early childhood

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

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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

“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