of bilingualism; however, most Read more

Sequencing

Learning

Learning to do things in order Learning how to do things in order helps with lots of things we do in life. When faced with a task we often break it into smaller tasks to make the job easier. You can help your child develop sequencing skills by talking through tasks or steps in activities as we do them. For example, if we are pasting a picture into a book, here are tasks Read more

Here are some activities that will help your child develop writing skills. Remember your child needs to enjoy the activity for it to be effective and learning to take place. Plan for your child to succeed. Try to encourage your child to write on vertical as well as flat surfaces. Use a variety of implements: • Fingers • Crayons • Textas • Chalk • Sticks and Read more

Play helps children’s social skills, movement, thinking and language. It also helps children grow and be healthy. FIND any opportunity to play with your child throughout the day. LOOK at what your child is interested in and join them. Sometimes give them choices to help them play. WAIT for your child to lead the play and respond. You Read more

The following strategies may help support your child’s interaction with other children. • Increase the time your child spends playing with someone else. By observing your child carefully you will see times he or she is able to accept someone sitting next to him or her. This is the beginning of joint attention in an activity • When you are sitting next to your child, you can help him Read more

“W-sit” is a term to describe a sitting position in which a child sits on the floor with their bottom between bent legs and their legs rotated so they are facing away from their body. Their legs form a “W” shape on the floor. This position of choice is usually adopted during the child’s transition from crawling to sitting. It is adopted primarily because having a wide base gives the Read more