11 Mar 2018

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Occupational Therapist Team

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The forgotten senses

The forgotten senses

Children need to move in order to learn about their body. This begins very early in utero, the most important senses at this stage are the tactile system and three forgotten senses.

Everyone knows about vision, hearing, smell taste and touch. These provide us information about what is going on outside our body.
But did you know there are other senses?

These are foundational to our sensory system. They are:  proprioception, the vestibular sense and interoception. These forgotten senses provide information about what is going on inside the body; its position, balance and status of internal organs.

Your child might be super wiggly and find it very difficult to keep still and listen. Being able to sit motionless while watching and listening is achieved only once the vestibular and proprioceptive system have matured.

To help these systems mature a child needs to carry out heaps of ‘heavy work’, running, jumping, spinning, tumbling and build adequate core strength for hours every day. Then they can sit still, listen and hold a pencil to learn to write.

OT can provide strategies to help your child improve their sensory awareness, posture and coordination in daily living and school skills.

For more information about our OT services in the Centre please call Tracey on 9274 7062.

Madeline Minehan
Occupational Therapist

11 Mar 2018

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Speech Pathologist

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Stuttering – What is it?

There are many misconceptions about what stuttering is. Stuttering is a speech disorder consisting of unwanted disruption of the normal rhythm of fluency of speech defined by repetitions of sounds, words or phrases (e.g. “I-I-I want”, “but-but mum!”, prolongations or the drawing out of sounds (e.g. mmmmmum!), as well as blocking resulting in the inability to produce a word – getting ‘stuck’.

Stuttering is NOT caused by parents 
Stuttering is NOT caused by anxiety or stress (Although stress can increase the stutter, it is not the cause)
People who stutter are NOT nervous or shy.
Stuttering is NOT learnt by imitating a family member’s speech.
Stuttering is NOT caused by a low IQ.

Early intervention is very important as children can overcome stuttering but they will need help.

Please call Tracey on 9274 7062 or more information about how our speech pathology services can help children with stuttering.

Georgina Klimaitis
Speech Pathologist

04 Feb 2018

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ABACAS Team

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ABACAS Tuesdays – School Readiness Program 

ABACAS started the School Readiness Program in the second half of 2017. The School Readiness Program is designed to have 45 minutes of 1:1 session running individualized ABA programs and 45 minutes of Social/Group session. The Social/Group session simulates Circle Time and Free play time at a regular Kindy. Our program focuses on small group free play and facilitated play to increase social interaction (initiating play, asking for help, sharing, requesting an item, taking turn, etc.), following instructions (compliance training), and transitioning between play and work (Circle Time).

Our first class of graduates completed their program on 25th January, 2018 (see the photo below). The small group of children who graduated will continue with their 1:1 sessions but will be transitioning to full time kindergarten this year!

We are not only so proud to see our children blossoming into more independent individuals, we are even more exciting to see them forming friendships with their peers in the same group.

We are currently taking children ages 3-4 to participate in the 2018 School Readiness Program! Please contact Program Manager Jenny Lin at 9274 0330 for further information!

04 Feb 2018

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Speech Pathologist

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Phonological Awareness and Literacy

Phonological Awareness (PA) skills are crucial for children when they begin learning to read and spell.

PA skills are also known as pre-literacy skills that children develop in Kindergarten and Pre-Primary in preparation for higher reading and writing demands of Year One.

During this time children learn to differentiate sounds in phrases and words. They learn to clap out the sounds in words (syllables), identify the letters and sounds in the alphabet, learn about rhyming words, identifying sounds within words, and begin to blend sounds together.

These skills are crucial for a child beginning to learn to the read and write.Teachers are usually the first to spot whether children are struggling in this area. So they are a great place to start if you have any concerns.

Speech pathologists are often able to assist both in terms of helping children develop PA skills and broader language skills. Best time to help children develop these skills is in the early years.

Please call Tracey (Reception) on 9274 7062 if you would like to know more about our Speech Pathology services in the Centre.

04 Feb 2018

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Occupational Therapist Team

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Fine motor skills and children

Ever wondered about fine motor skills and when children should be able to do things? The following is a guide to the fine motor skill of cutting and what children should be able to do at different times:

At two and a half years – children should be able to use scissors to snip paper (one snip only)
At age 3 years: Children should be able to cut a 10 cm piece of paper in two (no lines) & be able to cut along a 10 cm straight line and staying within 1.7 cm of the line.
At age 4 years: Children can cut a 15 cm along straight line, curve & 15 cm diameter circle staying within 1/2 cm of the line.
At age 5 years: Children can cut out a medium size square and triangle in 15 cm square piece of paper.
At age 6 years: Children can cut cloth with supervision and start to cut more complex shapes.

Children have difficulty cutting for a range of reasons. Our Occupational Therapists in the Centre (Madeline and Narelle) are available for assessment and therapy if needed.

Please feel free to contact Tracey on reception for further information on 9274 7062.

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