Christmas fun!

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School holidays are not far away and Christmas is on the way. Talking Matters would like share some Christmas activities that your family can enjoy together. These activities are fun but are also a way to help your kids learn valuable language, motor … Continue reading

Give books for Xmas

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Parents often ask what are good ideas for things to get their child for Christmas to help develop their speech and language skills. Including some books in your child’s stocking gives them a lasting gift which is valuable for so many reasons. Books introduce children … Continue reading

Top Toys for Toddlers

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Santa is getting ready for the Talking Matters Christmas Party and he is checking his list for some great toy ideas. Parents often ask what are good toys to buy as gifts for toddlers. Toys can vary enormously in price and … Continue reading

A Happy ASD Xmas

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Christmas means family, friends, parties, presents, food, music, lights, decorations, Santa and lots of hugs. Everything looks and sounds different, from decorations at home to Christmas music in the shops. Routines change at home and at school with parties, outings and … Continue reading

OT Helps Kids Move!

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During OT month we are looking at how OT’s can help kids develop and succeed. One area were OT’s can help kids is with developing their motor skills. Motor skills are about movement. Gross motor skills are the ability to move our … Continue reading

Ready to Write with OT

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This weeks OT blog looks at helping kids be prepared to learn hand writing when they start school. Handwriting is a skill that is important throughout school. There are lots of fun ways to help preschool children develop the skills they need to … Continue reading

OT for Everyday

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Leading up to OT week we are looking at ways that OTs can help you and your child. One way is with support for ADLs “activities of daily living”.  Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) describe the tasks or activities that … Continue reading

Reach your p-OT-ential!

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16th to 22th October is OT week and we are celebrating all month, so we will be focusing the next few posts on OT topics. We will have posts over the next few weeks on a number of OT topics. … Continue reading

Different Thoughts, Different Feelings.

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Theory of mind is the ability to understand that other people have different knowledge, thoughts and feelings to our own. Theory of mind is important for communicating effectively, developing social skills and empathy. Children develop theory of mind over time … Continue reading

Learning about Emotions

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Understanding and managing emotions is an important part of our social development, which impacts on our ability to relate to others as well as to regulate our own behaviour. Children begin to learn about emotions very early in life. They need … Continue reading