Our Principal Psychologist Deni spent all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday completing the online training to be a certified facilitator of the PEERS for Adolescents Program :D One of the things Deni loved about the program and training, provided directly by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, was the celebration of neurodiversity and Autistic identity and strengths, whilst providing education in social communication and cognition skills for initiating and mainta
Does my kid’s pencil grasp need fixing? How am I supposed to know?
Like any other milestones (rolling over -> crawling -> first steps -> walking -> running), pencil grasp has its own progression.
1. Fist grasp
2. Digital Pronate grasp
3. Tripod grasp: This is the IDEAL pencil grasp!
Quadrapod grasp: Sometimes the child might be using 4 fingers (everything in tripod grasp + the ring finger) to control the pencil. This is also a functional grasp.
Lately we’ve started to explore collaborative art-making during our art therapy sessions with some of the kids that struggle to engage with art-making on their own.
Collaborative art therapy sessions offer individuals and groups opportunities to learn how to work together, resolve conflicts, work through trauma, develop social and communication skills, and a safe place for expression. (Malchiodi, 2012). It’s not unusual for a child to find a blank
How do we stay gracious and empathetic when our child is yelling and kicking off? In the face of anger, it can be helpful to remember that there is usually more to it than meets the eye.
Just like the tip of an iceberg, anger is often only the visible face of more vulnerable feelings. Feeling hurt, disappointed, lonely, or scared can be very confronting to the person experiencing these emotions. Anger – while often destructive and unhelpful – feels like a much more powerful
Tummy time is not just for babies! Development of strength, endurance and so much more happens on the floor!
Some children may become uncomfortable or tired when laying on their bellies during play. These are the children that may appear to be a bit ‘floppy’, have poor core strength, or poor endurance during play.
This is typically because these children spent little time on their tummy as babies and, are often the children who skipped crawling and went straight to wal
It is very important to look holistically at speech and language development which includes foundations such as attention and play skills. This is because they are precursor skills required to develop prior to another skill beginning to develop and strengthen.
This is a great visual I like to utilise with parents to show the hierarchy of communicative development at each of its stages and the importance of it.
- Mouroge #speechpathology #speechtherapy #speech #language
Evidence has suggested that finding the time to show gratitude for what you have in life can improve the mental health of people struggling with mental illness and the general population as a whole. Regardless of whether or not you share your gratitude with the people around you, continued practice of gratitude has been demonstrated to change the way your mind works so that it is easier for you to be more sensitive to feelings of gratitude, and so that your mental health can
Kids will communicate in the ways that they have learnt naturally, but we may also need to strategically assist them in understanding how they are feeling and developing language to express those feelings in the most helpful way <3 If you feel your child would benefit from some assistance with developing emotional vocabulary and regulation, contact kids inspired and chat with one of our Psychologists, firstname.lastname@example.org #psychologist #psychology #children #child #kids #
Does your child seem clumsy, uncoordinated or or move awkwardly? But why? Bilateral coordination is the ability to coordinate both sides of our body in a controlled manner at the same time. It is a foundational ability that is required for many different activities and tasks in our daily life. Having good bilateral coordination means that our brains are communicating and sharing information effectively to allow our hands or feet work together or separately, at the same time.
Art Therapy online - how does it work? Often we get enquiries from our parents asking how can you do art therapy through a computer screen? The structure and delivery of the session is not that different from an in-person art therapy session. It just requires a little bit more pre-planning before the session and a dialogue between the parent and therapist. Art Therapy online is also a terrific alternative for our out of the area families who don’t want to travel too far but a