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For some of us, school can be daunting, difficult and overwhelming. However, there are ways occupational therapy can assist children who find it a little more challenging to actually love attending school. Through our proven tips and tricks within the classroom your child will start...

Our gross motor skills refer to how well we use our large muscles that coordinate the movement throughout our body. This includes big everyday moves like jumping, throwing, catching, walking, running, and maintaining our general balance. These skills also help us relate to our body awareness;...

It’s using those smaller muscle groups that really help us perform our day to day tasks with ease. We call these Fine Motor Skills. Smaller day to day tasks requires us to use our independent skills together to perform each task with ease and efficiency. Common...

We’ve been talking a lot about Praxis and functional tips this month and we wanted to easily explain this to you. Praxis is using something you’ve learned (how to do in theory) and applying it in a practical way, like brushing your teeth or getting...

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...

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...