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The body is a complex system. In the womb and during early life the body’s brainstem has several reflexes called ‘primitive’ or ‘neonatal’ reflexes. In fact there are 70 known primary reflexes. These reflexes occur during the life stages when the decision making proces...

December 14, 2017

Starting school can be an extremely daunting and stressful time for both children and their parents.  The buildings are bigger, there are more children and they are the youngest in the playground. There are more rules to follow and the classroom setting is a lot more f...

November 21, 2017

The body’s mid-line is an imaginary line down the centre of the body that divides the body into left and right. 

Crossing the body’s mid-line is the ability to reach across the middle of the body with the arms and legs. It refers to behaviour that results in reaching, s...

November 14, 2017

If you are a parent or guardian, the chances that you have experienced a tantrum is likely. We usually expect them in toddlers. However if your chid reaches school age and meltdowns and outbursts are still frequently occurring, it may be a sign that your child has diff...

November 7, 2017

The term 'fine motor' means 'small muscles'.  Small muscles in the fingers, hand and arm are used when a child manipulates, controls and uses tools and materials.  Hand-eye coordination is also an essential component of fine motor skills, as the child uses their vision...

October 30, 2017

Executive function is much like having an air traffic control system at a very busy airport managing the arrivals and departures of planes on multiple runways. Executive function includes the ability to:

  • Focus 

  • Hold and work with information in mind

  • Monito...

October 24, 2017

One of the most common referrals to Occupational Therapy is for handwriting. It is important to recognise that like anything, if you want to improve at it, you need to practice, practice, practice.  This is absolutely the case with handwriting.  If you want to improve,...

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