Why kids need play!

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Play is a vital part of learning and developing as a child.  Parents who understand the importance of play, offer their child quality, age appropriate play experiences and take time to play with their child are helping their child to … Continue reading

Social skills 20 ways!

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Most children develop social skills much like ducks learn to swim. Simply by being immersed in interactions with others they learn how to interpret messages they receive from other people and to respond appropriately. From birth most babies are hard-wired to … Continue reading

Learning to pretend

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It looks simple, but it is also so valuable. Kids really do learn lots and lots of skills just by playing. If parents can take time out from their busy lives to play too the learning will be even better … 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

Playing together 101

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The ability to play together with other children is a skill that children develop over time. Some children such as those with developmental delays or autism spectrum disorder may find this particularly challenging. Children with ASD in particular often show … Continue reading

7 ways to begin pretending

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Children have an in-built need to play which begins when they are babies. Play is vital for developing language, thinking, motor skills and social skills. As children grow and develop the type of play they enjoy changes too. Providing the right kinds … Continue reading

10 tips for social play

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The ability to play together with other children is a skill that children develop over time. Some children such as those with developmental delays or autism spectrum disorder may find this particularly challenging. Children with ASD in particular often show … Continue reading

25 ways to pretend

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Preschoolers love to pretend. This is not just a way to keep busy and fill in time; it is also a valuable way to learn and develop a range of language, thinking and social skills.  Why is pretending important for development? … Continue reading

Now let’s play

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Now that Christmas has come and gone most children will be lucky enough to have new toys to play with. Here are some ideas for making the most of those toys to help your child learn and develop. The most … Continue reading

Occupational therapy

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Occupational therapy is often recommended for children with special needs, but what is occupational therapy and what do OT’s do?  “Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational … Continue reading