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Cutting Edge Dental Tool Inadvertently Helps Kids With Autism

When the mother of Mr 11 took him to the dentist, the answer was always the same – if he didn’t do something to improve his dental hygiene, he risked losing multiple teeth. Mr 11 (who wishes to remain anonymous) has moderate autism which results in a big aversion to oral care. His mother faces

Jul 25, 2016 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments

What is occupational therapy?

An interview with occupational therapist, Siddhi Rawat: WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND HOW DOES IT HELP? Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through ‘occupation’. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in preferred activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome

May 17, 2016 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments

The Cool Cats CLEVER Club


The Cool Cats CLEVER Club is a pre-prep and early years program for 4 – 6 year olds to help with literacy, numeracy, fine motor skills (including handwriting) and other skills necessary for a great start to the school year. The program aims to: Improve confidence Develop age appropriate attention and concentration skills Learn how to sit

Nov 19, 2015 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments

The Cool Cats Christmas Club 2015

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  The Cool Cats Christmas Club is a week-long group therapy program for children aged 4 – 7 years. The program aims to support social and emotional development, language and communication skills, attention and concentration, executive functioning, motor skills and more. The Christmas break is very long for young children, and this program aims to

Nov 19, 2015 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments

Getting the most out of your therapist

Engaging a therapist can be a hugely overwhelming experience for families. You’ve identified a need, or have been referred by a trusted professional, but the process involved in actually engaging a therapist can be quite daunting. There are many important things to consider, such as: 1. What are the therapist’s qualifications and training specific to my child’s needs?

Jul 11, 2015 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments

My child doesn’t like writing or drawing! What do I do?

Image Credit: Acorn Ergonomics By Occupational Therapist, Siddhi Rawat   Is your child thinking ”Writing? So boring mum!” Are you thinking “How should I make him write?” Many children do not enjoy writing or drawing. Many parents wonder why! Here’s a couple of things to remember. Holding a pencil is not always easy To hold a pencil

Jul 10, 2015 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments

Top 5 School Strategies for Sensory Kids

Many kids with sensory processing difficulties, especially those on the autism spectrum, can struggle through the school day. By the time they get home, they can be exhausted, very anxious, and prone to meltdowns. It’s not fun for them or their family! We are very lucky to have Robyn Sims from Magnetic Moves to tell

May 12, 2015 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments

What typically goes on in an occupational therapy session for a child with autism? A case study

By Occupational Therapist, Siddhi Rawat Early Intervention is Crucial With increased awareness and availability of advanced assessment tools, we are able to identify deviance from normal development at a very early age. Early detection of autism means that a child can access early intervention services that aim to improve all aspects of development. With specific

Apr 24, 2015 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments

Autism Spectrum Disorders And The Role Of Speech Therapy

April is Autism Awareness Month, and we are taking this opportunity to share with you information and advice on all matters related to Autism Spectrum Disorders. Vince from Box Hill Speech Pathology Clinic has kindly offered to share with us his thoughts on the role of Speech Therapy in helping children with autism. AUTISM is a developmental

Apr 17, 2015 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments

Two (2) Easy ways to Light It Up Blue with a torch

On the 2nd  of April, Gateway Therapies will ‘Light It Up Blue’ as part of a global campaign to build community awareness about Autism. The number of children being diagnosed with autism each year in Australia is difficult to predict, however it is thought that around 1 out of every 160 kids in Australia has an autism

Mar 31, 2015 / by Nicole Grant / No Comments