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By Katherine McFarlane, Registered Psychologist  Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder impacting social skills, language and communication, sensory sensitivities and rigid or repetitive behaviours. Autism is a spectrum disorder meaning each person with autism may present differently and therefore can require different supports. While the disorder is a lifelong condition, there Read more

Stuttering Information

Speech & Language

Stuttering usually starts when children are two or three years old and almost always before five. It may start suddenly or develop gradually over days or weeks. Occasionally, children's stuttering seems to begin overnight. It is common for stuttering to fluctuate from day-to-day or from one conversation to the next for no obvious reason.Parents often report that their children stutter more Read more

As a general rule always plan for your child to succeed by giving an example, limit choices and build slowly, praise effort and success.1. Start with your child’s favourite colour or the colour of something significant in your child’s life, e.g. your car. Talk about the colour of the object, e.g. “We are going in Mummy’s red car. Daddy’s car is not red”. All other colours are Read more

Types of bilingualismThere are many definitions of bilingualism; however, most people define it as using two languages on a regular basis.The extent to which a person is bilingual can vary. Some people are equally proficient in two languages across a range of contexts and this is often referred to as ‘balanced bilingualism’. More often, when people are bilingual, one Read more

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 experience Read more

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 adult 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

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