Natty’s Homemade Ice Cream Recipe (from online playgroup)

Materials:  Measuring spoons  Measuring cup  1 tbs Sugar  ½ cup milk or heavy whipping cream  ¼ tsp Vanilla extract  ½ cup Salt. Different types of salts, such as table salt or rock salt, will all work, but may give slightly different results.  Ice cubes (enough to fill the…

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We welcome Nataly!

My name is Nataly and I am so excited to be joining the DWSP team. I am amazed at just how much I have learnt in such a short time from the amazing individuals on the team. Everyone brings new knowledge, culture and ‘spice’ to the group, which I am hoping to absorb. I’m originally…

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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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A day of learning about lip and tongue ties with Dr Kestenberg

Our newest speech therapist, Amelia, was invited to spend the day with Dr. Jeffrey Kestenberg from Coburg Dental Group. Dr Kesteberg is a dentist who specialises in laser frenectomies, that is, the removal of lip, tongue and cheek ties by laser.   The Coburg Dental Group on Moreland Rd is really close to our new Coburg clinic,…

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Diana joins our team in May

We’ve been really lucky to fill our maternity leave therapy spaces with some super new clinicians.  In May we have Diana joining us at the Eltham, Coburg and Thornbury clinics.  Here she is in her own words! “My name is Diana and I am very excited to have joined the team at DWSP.  I’m particularly eager…

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Carolyn begins her Speech Pathology career with DWSP…

We don’t often bring on new graduates to the DWSP team, due to the demanding nature of our work – with families and clients providing feedback that they prefer working with more senior clinicians.  However, when we met Carolyn we were really excited to have her to begin her career with us. She’s dynamic, passionate…

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Our OT team is growing again – welcome to Laura

A warm hello to the DWSP community! My name is Laura and I joined the team here at DWSP back in December 2018.  I met Dee and some of the team several years previously and I am thrilled to have finally joined them. I have always held a passion for supporting children and their families,…

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Motor Skills – what are they, and how do we check them?

What are motor skills? Motor Skills are split into fine motor skills (little movements, e.g. cutting, writing) and gross motor skills (e.g. jumping, balancing).  Children gradually develop their ability to use different groups of muscles across the first 8 years of life, starting with basic gross motor skills, e.g rolling, walking and crawling, and gradually…

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My day at work in a school – a speech pathologist story

  “What did you do in speech therapy today?” his teacher asked. “Played Bop It!” said the student. Yes! Mission accomplished! I thought, as I looked at the teacher and laughed out loud. Since we use so many games and activities to work on our goals – our students often don’t realise they’re learning new…

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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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