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“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

Balance

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Good balance reactions allow a child to move confidently, explore playground equipment, climb, develop ball skills and ride a bike. Here are some activities to help your child improve their balance.1. Ask your child to sit cross-legged on a trampoline with their hands on their knees. Gently bounce the trampoline so that your child needs to react to maintain their position. This could also be Read more

You decide to give your child’s ‘therapy’ a miss today and take your family to the beach instead. You feel a little guilty but you also feel you and your family need a break.Everyone is tired of working on all those goals – to increase movement skills, refine hand skills, improve muscle strength and endurance, increase tactile awareness, learn concepts such as big/little, full/empty Read more

Children who are given time to share books from a young age can have stronger language skills when they start school.Find a place where you can share a book and see your child’s face.Look at what your child is interested in. Let them show you what they want to do, e.g. they might want to hold the book or turn the pages.Wait for your child to do or say something and then respond to Read more

School Readiness Program Supporting children who may need additional preparation for the routines and early learning skills required for kindergarten.Our School Readiness Program is a weekly program running in Term 3 and again in Term 4, and is suitable for children starting school the following year.It is run by a therapist and provisional psychologist, providing Read more

Learning Links' Prep 4 Preschool supported playgroup provides a relaxed, safe and engaging environment where play activities are tailored to enhance the development of your child. Our professional and experienced Early Childhood Educators and Therapists are available to provide information and support to help your child communicate, move and play – in preparation for a smooth transition to Read more