Posts by Tara Whiteford

Why we are an Amazon Affiliate….

TOPIC: Everyone loves Amazon! And we do too!   Why is LHA an Amazon Affiliate? We are Amazon Affiliate Marketers, meaning we can link to product directly from Amazon, and if someone buys it we get a percentage  of that purchase. WHY: Helps us keep out costs down Helps us run the website for free…

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App Review: Why we love Theratrak!

TOPIC: We have been lucky enough to know Laura Simmons from Theratrak since the beta stages of the app. She has worked incredibly hard to develop an app focused on easy, user friendly home programs for parents and professionals; and I must say, she has done a Stella job. Laura is going to change the…

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OT Week 2018 – What is Look Hear Australia?

What Is Look Hear Australia Look Hear Australia (LHA) is a library of online resources for allied health and education professionals. It was developed by a group of allied health and education professionals in rural and remote Australia. Thousands of clinicians are creating millions of resources every year for children with complex and additional needs.…

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RCOT Conference 2018 – How to build fine motor skills?

In Honor of RCOT 2018 and the focus on children and young people – we thought it would be the perfect time to touch base about fine motor skills! How to Build Fine Motor Skills in Children Fine motor skills are the small movements, made predominately by our hands, that help us to manipulate objects…

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Why do therapists want me to use visuals at home?

TOPIC: Why do therapists what me to use visual and visuals*  at home?? *We mean visuals as pictures, photos or symbols of something or someone. WHY: Visuals are a great way to explain to someone what is happening or going to happen. They also don’t require verbal language to understand them (think road signs or…

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Visuals – why we love them (and the evidence)

VISUALS  This month the review of the evidence is all about our favourite resource in the world – VISUALS!! RESEARCH  There is a large body of evidence linking cognitive and physical disabilities with externalising problematic behaviours (Visser et al., 2015; Artemyeva, 2016; Giltaij, Sterkenburg & Schuengel, 2015; Poppes et al., 2016). In particular, the literature…

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Relaxation – What is the evidence?

RELAXATION This month the review of the evidence is all about something to follow on from the bullying update – Relaxation. RESEARCH All children worry. Researchers have suggested that this worry is in part due to the fact that childhood is full of “firsts”, doing a lot of things for the first time (Hallowell, 2011).…

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Why are therapists family focused?

TOPIC: Why are therapists family focused? Why do we have to be involved? WHAT: Therapists talk about being “family centered” or “family focused” all the time. What does it mean? Why are therapists family focused?   WHY: We know that children learn the best off their parents. That is because they love their parents and…

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Why does therapy cost so much?

TOPIC: Why does therapy cost so much? WHAT: Therapy is expensive! Depending on your child’s needs and who you see for how long, it can add up. Therapy is denfined as “treatment to relieve or heal a disorder”. When we talk about therapy at LHA we are normally referring to Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology,…

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When to ask for help?

TOPIC: When to ask for help? WHAT: It can be hard to know what is ‘typical’ for children and what is ‘expected’ and ‘unexpected’. How are parents meant to know when something isn’t ‘normal’? Of course there is no hard and fast rule though there are some tips that might help. HOW: Have regular contact…

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