Superpowers at home

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Parents are the most important people in kids lives. Parents and therapists work together to help kids learn and develop which can make a real difference to kids lives. An hour or so of therapy alone can make some difference but … Continue reading

Sensory processing 101

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Last week we looked at how kids use their senses to learn about the world, but what happens when this does not work as it should? Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a complex neurological condition that impairs the functional skills … Continue reading

15 ASD homework tips

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Children’s sensory systems can often be overwhelmed after a busy, noisy day at school.  Before children settle in to do their homework they often benefit from preparing their sensory system so they can settle and concentrate on the new task … Continue reading

10 school report worries

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Sometimes, when school reports come home, they are not what we as parents are hoping for. Here are ten areas where some kids struggle at school and some ideas about what parents can do to help. Before we break it down … Continue reading

What are ADLs?

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Does your child struggle with every day activities such as dressing, eating, toileting, play and sleeping? If activities of daily living are a challenge an occupational therapist may be able to help. Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) describe the tasks … Continue reading

Do you care for you?

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Do you look after yourself? Parenting is a tough job, but it is even tougher when one or more of your children have special needs. It is hard for parents to take then time out to care for themselves when their … Continue reading

Motor planning 101

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Motor planning or praxis refers to the ability to perform the steps of a new or unfamiliar task, in correct sequence from start to finish. Successful skill development involves a child learning through motor planning so that a task becomes … Continue reading

9 strong kid ideas

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How does body strength effect schooling? Kids need strong bodies to stand or sit still, concentrate well and do fine motor tasks with good control. Postural stability and control refers to the ability of the body to stay in a stable, controlled … Continue reading

Touch

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Our tactile system is our sense of touch, which we gain through different receptors in our skin. The ability to understand the information we get from our touch system is important to our safety. It can alert us when something … Continue reading

Why Talking Matters?

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As we celebrate the opening of our new building we thought we would share why we think Talking Matters is a great place to come if you have a child with special needs!  We understand that your child is an … Continue reading