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School readiness – Learning to Read and Write

By | General

School Readiness Starting school is a very exciting time for children. There are so many wonderful things to learn and new friends to make. There are so many great school readiness activities that you can do before your child starts school. Many parents are keen to prepare their children for reading and writing. OneOnOne Children’s Therapy has made a booklet to develop your child’s school readiness. The NSW Foundation Font is used in the booklet. This is a free resource for everyone. Please remember that all children develop differently. Your child does not need to do the things in this…

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Reading shouldn’t be so hard.

By | Literacy

Using the Sounds Write approach to help children who have fallen behind in reading and spelling. Some children find it much harder to learn to read and spell. As a consequence of this, they can fall behind at school. They may suffer self-esteem issues as they see their friends complete schoolwork faster and with greater ease. Learning to read and spell doesn’t happen naturally. Learning to speak happens naturally for most children, but learning to read has to be explicitly taught. We don’t learn to read and spell by watching someone else do it. It requires careful, structured teaching. Our…

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ESDM vs ABA – what’s the difference?

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. Certified ESDM therapists deliver the ESDM and we are proud to offer this early intervention to our families. What are ESDM and ABA? The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) are interventions for children with autism. Why is it important to understand the differences between ESDM and ABA? There are been a rapid increase in the diagnosis of autism. In Australia, the rate of diagnosis is…

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The Early Start Denver Model – having fun while learning!

By | ESDM

The ESDM makes learning fun It comes as no surprise to anybody when I say that children learn best when they are having fun. The question is ‘Why do they learn better when they are having fun?’. They learn better for many reasons, and a certified Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapist is able to get a child to the this point many times during a session so that many learning opportunities occur. How does the ESDM do this? • Planning the toys or activities before the session starts • Having motivating toys available in the room so the child…

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Picky Eater Tip #3 – set regular mealtimes and snacks.

By | Picky Eaters

Picky eaters cause parents a lot of stress. Parents worry about their child’s nutritional intake. They try very hard to get their picky eater back on track. Sometime, the parents strategies work. Sometime, the whole thing keeps getting worse. Do you have a picky eater? Let’s look at Tip #3. It is important to set regular mealtimes and snacks. You need to set a regular meal and snack time schedule. Track your child’s eating times for three days. Look at the pattern. Decide where you need to make improvements. How do you know if the schedule is ok? Let’s look…

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Why core strength is importance for children’s development

By | Occupational Therapy

The ability to balance, perform co-ordinated movements, sit up straight, sits relatively still in a chair, write with a pencil, use scissors or jump and run is pretty hard if you don’t have a strong core.  At our Bondi Junction clinic our Occupational Therapists are very aware of the fact  that decreased core strength often leads to other issues such as W sitting and delayed gross and fine motor  development. Why do so many children have weak core muscles these days? Our Occupational Therapists find that more and more kids are having difficulty with posture and overall strength. This could be…

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Picky Eater Tip #1 – it’s not about the vegetables

By | blogs, Picky Eaters

You have a picky eater and it is causing stress for your whole family. Parents who come into our Bondi Junction clinic clinic will often tell our Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists that what really worries them is their child’s nutritional intake. They worry that their child aren’t getting enough calories. They are concerned that they aren’t getting the minimum daily amounts of vitamins and minerals. When is comes to helping your picky eater become more adventurous, in the beginning we need to set aside concerns about nutritional intake. Unless your child has significant medical issues, we need to  address…

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How to help your child talk tip #2 – slow down and wait

By | Speech Pathology

Why should I slow down? Babies are surrounded by so much language. They are learning to listen to that language and process it so they can do the same thing when they get older. However, the pathways in their brain are new. They can’t process speech and language as quickly as we can. Life is busy, parents are busy and children lead busier lives. When the pace of life slows, children can take in more around them. They can learn more from every experience. This includes slowing down the rate at which you speak to your child. Processing language is…

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Picky Eater Tip # 2 – Serve new foods in tiny portions

By | Picky Eaters

If you have a picky eater then you know how challenging it can be to introduce new foods into their diet. Picky eaters are easily overwhelmed by new foods. It is often a reaction to the look, the smell, the texture and the colour of the new foods. How do you stop new foods from being overwhelming for your child? You make them ‘underwhelming’. The best way to do this is to present them: in very small pieces in very small quantities on very small plates or in very small cups Research shows that picky eaters are more likely to…

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Estelle’s progress in the ESDM

By | ESDM

Estelle is one of 1 in 100 people in Australia who have autism. Her parents chose the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) as her intervention. Let’s look at her fantastic progress. Background Estelle is five years old and  lives at home with her parents and younger sister. She loves to get dressed in pink summery dresses. She spends hours playing with her dolls house and drawing. One of her favourite activities is baking cupcakes with her Mum. Estelle has a cheeky sense of humour and spends a lot of time laughing. Initial concerns Estelle ‘s parents became concerned when she…

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Learning to make friends – your child’s role in play

By | ESDM

Is play that important? One of the things our Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Certified ESDM Therapists hear constantly is a parents’ wish for their child to make friends – “I just want him to have some friends”. Learning to play with your friends is quite a complex skill. Children need to listen to what their friends say and understand what they say. They need to talk back or gesture back to their friends. There are lots of social rules that they learn as they make friends. It’s complicated! However, when children learn to play they also: Learn problem solving…

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How to help your child talk – Tip #3 is eliminate distractions

By | Speech Pathology

How do children learn to talk? Children learn to talk by hearing other people talk. They hear all the people all around them talk. This process of listening to other people talk starts from the day they are born. Their little brains are hard wired to take in sounds and words from the very beginning. Children, from babies to pre-schoolers, learn language from the people around them. They learn language from the people they spend the most time with. This is usually the parent. However, it can be siblings, grandparents, even nannies and day care workers. When children need some…

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