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The reasons why balance and co-ordination are important

By | Occupational Therapy

What are balance and coordination? Balance and co-ordination are important developmental skills. Balance is the ability to maintain your body position while you are doing something. This could be while you are  sitting at a desk, crossing the road or walking up stairs. To be able to do many different movements across lots of different environments, we need to maintain our body position during still and moving activities. Static balance is holding a controlled body position while still. Dynamic balance is holding a controlled body position while moving. Why are balance and coordination important? Good balance and coordination means that a…

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ESDM and Receptive Communication

By | ESDM

Autism is a complex neurodevelopment condition. Early intervention is key to helping children with autism. The Early Start Denver Model, or ESDM, is an intervention for young children with autism. It is delivered by our certified ESDM therapists. At our Sydney clinic, OnOnOne Children’s Therapy is proud to offer this early intervention to all our families. Let’s look at how the ESDM develops receptive communication skills. This series of posts will help parents understand how the ESDM improves the features of autism so children can grow and learn. What is receptive communication in the ESDM? Receptive communication is the ability…

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Managing tantrums in the ESDM

By | ESDM

Autism is a complex neurodevelopment condition. Tantrums are one of the big challenges for children with autism. Early intervention is key to improving behaviour children with autism. The Early Start Denver Model, or ESDM, is an intervention for young children with autism. It is delivered by certified ESDM therapist and we are proud to offer this early intervention to our families. Let’s look at how the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) manages and improves behaviour and tantrums. The concept behind tantrum behaviour in the ESDM is very simple Don’t reinforce the behaviour that the child uses while they are having…

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The importance of Occupational Therapy

By | Occupational Therapy

Why do some children need Occupational Therapy? The first three years of a child’s life are critical for development. This is when they develop communication, motor skills and cognition. The brain makes enormous developments during this period that lead to these skills. However, some children don’t develop these skills at the same rate or in the same way as their peers. Some young children take longer to develop, some develop these skills poorly, and some children have associated conditions that impact on these areas. Children need Occupational Therapy when don’t develop their ability to move well early in life. Occupational…

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Why getting dressed is an important skill for children

By | Occupational Therapy

Dressing is a very important skill. Children need to develop many complex motor patterns to be able to manipulate the clothing and their body to put clothes on. They practice getting dressed often so they learn it. When should children start dressing themselves Before children can learn to dress themselves, they have to be able to take off socks, shoes, and pants.At about 18 months, children will start  to undressing themselves because this is an easier skill. This is why you often find a nude child running around the house. They don’t usually learn to start putting their clothes back on until…

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How many words should my child be saying?

By | Speech Pathology

Parents often ask this question. In fact, it is one of the first questions parents ask our Speech Pathologists. Why do parents worry about it? The number of words that the child says is often the first clue that the child’s speech and language is not developing appropriately. Children vary in their speech and language development but we expect a certain number of words by a particular age. Some children use 5 words at 18 months, and other children use 200. It may surprise you to know, that both can be in the normal range. How many words do most…

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Why is learning so difficult for children with autism?

By | Autism

Children are very curious about new things Children are born to learn. They are inquisitive about new things and are attracted to new and interesting things. As a consequence of this curiosity, they learn new things very quickly. They learn new actions, new words, new concepts at an extraordinary fast pace. Children learn these new things by watching other people make the actions, say the words and use the concepts. Then they imitate what they see others do. Early learning is that simple! There is a social context to learning Children don’t learn these things by doing them by themselves….

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How do children learn to hold a pencil correctly?

By | Occupational Therapy

The picture above is a great example of how children should hold their pencils correctly. When children come in for a handwriting assessment at our Bondi Junction clinic, parents are often amazed at how early pencil grasp begins to develop. Our Occupational Therapists explain that the early steps in learning to hold a pencil correctly start before the child turns one. What is a pincer grasp? The pincer grasp, or pincer grip, is what children do with their hands to hold objects between the thumb and any of the fingers. It allows the child to pick up and place small items using…

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Keeping a holiday routine makes a difference

By | General

The school holidays are just around the corner. While your children are probably very excited to sleep in and not have to do homework, keeping them in a regular holiday routine is important. Our Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists stress the value of maintaining holiday routines for all of our families in our Bondi Junction clinic. Routines are an important part of keeping your children on the right learning path. Routines allow children to stay calm. Children are more complaint when they know what is expected. The return to school is easier when a holiday routine has been maintained. Keep…

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The Early Start Denver Model is best practice

By | ESDM

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is an evidence-based intervention. Importantly, it is best practice in early intervention according to the National Research Council (2001) guidelines: Firstly, this intervention starts early in life. It is for children between the ages of 2-5 years. Children as young as 6 months do the program. The ESDM improves the outcomes of children with autism. Therapists and parents use the program across the child’s whole day. The Certified ESDM Therapists use it during individual and group programs. Parents use it during the child’s everyday routines. The ESDM is easy to incorporate into daily routines….

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What are the early signs of autism?

By | ESDM

The early signs of autism can vary significantly from child to child. It is important to understand the early signs of autism. What is important to know is that all children who have an autism spectrum disorder will have some level of difficulty in three three key areas. What are the three key areas of difficulty in autism? Using verbal and non-verbal communication Socialising and interacting with people around them Having repetitive and restricted interest and behaviours We can detect the early signs of autism in children as young as six months. However, most children are not diagnosed until they are…

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