School child learning written expression skills to succeed at school

Written Expression Skills

By | Speech Pathology

Children develop written expression skills as they learn to communicate their thoughts and ideas through writing. Here are some ways they develop these skills: Learning Letters: Children start by learning the alphabet and how letters make sounds. They practice writing letters by tracing them and forming them on their own. Building Vocabulary: As children learn new words, they can use them in their writing to make their ideas clearer and more detailed. They learn words from books, conversations, and experiences. Sentence Structure: Children learn how to put words together to form sentences. They start with simple sentences and gradually learn…

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child learning to use cutlery with fine motor issues in Bondi Junction and Mascot

Learning cutlery skills

By | uncategorizes

Learning to use cutlery is a big step for kids as they become more independent and capable at mealtime. Using a knife, fork, and spoon helps children eat neatly and efficiently, making mealtime more enjoyable for everyone. Let’s explore how children learn cutlery skills and the exciting journey of mastering this important co-ordination skill. How Children Learn to Use Cutlery Observation: Children often start by watching others use cutlery, like their parents, siblings, or peers. They observe how utensils are held, how food is picked up, and how bites are taken. This helps them understand the basics of using cutlery….

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Chewy foods for a speech Pathology session in Bondi Junction and Mascot

Why are children fussy eaters?

By | Picky Eaters

Fussy eaters are when children are picky about what they eat. It means they eat a limited number of foods. It oftn means they won’t try foods. Many fussy eaters want their food to be prepared the same way every time. It’s pretty common and happens for lots of different reasons. Let’s take a look at why fussy eating occurs in kids. Why Fussy Eating Happens Taste Preferences: Kids have their own taste buds, just like adults. Some foods taste yummy to them, while others don’t. They might like sweet foods but not spicy ones, or prefer crunchy snacks over…

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Young girl learning to balance in Occupational Therapy session

Developing balance in young children

By | Occupational Therapy

Developing balance in young children is super important because it helps them move around confidently and safely. It is all about being able to stay steady when standing, walking, or doing other activities. It’s a big part of what lets kids explore their world, play sports, and even just get through their daily routines. Let’s look at why this skill is so important and some fun ways to help kids improve it. Why Balance Matters Foundation for Movement: It is the foundation for all kinds of movement. Whether kids are running, jumping, or riding a bike, they need good balance…

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Child on a bolster swing in an Occupational Therapy clinic with an Occupational Therapist for developmental delay or autism in Bondi Junction and Mascot in Sydney working on postural development

Postural development in young children

By | Occupational Therapy

Postural development is super important for young children because it helps them learn to sit, stand, and move around with good balance and control. Good posture means that the body is aligned properly, which is crucial for all sorts of activities, from playing to learning. Let’s dive into why postural development matters and how it impacts a child’s growth and daily life. Why Postural Development Matters Foundation for Movement: Good posture is the foundation for all movement. When children have strong postural skills, they can move more easily and safely. This includes sitting up straight, standing tall, and moving their…

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Child learning gestures by clapping to communicate

Gestures are important for communication development

By | Speech Pathology

Gestures are movements children use to communicate before they can talk. They are an important part of early development. Here’s how young children develop them: Early Movements: Babies start by moving their arms and hands. These movements are not always purposeful but help them learn how their bodies work.  Pointing: Around 9-12 months, babies begin to point at things they want or find interesting. Pointing helps them communicate their needs and interests before they can use words.  Waving: Babies often learn to wave goodbye around the same time. This simple gesture helps them understand and participate in social interactions.  Reaching:…

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young children with autism learning imitation skills in the ESDM

Imitation skills in the ESDM

By | ESDM

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) places a significant emphasis on imitation development. It is a core component of the ESDM intervention strategy for young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Imitation is a fundamental social learning skill, critical for cognitive and social development. It involves many things. This includes the ability to observe and replicate the actions, behaviours, and expressions of others. It serves as a foundation for more complex social interactions and communication skills. Importance of Imitation in ESDM Imitation is particularly crucial for children with ASD. This is because they often struggle with social communication and observational…

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Low muscle tone with Occupational Therapist in Bondi Junction and Mascot

Low Muscle Tone

By | Occupational Therapy

Understanding Low Muscle Tone in Children and How Occupational Therapy Helps Low muscle tone, or hypotonia, is a condition where children have decreased muscle tension. This can make their muscles feel floppy and weak, leading to challenges in movement and coordination. Understanding low muscle tone and how occupational therapy can help is crucial for supporting children’s development. Let’s explore what low muscle tone is, its signs, causes, and how occupational therapy can make a difference. What is Low Muscle Tone? Low muscle tone means that the muscles have less tension than usual. This can affect how muscles contract and hold…

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Young boy doing speech pathology to work on speech development

Children’s speech development

By | Speech Pathology

Children’s speech development is an amazing journey filled with new sounds, words, and expressions. As kids grow, they learn to communicate in different ways, from babbling as babies to talking in sentences as they get older. Let’s explore how children’s speech develops and the exciting milestones along the way. How Children’s Speech Develops Babbling Babies: Babies start communicating from the moment they’re born, even before they can talk. They babble and coo, making all sorts of cute sounds to express themselves and interact with the world around them. First Words: Around 6 to 12 months old, babies start saying their…

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Occupational Therapy gym in Mascot and Bondi Junction to use ESDM in the community

ESDM in the community

By | ESDM

Using the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) in the Community The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a wonderful way to help young children with autism. It uses fun, play-based activities to teach important skills. While ESDM often starts at home, it can also be very effective in the community. Let’s explore how you can use ESDM in different community settings to help children learn and grow. Fun at the Playground Slide and Swing: The playground is a great place to practice ESDM. When your child is on the slide, you can encourage them to say “ready, set, go!” before…

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Children with autism doing exercise in ESDM group in Bondi Junction and Mascot

Exercise and Autism

By | ESDM

The Importance of Exercise for Children with Autism Exercise is important for everyone, but it can be especially beneficial for children with autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that affects communication, behaviour, and social interactions. Exercise can help improve many areas of life for children with autism, including physical health, emotional well-being, and social skills. Let’s dive into why exercise is so important and explore fun ways to get children with autism moving! Physical Health Benefits Improved Fitness: Regular exercise helps children with autism improve their overall fitness. Activities like running, jumping, and swimming strengthen their muscles…

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Communication delay in 2 year old child with Speech Pathologist in Bondi Junction and Mascot

Communication Delay in 2 Year Old Children

By | Speech Pathology

Communication delay in 2-year-olds can be a common concern for many parents and caregivers. Understanding what it is, how to identify it, and ways to help your child can make a big difference. Here’s a guide to help you understand and support a 2-year-old with a communication delay. Understanding Communication Delay A communication delay means that a child is not developing speech and language skills at the expected rate. This can include difficulties with speaking, understanding, or using gestures. Typical Communication Milestones for 2-Year-Olds By the age of 2, most children can: Say 50 or more words. Combine two or…

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