Christmas Gift Guide
The countdown is on for the excitement of the Christmas season! We have put together a few inspired ideas for gifts for the holidays. Happy shopping!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!)
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!
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:
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).
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.
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!
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.
Mr Yum is a fun and engaging hand strength and pincer strength activity. Both of these skills are required for pencil grasp, pencil control for handwriting and self-care skills such as dressing.
Getting ready in the morning with a reluctant participant can make for a stressful start to the day for everyone. Hopefully these tips might help: Continue Reading…
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.