Telehealth and Online Services – your questions answered

We’re moving our therapy sessions online from Monday 23 March This applies until further notice, and we’ll be progressing quickly towards that with increased online sessions this week.  Please check out Our COVID-19 Response post for details on what this means for any sessions you currently have booked. Online Therapy Services – is this new…

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A New Era of Therapy: Our COVID-19 Response

At DWSP, we’re a healthcare and education service.  The health and wellbeing of our clients and their families, our staff and the broader community is at the heart of the work we do. Whilst cleanliness and hygiene are always front of mind in our clinics, over the past 2 weeks with the Australian outbreak of…

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Did you know humans swallow up to 700 times a day?

Senior Speech Pathologist, Tamsin, discusses what dysphagia is and how we can help Dysphagia – pronounced dis-fay-juh. It means  – “Difficulty or discomfort in swallowing” Did you know around 1 million Australians have dysphagia?  That is around 1 in 17 people who will experience some form of dysphagia in their lifetime. We swallow, on average around 700…

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Voyager Pilates & the “Parent Pause Program”

Coming to You in July 2018: Voyager Pilates at DWSP – Thornbury We are excited to introduce Sarah, our new pilates instructor.  Sarah will be running a “Parent Pause” Pilates program at our Thornbury clinic, offering parents a brief period of time out and self -care while their children are in session.   Read on…

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An interview with Tiger Time

Last month our Occupational Therapist Rachel (RH) was lucky enough to catch up with Amee Carrick, mother, early educator and creator of tiger time – an instagram page dedicated to inspiring parents to get creative with the sensory play! Providing endless, non-screen based, options for play and learning. Amee can be found over on instagram…

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Fussy eaters and mealtime battles

Why are some kids “fussy eaters”? Food is a huge part of life and daily routines and can be incredibly enjoyable.  However, for many children (and parents!) mealtimes and eating can be one of the most stressful parts of their day. In the DWSP clinic we work with families and children who have limited preferences,…

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Sensitive to Sunscreen? Tips and Tricks for a sensory sunsmart!

Many children can’t stand the feel of sunscreen slathered on their ears, nose and cheeks.  Cold, wet, sticky and sometimes itchy – sunscreen application is one of the summer challenges for many parents as they wrestle slippery, wriggling little people into the sun-smart recommendations. Summer Protective Attire To avoid or minimize sunscreen battles, explore a…

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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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A pleasing Victorian Government Budget announcement…

On April 27 2016, the Victorian Government announced the key initiatives it would fund in the 2016-2017 Budget – it’s a good one for health / education (and therefore Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology).  Hopefully it means more access to our services in schools, and faster referral pathways for preschoolers needing assessment. The budget included…

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