Talking Time Blog

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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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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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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Introducing Loretta

I’m the newest kid on the DWSP block, joining the team in July 2016, after 9 years working in the public sector.  I started out teaching ESL in Singapore to adult learners then later made the serendipitous switch to Speech Pathology and haven’t looked back since. Being able to spend your day with children is…

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Term 4 is a good time for School Entry Check Ups!

Speech pathologists are specialists in speech and language – both of which are very important ingredients for success in the classroom. Literacy, oral language, written expression, and comprehension are all areas in which speech pathologists can work with a primary school child. For example, if a child has trouble with producing speech sounds, this may…

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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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The Autism Health and WellBeing Expo is on again…

We are really proud to once again be exhibiting at this great community event.  Amanda and her team did an incredible job pulling it all together in 2015, and we are looking forward to what will no doubt be an even bigger and better repeat performance in 2016. Drop past our table and say “hi”…

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