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Routines and transition times are an important part of life, especially in child care settings and schools. Children learn skills such as self help skills, independence, sequencing and how to act appropriately in a group by taking part in routines.Children who are experiencing difficulties should be helped to follow through completely with all routines as it is an invaluable learning Read more

Starting School

Fact Sheets

Is your child ready to go to big school? How can parents make the transition easier?The transition to ‘big’ school is one of the major challenges children have to face in the early childhood years.It is a time of stress and anxiety as well as excitement and enjoyment. For parents this transition may also cause some anxious moments as another Read more

Sequencing

Learning

Learning to do things in orderLearning 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

Sensory processing refers to the way a person sorts, interprets and responds to sensation from their body, environment and the world around them. The sensations or sensory information comes from the seven senses of touch, taste, sight, sound, smell, movement and body position.Processing occurs in the brain and nervous system (Central Nervous System). When the brain is processing sensations 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

Motor Planning

Fact Sheets

Children who easily get in a muddle or have difficulty dressing, writing or learning to swim or ride a bike often have a problem with motor planning.When a child has poor motor planning ability, they often try to instruct themselves in what to do and rely on a visual demonstration of a skill. They can also have difficulty doing two actions at once and make excuses not to try new Read more

All children are born with potential but what is that potential?When a child is developing differently to other children, this potential is harder to judge. No-one can or does know exactly what that potential is; it has to unfold with time.Parents of children with additional needs often say, “it’s not knowing that’s the hardest” and many want to know what they can do to help their 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