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For the most part, a parent, carer, or even both parents will attend a therapy session with their child.  This can be very important to ensure that the adults know what goals are being worked on, and to help reinforce the homework activities until the next time. Occasionally, it may be felt necessary to bring another adult into the therapy session. This can be a school teacher, childminder, or …

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It can be great to get outside with the kids when the summer arrives. Even if you live in the middle of a city, there are usually lots of places to take a fresh look at if you have the right piece of technology with you, and the right inquisitive mind. Below are just a few apps (free, and available on iTunes or GooglePlay) to get you thinking.  I have …

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Part to Whole Relationships Pretty much everything in the world is made up of smaller bits.  So for every WHOLE, it has a number of PARTS.  This relationship can be very helpful when teaching your child to new vocabulary.  For example, a tree is not JUST a tree.  A tree has branches, a trunk, bark, twigs, leaves, roots, etc.  So when you are teaching your child vocabulary, consider not just …

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Stuttering – when is it time to ring the therapist? Children learn language at a very fast pace.  In just a few short years, they go from crying to have their needs met, to speaking in complete sentences!  With this, parents may hear their child start to stutter or stammer, which is a repetition or prolongation of a sound, word or phrase. Many children go through a typical, developmentally appropriate …

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Developing the skills to use cutlery One skill area that many parents and teachers ask about is developing knife and fork skills. Using a knife and fork is an intricate task which involves the coordination of using two hands together to form a smooth an efficient motor plan. Children who have difficulty with coordination often will have difficulty with cutting, lifting and coordinating using a knife and fork. Additionally children …

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How you can help with your child’s Assessment Whether it is a Speech, Occupational or Joint SLT/OT Assessment you are coming for, the CATTS Assessments use Standardised Tools to help paint an overall picture to serve as a basis for therapy. As such, often during the administration of the assessment itself, though you may want to help or assist your child with the task, we would ask that you please …

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Toys Toys Toys!!! Shopping for toys can be a difficult task at the best of times. Playing with toys is a significant part of child’s daily routine.   Play is the tool through which your child develops fine and gross motor skills. Play also enables your child to learn about form and shape, perceive touch and learn about textures. Different play pursuits / or games enable the development and integration …

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Dysphagia - Do you know the signs?

Dysphagia means having any difficulty with eating, drinking or swallowing If you or someone you know or care for is experiencing these symptoms, they may have dysphagia. Dysphagia can be managed, but first it needs to be found!     The Obvious signs… Coughing/ Choking on food or drinks Reduced appetite Slowed eating pace Drooling Changes in face colour The hidden signs… Watering eyes Weight loss Recurrent chest infections Gurgly …

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