Lisa’s journey with autism and the ESDM

By | ESDM

Background Lisa is four years old and lives with her parents. She loves dinosaurs and riding her bike. Her and her Mum travel around Sydney on public transport and the trains are her favourite. She always takes book with her wherever she goes, even on the trains. Lisa is one of the 1 in 100 people in Australia who has autism. Let’s look at her journey with autism as she moved through he Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). Initial concerns Lisa’a parents knew by the age of 2.5 years that their daughter was behind other children with her talking. They weren’t…

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Matt’s autism and ESDM therapy

By | ESDM

Background Matt is five years old and he starts school next year. He lives at home with his mother, father and older brother. He loves trains, trucks and farm animals. His favourite TV show is Peppa Pig. Max is one of the 1 in 100 people in Australia living with autism. Let’s look at Mattis journey through autism in his Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapy. Initial concerns Matt’s parents were concerned that their son was not talking by the age of two years. He wasn’t using words and had no real way of communicating. He didn’t seem to listen…

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Picky eater tip #4 – involve your child in shopping and cooking

By | Picky Eaters

WHY IS THIS SUCH AN IMPORTANT THING? Picky eaters really benefit from exposure to a variety of foods. Most importantly, research shows that picky eaters who spend time shopping for different foods and making different food are more likely to try the new foods – eventually! When your picky eater sees the same limited number of foods they currently eat, they are very unlikely to try anything new. First, take your child shopping They can pick the vegetables and fruit and out them in the shopping trolley. Talk about the different foods. Describe what they look like and feel like….

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Bilateral co-ordination and why it matters

By | Occupational Therapy

What is bilateral co-ordination? Bilateral co-ordination is the ability to use both sides of your body at the same time in a co-ordinated way.  You need  bilateral coordination for all parts of your body. This includes using your legs in a co-ordinated way so you can walk, using your eyes so you can see, and using your hands so you can do up buttons and zippers. With good bilateral co-ordination, it means that both sides of your brain are communicating and sharing information. As a child develops good bilateral co-ordination they can move one side of the body whilst they stabilise themselves…

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Autism intervention for babies under 12 months of age

By | ESDM

Over the past 12 months we have had a rapid increase in referrals to our clinic. What is so unusual about these referrals? They are babies all under the age of 12 months! What were they referred for? The were referred because the babies showed the early signs of autism. In fact, most of the referrals have been for babies aged 6-9 months. How do you diagnose autism in babies? We don’t actually diagnose babies with autism. Paediatricians and other professionals use the term ‘red flags for autism’. This means that there are some early signs of autism. Research shows…

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The ESDM and Play Skills

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 take a deeper look at the ESDM and play 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 play? Play is the ability to play with toys…

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Learning to do up buttons and zippers

By | Occupational Therapy

Developing independence in self care skills is one of our goals for all children. Children love the sense of accomplishment that comes with being independent. There are so many great ways to help children learn to: do up buttons zip and unzip use press duds (also known as snaps) You don’t even have to be using the buttons and zippers. So many activities practice the specific skills and are lots of fun. What skills does your child need for buttons and zippers? They need to be able to some complex things. They need: Bilateral Coordination (using both sides of the…

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The ESDM and Joint Attention

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 the critical skill of joint attention in the ESDM. This series of posts will help parents understand how the ESDM improves the features of autism so children can grow and learn. What is joint attention in the ESDM? Joint attention is…

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The ESDM and Imitation

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 imitation 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 imitation? Imitation is the ability to copy what others do. When…

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Developmental Delay and Global Developmental Delay

By | Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology

WHAT IS CHILD DEVELOPMENT? Child development is the order or sequence that children acquire skills as they grow and learn. Children follow a general pattern of development. We expect children to learn things within a particular time frame, and we expect this across all areas of development. The steps in each area of development are called developmental milestones. Each developmental milestone has an age range that we expect the child to develop the skill in: Children usually start using their first word between 12-16 months They should start walking between 12-18 months We are looking for them to use toys in pretend play between…

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ESDM and Expressive 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 Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) develops expressive language 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 expressive communication in the ESDM? Expressive…

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Our Speech Pathology clinic in Bondi Junction

By | Speech Pathology

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 Speech Pathology when don’t develop their communication skills early in life. Speech Pathology early on in life, can positively impact a…

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