The importance of a pincer grasp Posted by: Susan Marden • 22 Aug, 2017 0

A pincer grasp is  a developmental milestone which allows a child to pick up small objects with their thumb and forefinger. It normally develops between the ages of 9-12 months. Children who have an immature grasp will find it difficult to play with small toys such as blocks and beads. They may also struggle to… Read more »

What is the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)? Posted by: Susan Marden • 20 Mar, 2017 0

What is the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)?  The ESDM is an early intervention model for young children with autism. It is designed to target the key features of autism. How does it work? The ESDM involves intensive teaching in play-based sessions. It uses a curriculum that has strong relationship-focused routines and strategies. The ESDM… Read more »

Should I worry about my child ‘W’ sitting? Posted by: Susan Marden • 27 Feb, 2017 0

‘W’ sitting is when you sit on your bottom, with knees bent, feet tucked under and out to each side in a “W” configuration. W sitting is a position that provides a wide base of support for children to feel stable and balanced when sitting. Children with weak posture and /or difficulties staying balanced may adopt… Read more »

Keeping children in a routine during the holidays Posted by: Susan Marden • 13 Dec, 2016 0

The school holidays are just around the corner. While your children are probably very excited to sleep in and not have to do homework, keeping them in a regular routine is important. Routines are an important part of keeping your children on the right learning path. Routines allow children to stay calm. Children are more… Read more »

What are the early signs of autism? Posted by: Susan Marden • 5 Dec, 2016 0

The early signs of autism can vary significantly from child to child. What is important to know is that all children who have an autism spectrum disorder will have some level of difficulty in these three key areas: 1.Using verbal and non-verbal communicating 2.Socialising and interacting with people around them 3.Having repetitive and restricted interest… Read more »

Getting Ready for School – Learning to Read and Write Posted by: Susan Marden • 11 Nov, 2016 0

Starting school is a very exciting time for children. There are so many wonderful things to learn and new friends to make. As parents, there are some things you can do to prepare your child for school. For example, you can prepare them to learn to read and write. It’s lot of fun, and there… Read more »

The 5 steps to reading Posted by: Susan Marden • 5 Oct, 2016 0

Children who do not learn to read in the first few years of schooling are often destined to struggling and failing at school, because reading underpins almost all learning. There are 5 steps to learning to read. When children develop the skills across all these areas, then reading success is more likely. Phonemic Awareness is knowing… Read more »

Does my child have a lisp? Posted by: Susan Marden • 13 Aug, 2016 0

If you are concerned that your child may have a lisp, then there are a few things you should know. There is more than one type of lisp: Interdental lisp: This occurs when a child is saying the ‘s’ and ‘z’ sounds with their tongue coming forward between their teeth. This makes the ‘s’ and… Read more »

The importance of dramatic play Posted by: Susan Marden • 27 Apr, 2016 0

Dramatic play is more than just child’s play. It is a vital component of children’s general development. Dramatic play is an important part of: Communication development Dramatic play generally involves a lot of verbal communication. However, it also involves an abundance of non-verbal communication as well. Children learn to take on both of these types… Read more »

Is my child’s speech clear enough? Posted by: Susan Marden • 25 Apr, 2016 0

Developing Clear Speech Sounds Clear speech is a very important skill for children. It is part of their overall communication development, is critical to their friendships, and it integral to children’s academic success. Some children learn to speak clearly very quickly. Other children take longer to learn to speak clearly, and some children will need… Read more »