5 Tips for Supporting Your Child to get to Sleep

5 Tips for Supporting Your Child to get to Sleep

We all know that one of the first things to go out the window during uncertain and stressful times is a good night’s sleep. For our children, this is no different. During these tricky times, it is likely that we are all finding it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, whether this is difficulty winding down to go to sleep, or sleeping all the way through the night. Here are some tips to help support kids when a good night’s sleep is seeming elusive.

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Posture – Why is it important?

Why is your child’s posture important when writing?

Good posture allows your child’s body to remain in a functional upright position, with adequate alignment of their spine. Good posture is really important for activities at the desk such as handwriting.

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5 Top Tips for Playing with your Child

Play was a quintessential part of all our childhoods, yet as we get older, we can find it hard to recreate the same magic that we could as children. Play is an important occupation for your child, as it helps them develop many skills including communication, social skills, emotional understanding, literacy, problem solving and conflict resolution. Caregivers have an important role in supporting play development. By playing with your child, you can promote new ideas and activities, and provide a safe space for exploring new opportunities.

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Top Five Tips for Helping Kids Stay Cool, Calm & Collected at Home

Top Five Tips for Helping Kids Stay Cool, Calm & Collected at Home

At a time when our kids are experiencing so much disruption to their routines and so many changes to their lives, they may have difficulty staying cool, calm & collected. Our kids are having to adjust to sudden changes in the way that they learn, where they can play and how they can interact with peers and extended family members. We’ve put together 5 top tips to support kids’ regulation at home to manage stress and adjust to living so much of life indoors. These tips can be used to support kids to check in with their body and emotions and establish a sense of calm at a time when the world seems so chaotic.

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Improving Fine Motor Skills at Home

Improving Fine Motor Skills at Home

Fine motor skills are important for everyone to function efficiently – from picking up a cup, typing on the keyboard, to driving a car. Developing a child’s fine motor skills helps them to participate in everyday activities more independently and confidently, and they can have a lot of fun along the way!

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Getting your kids moving at home

Getting your kids moving at home

Due to the current climate where we are spending more time at home, with restrictions for sport and other extracurricular activities ongoing, the opportunities for getting our children’s bodies moving can be seen as limited. At Qualia, we consider health, movement and fitness to be a high priority particularly during these times, and use many household items around the home to keep our children’s bodies moving! Try the following tips and strategies with your child (and join in with them!)

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Tips for left handed writers

5 Top Tips for Left Handed Writers

Lots of children who are left-handed are able to write and complete tasks without any concern at all. Sometimes, making some small modifications can make a big difference and can make writing easier! If your child is left-handed, try the following tips and strategies to help your child be successful in the classroom and in the home environment.

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Craft Project: Pencil / Crayon Roll

Craft Project: Pencil / Crayon Roll

 

 

Have some fun this weekend making a new pencil or crayon roll for your child! If you have a sewing machine and basic sewing skills (i.e. can sew a straight line), you’ll have it ready to go in no time!

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It’s not too late to get ready for school!

It’s not too late to get ready for school!

Written by one of our fabulous therapists, Alice Kettle

If your child has just started school or is looking to start school next year it is never to early or late to practice school readiness skills! Over the holidays we posted a few short videos for school readiness skills! The videos involved the following:

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Would my child benefit from OT?

Does my child need occupational therapy?

Firstly, let’s look at what occupational therapy actually is…

Paediatric occupational therapists work with children to develop independence in their everyday tasks. Children’s primary everyday ‘occupations’ include being a student, friend and player. Occupational therapists (OT’s) can assist children in developing functional skills to perform to the best of their ability in these roles.

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Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills

What are fine motor skills?

Fine motor development refers to the movements that require precise, coordinated actions of small muscles. Fine motor skills usually involve the synchronisation of hands and fingers to complete tasks. There are many overlaps with visual motor control that refers to the ability to coordinate visual information with motor output for visually guided movements (hand-eye coordination).

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Reading with your child: start young and stay with it

Reading with your child: start young and stay with it

We love this article from Bernice Cullinan and Brod Bagert…

 

At just a few months of age, an infant can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and point to objects on cardboard pages. Guide your child by pointing to the pictures, and say the names of the various objects. By drawing attention to pictures and associating words with both pictures and real-world objects, your child will learn the importance of language.

