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The Sounds Write approach and why segmenting is taught from the first lesson.

By | Literacy

Sounds Write is a highly successful approach to literacy intervention for children who have fallen behind in reading and spelling. One of the reasons for this success is that it focuses on one of the most critical skill in learning to read and spell. That skill is segmenting, and Sounds Write focuses on this from the very first lesson. Segmenting is the ability to split words up into their separate speech sounds. Students then blend the sounds back together to read a word. Why is segmenting important? Every unit in the Sounds Write approach starts with this word building because:…

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What is hand dominance and why is it important?

By | Occupational Therapy

What is hand dominance? Hand dominance refers to the fact that children have a preferred hand for precision work. We call it the worker hand or dominant hand. How does hand dominance develop? From a very young age, babies and then toddlers explore how their hands work together.  First, they begin to bring their hands together in front of them. They play with their fingers and start making movements using both hands such as  clapping.  Then they perform activities that involve the movement of both hands. This includes crawling and climbing. Young children then start to scribble, cut and complete…

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Dramatic play improves social skills in young children

By | General

Dramatic play is a lot of fun but it is more than just child’s play. At our Bondi Junction clinic, we believe that it is a vital component of children’s general development. It is a critical part of social skills development but what most people don’t realise is that it is one of the highest levels of pretend play. You can learn more about Dramatic play . For now, let’s look at how it improves these areas of development: Communication development Dramatic play generally involves a lot of verbal communication. However, it also involves an abundance of non-verbal communication as well. Children…

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How does the Early Start Denver Model work?

By | ESDM

The Early Start Denver Model, ESDM, is a therapy for young children with autism. It reduces features of autism for children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. OneOnOne Children’s Therapy  provides this cutting-edge intervention in New South Wales. The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) uses a play-based approach. It has four levels that follow general development for children. However, it focuses on the areas that challenge young children with autism. Despite being play based, it involves intensive teaching. Every session in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) aims to engage the child and teach every 20-30 seconds. This…

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