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Why Occupational Therapy helps gross motor skills?

By | Occupational Therapy

What are gross motor skills? Gross motor skills are what children need to perform whole body movements using large muscle groups. This includes movements with their arms, legs and other large body parts. Gross Motor Skills are what the child needs to be able to perform everyday activities such as standing, walking, running and jumping. This is what helps them sit at the dinner table or school desk. It also includes skills such as throwing, catching, and kicking. Children need gross motor skills to ride their bike or scooter, and to go swimming. Occupational Therapy can help with this! It…

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Early Start Denver Model research

By | ESDM

Who developed the Early Start Denver Model? Professor Sally Rogers and her colleagues developed the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) over a 30-year period. The ESDM is a comprehensive intervention for young children with autism. Professor Rogers’ groundbreaking research at the M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California pioneered the intervention and it was adopted around the world. Let’s look at the research that supports the Early Start Denver Model. What is the Early Start Denver Model? Firstly, the ESDM is a set of specific strategies that professionals, and parents or caregivers, use to work with young children with an…

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What is low muscle tone and why does it matter?

By | Occupational Therapy

What is low muscle tone? Muscle tone is the amount of tension (or resistance to movement) in muscles. Low muscle tone means that there is less tension in the muscle when it is at rest. Low muscle tone is used to describe muscles that are floppy, which is also known as hypotonia.Children with low muscle tone may also tire more easily. They use more energy to move their muscles. Muscle tone and muscle strength are not the same thing. Children can have strong muscles but still have low tone. Low muscle tone is a neurological issue.  Low muscle tone is…

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How to teach your child to use a knife and fork

By | Occupational Therapy

Why is using a knife and fork important? Parents often ask about teaching their child to use a knife and fork. Mealtimes are an important aspect of family and social life. Most cultures use food as a part of bringing their communicate together. Its important that children can participate appropriately in these social situations. Not every culture uses cutlery. However, in cultures where cutlery use is expected, it is important that children learn this skills by the correct age. Learning to eat with a knife and fork is a gross motor, fine motor and social skill. When children eat with…

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Tummy time for all children helps attention and focus!

By | Occupational Therapy

Tummy time is not just for babies… WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT A CHILD NEEDS TUMMY TIME? Does your child fidget in their chair? Do they have trouble holding their head up at the table? They may benefit from tummy time. The Occupational Therapists at our clinic in Bondi Junction, in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, recommend tummy time for all children. They use fun, exciting tummy time activities for older children to help their motor skill development. HOW DOES TUMMY TIME HELP? Tummy time is the foundation skill for rolling, sitting, crawling and pulling from sit to stand. It is an…

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Speech Pathology and the ESDM?

By | ESDM

Do I need ESDM and Speech Pathology? Parents are confused and often overwhelmed when their child gets a diagnosis of autism. Then they deal with the worry and grief over the diagnosis. It days and weeks to work out what interventions are going to be the best for their child. We field lots of phone calls from parents every week. One of the questions parents always ask is, “Do I need Speech Pathology and the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)?” Parents sift through the minefield of interventions that are available. They spend hours trying to work out what combination of…

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What is stuttering?

By | Speech Pathology

Stuttering is a speech disorder that affects the person’s ability to speak smoothly. People who stutter know what they want to say, but have trouble saying it because their speech fluency is interrupted by: Repeating sounds in words or phrases (e.g. ‘I I I I can do it’) Prolonging sounds in a word (e.g. ‘where’s my bbbbanana’?) Blocking; which is when no sounds come out when the person is trying to speak. People who stutter may also develop non-verbal movements associated with their stutter. This can include head movements, blinking, and facial grimacing. Causes of stuttering The exact cause of…

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What happens in a Speech Pathology Assessment?

By | Speech Pathology

What happens in a Speech Pathology Assessment You’ve made the decision to have your assessed by one of  Speech Pathologists at OneOnOne Children’s Therapy. For some parents it is a relief to start the process, some parents feel quite anxious about the results of the assessment, and some parents feel overwhelmed with the journey they may be starting. It is normal to feel some or all of these emotions. This is what happens in the assessment at our Bondi Junction clinic. Parent Discussion Our Speech Pathologists will be asking questions about your child’s development. This helps us understand all the…

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Early Start Denver Model assessment

By | ESDM

WHAT IS THE EARLY START DENVER MODEL ASSESSMENT? The assessment in the Early Start Denver Model is a critical part of a child’s program. We use the assessment as the basis of the program that each child will have for the next 10 weeks. Certified ESDM Therapists use the assessment to individualise the program. They use the skills that the child has already learned and develop the next set of skills that the child needs to learn. We use the Early Start Denver Model Curriculum Checklist during the assessment. This is a play based assessment where the therapist provides play…

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Best practice for young children with autism

By | ESDM

What is autism? Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder, which affects a child’s social learning from the very early stages of life. Children with autism are less likely to observe and imitate others, to seek out and play with peers, to initiate social and communicative interactions. As a result, it is hard to respond to social initiations directed to them.  Unusual and repetitive behaviours emerge in the second year of life. This can be seen in difficulties with changes, wanting to stick to the same routines, and using unusual repetitive actions with their body or objects. Autism impacts many…

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Successfully starting your baby on solids

By | Picky Eaters

Your baby has just turned 6 months old and the day has arrived! You’re ready to start your little one on solids! You’ve got the food ready and you’ve bought a lovely new spoon. What now? How do you start your baby on solids? Is there a choking risk? What if they gag or vomit? What texture should the food be? There are so many questions that parents have when they start their baby on solids. At OneOnOne Children’s Therapy, our Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists are very familiar with these concerns parents have. Let’s hear what they have to…

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Why ESDM is the best intervention for your child

By | ESDM

The ‘Committee on Educational Interventions for Children with Autism’ made a set of recommendations about autism. They decided on the best practices for early intervention in young children with autism. The Early Start Denver Model, or ESDM, is a best practice. Let’s find out why. Every early intervention program for autism should: Start soon after diagnosis. Include an individualised program that addresses the child’s unique characteristics, strengths, weaknesses and challenges. A trained, professional, interdisciplinary team should design and oversee the program The intervention curriculum should focus on the specific areas of challenges in ASD. Have data collection to show the child’s…

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