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Benefits of Early Childhood Intervention – for your child, for you, and for your family

This week we are writing a number of posts to raise awareness of Early Childhood Intervention for children with developmental delays and disabilities.  This post discusses the benefits of Early Childhood Intervention. So, what’s all the fuss about Early Childhood Intervention?  Why is it important?  And what are the benefits? Early Childhood Intervention has benefits [...]

By | 2018-08-24T12:24:14+00:00 August 24th, 2018|Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Disability, Down Syndrome, NDIS, Therapy|0 Comments

Receiving an early diagnosis: the fear, the grief – and the opportunity of Early Childhood Intervention

It's Early Childhood Intervention Awareness week, and we are doing a series of posts to share information about Early Childhood Intervention.  This is our second post in the series.  In this post, we are talking about the two sides of your child receiving an early diagnosis. The grief of your child receiving a diagnosis... Many [...]

By | 2018-08-21T21:19:29+00:00 August 21st, 2018|Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Disability, Down Syndrome, Therapy|0 Comments

Early Childhood Intervention Awareness Week! 20-26th August 2018

At Move and Play, we absolutely believe in the importance and benefits of early intervention to help children with developmental delays and disabilities to reach their potential. Early Childhood Intervention Awareness Week aims to promote the importance of early childhood intervention and support services.  To help raise the awareness of Early Childhood Intervention this week, [...]

By | 2018-08-20T21:39:33+00:00 August 20th, 2018|Autism, Disability, Down Syndrome, Therapy|0 Comments

Support workers, therapy assistants, and your child’s therapy program

Using allied health assistants, therapy assistants, or support workers to help supplement a child’s allied health therapy is a great opportunity coming out of the introduction of the NDIS.  In this blog post, I hope to share some information to help parents to decide whether, why and how to engage a therapy assistant in [...]

By | 2017-11-30T21:57:10+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Disability, NDIS|0 Comments

Challenging Behaviours during Therapy Sessions

What does it look like, why your child does it, & what can we do to manage it? Challenging or difficult behaviour is a normal part of child development.  Challenging or difficult behaviours can also frequently be observed in therapy sessions – however, sometimes, these behaviours can hijack the therapy session and therefore impede [...]

By | 2017-05-18T13:39:03+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Disability, Therapy|0 Comments

The Role of Physiotherapy for Children with Autism

In addition to the behavioural, sensory and social-emotional difficulties, many children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will also experience difficulties with their motor skills and capabilities. Children with ASD may achieve early gross motor milestones such as sitting, crawling and independent walking within the expected timeframes, but the quality of their movements may be [...]

By | 2017-04-06T14:16:14+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Autism, Disability, Motor skills|1 Comment

Down Syndrome: Early motor skill development & physiotherapy

The development of early gross motor skills, such as sitting, crawling and walking, allows an infant or child with Down Syndrome (DS) to explore their environment and interact with people around them, which is pivotal to their overall development.  However, due to the interplay between certain physical characteristics (such as low muscle tone and increased [...]

By | 2017-03-26T10:45:35+00:00 March 26th, 2017|Disability, Down Syndrome, Motor skills|0 Comments

F-words in childhood disability

To begin with, I want to reassure you all that this post does not contain any profanities ;) ... I have recently read an interesting article (https://canchild.ca/en/research-in-practice/f-words-in-childhood-disability) that has made me think about how I, as a health professional, can best help children with disabilities and their families.  I am passionate about making sure that [...]

By | 2017-03-31T11:40:34+00:00 May 25th, 2016|Disability|1 Comment

Preparing for the NDIS

What do you envisage as a good life for your child? Late in 2015 and early in 2016, I attended three webinars about preparing for the introduction of the NDIS, and then in the middle of last month it was announced that the NDIS will be rolling out in Mackay from November 2016!!!  I am [...]

By | 2016-05-25T13:59:47+00:00 April 7th, 2016|Disability, Funding, NDIS|0 Comments