Two and Talking – Term 2, 2019

If your Miss or Mr 2 is not quite using the words you’d expected, or if you’d like some ideas and strategies for encouraging your 2 year old to use more words, then this group program, running in Term 2 and 3, might be just what you’re looking for. “Two And Talking is a group…

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Let’s Make Little Friends – Social Skills group at Footscray

In Term 2, 2019 we will offer this program for first time at our Footscray clinic after several successful terms at our Thornbury site.  This group session are designed for pre-schoolers aged 3-5 years to support them in developing their skills for interaction, play and communication with others. What skills will my child learn? Goals may…

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Messy Play (Part 1) – what is it?

Why should we encourage kids in messy play/sensory play? From the very first day they are born, children are designed to explore the world via all their senses; taste, sight, touch, hearing and smell.  That’s why babies and toddlers touch and mouth everything, and why kids make funny noises with their mouths and experiment with how…

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Doll House Antics – ideas for imaginative play

Small doll play is a developmental milestone for cognitive skills and imaginary play. It’s the kind of play which children can enjoy by themselves or with 1-2 friends in a small group. The dolls and storys they tell can change as they grow and find new interests – and it’s a kind of play that…

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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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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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