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Source: environment.sa.gov.au Playgrounds in Adelaide   Play is essential in the neurological development of children, regardless of their age or ability. Playgrounds offer an abundance of wonderful experiences for children to learn and grow through play. Climbing up and around different pieces of equipment develops gross motor skills...

Self-regulation is our ability to monitor, adjust and maintain our emotions, attention, thoughts and behaviour in response to the things happening around us(1). Essentially, it is our ability to stop, think and then act(2). In the classroom, this important skill is pivotal for students to...

What is Toe Walking? Toe Walking occurs when children walk on the toes or balls of their feet. There are several underlying reasons why children Toe walk: Physical: If children have a short Achilles tendon (the tendon which links the lower leg muscles to the heel bone), this...

This post was written by Valeria, an Occupational Therapist who has spent the last three months with us from Argentina. It's been great to have her insights and she'll be missed here at the OTFC group!  Defining meltdowns and challenging behaviours Have you ever been out shopping...

Research in Sensory Integration Therapy has increased considerably over the last 15 years. In fact, it is researched not only by Occupational Therapists but by other health professionals and academics. As referenced in “Best Practice”, Sensory Integration Therapy has clearly provided great discussion amongst peers,...

Is your child ready to start toilet training? Firstly, it is important to consider whether your child is physiologically, psychologically and emotionally ready to start toilet training. Our blog post “Toilet Training- Are You Both Ready?” may help you answer this question. If you feel that...

  Parents and caregivers are often full of questions about how some of the tasks and activities from the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT; Ayres, 1989) relate to the primary area of concern of their child. In our previous posts, we described how some of...

Blog: The SIPT in practice – Handwriting Parents and caregivers are often full of questions about how some of the tasks and activities from the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT; Ayres, 1989) relate to the primary area of concern of their child. In our previous...

This the first of a three-part series of blog posts written by Master's Student Conor Duggan while on placement at OTFC and OTFC+. It was a great learning experience for her, but it also provides tremendous insight into one of the most commonly used assessment tools at...