10 Tips For Getting Into A Calm And Alert State

The big question, ‘How can I get my child to be calm so that they can participate in what home/school/community life?’. So many children find it difficult to even know what calm feels like, let along how they can calm themselves down when they are feeling angry, anxious or over silly.We need to be in […]

6 Social Skills Strategies

We have many families that come to us wanting support to develop their child’s social skills. So we have put together this video series to delve into all the different areas that may be impacting a childs ability to engage with others and make friends. Social skills is not just about liking the same things […]

7 Things You Need To Know About Sensory Processing

We all process sensory information as a way to take in information from around us and understand the world. For some children and adults the way this information gets processed can lead to: information being missed or not taken in feeling overloaded with too much information coming in input being a painful experience rather than […]

Taking a look at the evidence behind therapy camps

Here is a brief overview of the papers that we found on camps: Kinnealey, M., Koenig, K., & Heucker, G. (1999). Changes in special needs children following intensive short-term intervention.  Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders, (3), 85-103. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/   292144483_Changes_in_special_needs_ children_following_intensive_short-term_intervention This was a study of Camp Avanti in the USA Research Design: Quasi-experimental […]

Engine Program

How does your engine run? – Alert Program  Adjusting a car’s engine speed helps us to safely and appropriately navigate the world around us. Just think, when our car engine is at its optimal level, we are able to travel to and from destinations safely and prevent passengers and pedestrians from getting hurt. But what […]

‘Be careful!’ – what you can say instead

The children who we are often saying ‘be careful’ too are often our kids that have difficulty with motor planning. Either they: Are not sure how to move their body (i.e. difficulty planning movement) Don’t quite get the movements right when they attempt to move (i.e. carrying out the movement) Can’t predict what is going […]

School Refusal

We are about to emerge from our little iso-cocoons – the government is pulling back on some restrictions, so back to the real world of school, task demands, social interactions, expectations and sensory stimulation. For some kids – they are going to take one look at the big wide world, say “no thank you” and […]

Kids that HAVE to win

Chances are, if you have clicked on this blog, you know a kid that HAS to win (yep, bold, capitalise, italics and underline) and this competitive streak is ruining their ability to make and maintain friendships and their ability at times to function. And truth be told – it can make them hard to like […]

5 Ways To Understand Behaviour

There are many different reasons and ways to understand your child’s behaviour. It can be very confusing to know what to read or where to start! So we have put together our top 5 ways that we explain why a child may behaving the way they are to a parent/teacher. In our therapy session, we […]

5 Foundations For Gross Motor Skills

Many kids have challenges with Gross Motor skills which can affect their ability to look after themselves, play and learn. Our Gross Motor schools allow us to maintain a seated posture which is needed for sitting at a desk, to be able to navigate play ground equipment and to stand on one leg to put […]