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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 In the same way, some kids can be highly attentive and alert, while others are very withdrawn.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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  • Why should we be encouraging our children in their imaginative play?

    Have  you ever noticed how young children begin to play imaginatively? Early on, they will pretend to feed a teddy, or make a plane fly through the air. Has your child set up a shop or restaurant and demanded that you come and visit as the customer? These are exciting developmental stages that give us […]

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  • 10 Tips For A Healthy Lunch Box

    Written by Suzie Garmeister of Branch and Vine Nutrition – Fd. Dip Nutrition & Holistic Health Feeling overwhelmed about how to feed your kids a healthy school lunch? With 3 boys, 3.5 years apart, I have spent much ‘loving’ time in the kitchen ensuring they are not hindered in their development by what they eat. […]

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  • 5 Ways That Outdoor Play Helps Children Develop Language

    Several years ago, a lovely friend of mine took a challenge. She decided that every day, she and her children would spend at least 3 hours outside. For a year. Over the course of that year, she saw firsthand the physical, emotional and cognitive benefits of outdoor play in her children. Now, years later, that […]

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