Immersive Reader on Microsoft Edge

Immersive Reader on Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge has now released an accessibility tool to help individuals navigate web pages and read information easier! It is called Immersive Reader and provides users with multiple options to make the information easier to understand and comprehend without all the distracting pop-ups and advertisements.
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Our top tips for starting school


Our Top Tips for Starting School

Is your child starting school next year? Are you wondering what you can start doing now to support their school transition? Here are our top tips to help your child be more independent as they start school.

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You, your child and pretend play

You, Your Child and Pretend Play!

Pretend play, symbolic play, imaginative play, make-believe play, or fantasy play involves the use of items, toys and people to represent something different in play (Stagnitti, 2011; Aspect, 2015). With so much time past since being a child, it isn’t surprising to find yourself as a parent feeling a little out of touch with being playful! This can leave us feeling unsure how to join our children in play.

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Technology and kids: Quality over Quantity

Technology and kids: Quality over Quantity

Therapists are frequently being asked by parents about the role of technology in their child’s learning. Evidence suggests that sedentary screen time can have long term impacts on development, such as children having shorter attention spans and finding it harder to learn to read. That is why it is important to be aware of the recommended screen time for different ages and how to use technology as a tool to create learning opportunities.

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How to Teach Children to have a Growth Mindset

How to Teach Children to have a Growth Mindset

A positive mindset is essential for kids’ success and goal achievement. Many health professionals and teachers help kids develop a positive frame of mind by using a growth mindset. A growth mindset is the idea that our traits can be nurtured and we can learn from mistakes. It teaches that we can achieve goals with effort and persistence rather than innate ability. It helps us approach challenges, mistakes and set-backs as a learning opportunity or simply as a sign that we should keep trying. Kids feel empowered and confident to try their hardest when they know they are able to grow their brains and improve their abilities! Continue Reading…

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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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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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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