Occupational Therapy

Wikki stix and formation cards

Why OTs love wikki stix for improving fine motor skills!

How doe we OTs use wikki stix for improving fine motor skills in children? Children love new and different toys. Sometimes this is just what we need to maintain their interest in a fine motor task long enough for them to build up endurance in their little hand and finger muscles. That’s why both in …

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The Importance of Sensory Play

Have you ever wondered how playing with your baby or toddler can impact their performance at school in the future? The below diagram of a tree may help you to visualise what is happening with your little one’s development. It is important that, just like a tree, the “root” (or foundation) skills need to be …

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Child Development

Child Development – Trends & Studies from 2017

As mother’s ourselves, we are always interested to know how the Child and Family Science experts come up with their data.  And, what the outcomes are.   From a study forming part of the Master’s Degree Programme in Education and Child Studies at the Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands, they posed a few questions to …

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Finger Painting Fun with your Toddler

Getting your little one down and dirty with some non-toxic paints is not only fun, but good for their tactile sensory development.   Here is how: Create an “art area” in your kitchen, garage, outside, or even bathroom Stick the paper down so it doesn’t slip around Cover the floor with newspaper or an old …

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Time for tummy-Time!

Time for Tummy-Time!   The most important muscle development that your small baby needs to master during the early stages of development is gaining control of his head. He will move from being in a tight little ball to a more open body position as he gains some control of his body and muscles.  For …

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(Dis) – Ability Day, 3 December 2016

The 3rd of December is Disability Day, or the International Day of People with Disability. The United Nations introduced this concept in 1992 to encourage a better understanding of people affected by a disability, as well as raise awareness about the benefits of integrating disabled persons into every aspect of life. Disability Day is not concerned …

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World Preemie Day 2016

“I may be tiny but my heart is immeasurable” Julia Toivonen   With 1 in 8 babies born early (before 37 weeks), World Preemie Day is significant for a rising number of families. For some – the experience is real to them today, and for others it is a reminder of a pocket of time …

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Happy Friendship Day, everyone!

Next week Tuesday (30 July) is the International Day of Friendship! We found a lovely project for little friends to create together, check out http://www.crayonfreckles.com/2011/11/days-of-creation-sensory-activities.html?m=1 for some detailed instructions. The activity is a lovely sensory bin that your little groovy adventurers can create themselves and at the same time it tells the Creation story. Using …

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