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  • What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?

    We’ve written this blog post based on a video-series of interviews that our Director Alison conducted with Rhiannon from Ability Focus Occupational Therapy earlier in the year. “The OT discipline is very broad. We work across the whole lifespan; from birth, until as old as you may get in life. The word ‘occupation’ often confuses […]

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  • 6 Tips For Taking Care of Your Vocal Hygiene

    Vocal hygiene behaviours are things we can do to ensure we take care of our voice and vocal folds. Here are some tips for good vocal hygiene: Drink enough water Making sure you stay fully hydrated is important to keep your vocal cords functioning properly. Carry a drink bottle with you, and try to have […]

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  • How Can We Make Reading Time More Engaging?

    There’s a difference between simply reading words off a page to your child, and engaging them in the story. What is interactive reading? Reading interactively is something that might come naturally to some parents. For others, it may take a little bit of practise. It’s all about going beyond the words of the page to […]

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  • Why Your Child Might Find it Hard to Self-Regulate

    What does ‘self regulation’ mean? Every child is unique. Some children can get overwhelmed easily, and others remain calm. In the same way, some kids can be highly attentive and alert, while others are very withdrawn. Self-regulation is an important strategy that your child can use to be calm and alert, so that they can […]

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  • What On Earth Is Decontextualised Language, and Why Is It So Important?

    Early on, a child’s language is mainly based around their current environment. Conversations are usually focused on topics such as daily routines, toys, food, and familiar people. As our children grow older, however, it is important that they learn to speak about things beyond the ‘here and now’. Their language needs to allow them to […]

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  • 3 Ways to Develop Reading Skills In Kids With Autism

    The building blocks for reading and writing are also called ‘emergent literacy skills’. These skills are important for every child to learn, but even more so for those who experience social communication challenges or have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Why is this? Well, often the areas of difficulty that these children experience […]

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  • Language is Always Changing

    We often think of our language as being very fixed. We were all taught grammar rules in school, right? Rules can’t change! But, over a long period of time, from generation to generation, languages do change. Your children will speak differently than your parents or your grandparents. A few years ago, if something was ‘lit’ […]

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  • English Spelling is Weird.

    Here is a statement I think we can all agree on: English spelling is weird! Wait, shouldn’t that be ‘wierd’? Isn’t it ‘i’ before the ‘e’? As it turns out, there are a lot of exceptions to that rule! Language and literacy go hand in hand. If you’re having difficulty with oral language development, there […]

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  • What is a Chronic Cough?

    A cough is a sudden burst of air coming from your lungs up your nose or mouth. It causes your vocal folds to slam together, like when you clap your hands. If you are clearing your throat or coughing constantly, it can be very damaging to your vocal cords. Irritation of the throat or any […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Stuttering

    What exactly IS a stutter? It is the disruption in the fluency of verbal expression; the opposite of what would sound like smooth speech. These disruptions are characterized by uncontrollable repetitions or prolongations of parts of speech. The disruptions could be sounds, syllables, or words of one syllable, and can be silent, or you may […]

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