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DWSP Welcomes a new member to the Occupational Therapy Team

Welcome to DWSP, Jessica Marzan! We’re thrilled to add another new face to the Dee Wardrop Speech Therapy team; Jessica Marzan has joined us as an Occupational Therapist. Jess’ experience is in Occupational Therapy having graduated from Australian Catholic University with a Bachelors of Occupational Therapy in 2015 and since has been working in paediatric Occupational…

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Park Play

There’s still a few weeks of warm weather before winter kicks in.  Make the most of the warmth and the opportunities for outdoorsy fun! We all know that outdoor and active play is vital for children’s development of motor skills – but playgrounds, parks and play centres are ALSO natural places for children to develop…

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Cardboard box – so much play!

The humble cardboard box has been entertaining children for a very long time! We’ve all seen those kids who would rather play with the box while the expensive toy is forgotten. At the DWSP clinics we always have a number of different sized cardboard boxes around to spark play and imagination and language with the…

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VIDEO POST: Working in a “multidisciplinary team”

Our practice offers a unique, multidisciplinary approach to working with families.  Lots of clients ask what this means!  To try and explain – we wanted to share this video together with the observations different kinds of therapists make when they watch children at play. Here’s a video of 2 little people, (aged 4yrs and 20…

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Handwriting: an overview

Hand writing is a complex skill with perceptual, cognitive and motor components. It is trickier than it looks, and is easy to take for granted! Many children who are referred to Occupational Therapy from schools have difficulties with handwriting. It is the Occupational Therapist’s task to assess the child’s handwriting and identify the underlying cause…

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Why Play therapy is THE counselling approach to help children

As parents, you may have come to notice that there are many ways that children show with their behaviours that they are struggling and not coping well with things that have gone on in their lives. One of the best ways to help children with behavioural, social and emotional problems is through an approach known as play therapy.

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Christmas Themed Therapy Fun!

The lead up to Christmas is such a fun time of year for kids and adults alike.   Doing Christmas themed activities in sessions is a great way to entice children to sneakily work on skills while they think they are just enjoying themselves! Here is some of the tried and true Christmas fun we…

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JUMP IN! Thinking of a trampoline for Christmas?

At this time of year, many of our families start asking us for recommendations about trampolines as Christmas presents.    While trampolines can be funded for some children as part of NDIS, Better Start or HCWA funding schemes, many parents also choose to purchase them just because they’re so beneficial to kids! The potential benefits…

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Picture of a mother reading to her daughter

The Beauty of Books: ideas for reading with your child

Babies learn to love the sound of language long before they notice printed words on a page. Sharing books with children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word.

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Baby learns to talk

Those magic first words: Early Language Development

First words are a key milestone in learning to talk.  The first time your baby says ‘Mummy’ or ‘Daddy’ is an eagerly anticipated moment for all parents; but what happens after those first words emerge? How is your child progressing through their next communication milestones?

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