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Making Writing Fun!

Five Fun Writing Activities

If you have a child that finds writing difficult, it can be tricky to find a writing activity that is enjoyable and motivating. While technology is being integrated into the classroom more and more, writing is still the main way children record the information they learn, therefore making it an important skill for learning.

These five activities have been tried and tested and are guaranteed to get your child having fun whilst writing:

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Let’s Play!

Let’s Play!

Last week, Avalon presented to a lovely bunch of mums at Rozelle Espresso on play. Thank you to all the mums who came along! Here is the presentation.

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2017 updates in the clinic

Play and Early Development Talk & Rozelle Markets!

 

We are excited to announce that we will be participating in a community presentation at Rozelle Espresso on Wednesday 15th March at 10.30am. We will also be setting up a stall at Rozelle Markets – come along and say hello!

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10 Apps to Develop Writing Skills

10 Apps to Develop Writing Skills

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This app is great for developing letter formation and is appropriate for ages 4 -7. The app teaches correct formation of number, lower case and capital letters according to NSW Foundation font. Try the ‘shake a letter’ and ‘letter of the day’ options as well!

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Qualia is Now a Registered NDIS Provider 

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Qualia is Now a Registered NDIS Provider 

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was recently established to allow children and teenagers with developmental or participation difficulties access services such as occupational therapy. Childhood is such an important time for setting up how a person learns and develops and support provided early will give your child the best chance of reaching their potential.

How can the NDIS help your child?

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Pencil Pressure

Keep the Pressure Down!

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We see lots of children who are exerting excessive pressure through their fingertips and on the page when writing. There are a number of reasons why your child may be pressing too hard on the pencil or the page. This post will aim to give you some tips and tricks to try with your child to help reduce the pressure.

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10 things to do with a peg

 

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Therapeutic benefit of household pegs

 

Pegs are an easily accessible home resource that can be used to assist in the development of fine motor skills, finger strength, appropriate pencil grasp and functional tasks such as dressing and eating.

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Hair washing, brushing and styling

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Hair Washing, Brushing and Styling

 

Washing, brushing and styling one’s hair can be an incredibly tactile experience. These activities are a fundamental part of a child’s daily routine and can be really tricky for children who are more sensitive.

Here is a list of our favourite tools for hair washing, brushing and styling:

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Why do we care about handwriting?

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Why do we care about handwriting?

 

We are asked all the time about handwriting. “We use laptops and iPads for everything, why do I need to bother addressing my child’s handwriting difficulty?” It is a really valid question. However, writing is more than just drawing letters. When you add the cognitive strategy requirements (memory, planning, attention), semantics, spelling, reading, comprehension and vocabulary components it becomes possibly one of the most complex tasks a student is expected to do in the classroom. Difficulties with writing (such as idea generation or writing speed) might not actually go away by simply moving to a keyboard. Below is a list of areas of handwriting and ideas to address the difficulty:

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10 Quick Handwriting Warm Ups

10 Quick Handwriting Warm-Ups

 

Handwriting warm ups are a great way to get your child ready for writing tasks.

These only take 2-3 minutes to complete and can assist your child with getting their hand and finger muscles ready for writing.

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What is occupational therapy?

 

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Have you ever wondered why occupational therapists work with children? Maybe you are not even sure what an occupational therapist is?

As our first blog entry, we thought we would introduce our profession.

In short, occupational therapy is the therapy of ‘occupations’. Occupations are the everyday ‘jobs’ that an individual does to bring purpose and meaning to their lives. It includes things they need, desire or are expected to do.

For an adult, this may include paid employment but also refers to parenting, being a friend or member of the community. These occupations broadly fall under the categories: self-care, rest, productivity and leisure. For each of these occupations, a person is expected to successfully complete a number of tasks such as driving a car, brushing teeth or using a phone.

Children have occupations too! Children are players, developers and learners. At particular ages, there are activities and tasks that they learn to do, that contribute towards their overall development.

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