THERAPY CORNER

HELP – My child hates reading!
Do you have to beg your child to read a book? When you see other children reading books do you wonder what you’ve done wrong? Do you love reading but can’t get your own child to read? Let’s face it, having a reluctant reader is hard. It’s hard to know ...
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Change your words, change your mindset
I remember being about 15 and listening to a conversation my mother and father were having. My mother told my father, “don’t say stupid, children believe what you tell them, if you tell them they are stupid that’s what they will become.” My father promptly looked at my two younger ...
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PLAY – Essential Occupational Occupation of Childhood
Play provides a window through which development can be understood and appreciated. Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Research continues to point out that young children learn best through meaningful play experiences. As parents and teachers ...
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A calming toolbox for your child
Create a calming toolbox for your child, which can be carried with you in the car etc.  The toolbox contains practical things to help your child reduce their anxiety or anger. It should contain things like: Balloons Bubbles Stress ball Calming bottle (plastic bottle filled with rice and little objects-buttons/charms) ...
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Teaching your child to tie his/her shoe laces
When you start teaching your child to tie a knot and later a bow, tie two different coloured shoe laces together. Let your child sit on a chair and put the join of the 2 laces under his/her legs. Tell the child to put one colour over his/her legs and ...
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Spelling Strategies
Some children can spell naturally and there are others that need help. English spelling is often hard and is very difficult to remediate. If spelling doesn’t come naturally to your child you’ll need to give him/her as much help as possible, this help includes teaching them some spelling strategies. Phonetic ...
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Navigating Adolescence
Adolescence is known as a challenging time for adolescents and the adults who support them. It’s not unusual for adults to feel as if the adolescents in their lives have suddenly “gone crazy” or “lost their minds”. For the adolescent, sometimes it can feel as if they have “gone crazy”. ...
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Weekly Planner ideas for your children
Having a weekly timetable in the kitchen will help your children to understand the sequence of the days of the week and what activities are on each day. It also helps to teach them essential organisational skills. Each night go through what is happening the next day with your child ...
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10 Things to do with the kids these holidays
Outings not only help to pass the time, they get kids away from their screens, walking, moving, reading, extending their general knowledge, learning new vocabulary and spending quality time with their parents or siblings. Visit the Cradle of Humankind at Maropeng – has a world class museum is a fun ...
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Reading should be fun!
So often in the rush to get reading homework done, it’s easy to forget the actual point of reading homework. Always remember quality overrides quantity. If a reader is difficult, it is no use forcing your child to read through the entire book laboriously, this just so often perpetuates the ...
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