Liena – Hope for Boro Village

Leina

Whilst in Botswana, we met a young girl named Leina. Leina is 3 years old who lives in a small village in the Okavango Delta with her parents, grandparents and siblings. She was initially introduced to us as “the disabled child of the village” as she was unable to walk due to what appeared to…

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Sleep Week 2019! How to promote sleep in my child?

Why is Sleep important? Sleep is just as important as food, shelter and safety. It allows the brain to recharge and the body to regenerate. Healthy sleep allows people to function at optimal alertness. Healthy sleep requires: Sufficient amount (time) Uninterrupted (quality) Natural sleep cycle (circadian rhythm) Age-appropriate naps Children need sleep to: Remember what…

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Child Mental Health Week 2019: Using Sensory Processing to look after my Mental Health  

Topic: How can I use my senses and sensory processing to look after my mental health? Why: According to Sutton and Nicholson (2011), sensory-based treatment has been identified as an effective treatment approach for clients who are distressed, anxious, agitated, or potentially aggressive and as an alternative for more coercive actions; they also determined that…

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How we choose the websites we feature….

Topic How we choose the websites we feature Why: It is important for us to be transparent about how we are choosing our websites – it’s also important for our community to know how we do this. How: There are several key things we ask ourselves when we chose a website. They can been seen…

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Our How and Why – The Reasons Behind an Online Library

Topic: The reasons behind an online library – Why Look Hear Australia?  Why did you start LHA? I want it to be a long-term resource that I can use for my therapy, so I don’t have to send stuff to families or create things for families all the time. I want to empower families to…

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Parents: What is the difference between a melt down and a tantrum?

What is the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum? This is a tricky question! Every child has tantrums – it is actually an important part of typical development. Children with disabilities can sometimes have meltdowns; a full “computer shut down and restart”. This can happen for many reasons that can be sensory-, communication- or…

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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 a product directly from Amazon, and if someone buys it, we get a percentage of that purchase. WHY: Helps us keep our costs down Helps us run the website for free…

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App Review: Why we love Theratrak!

TOPIC: Why we love Theratrak! 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…

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GUEST POST: What is Occupational Therapy?

TOPIC: “So…what is Occupational Therapy?” WHAT: Don’t worry if you find yourself asking this question when you first meet an Occupational Therapist (or even several times afterwards!). Believe me – we understand! Our job title can be hard to understand from our name alone. Let us provide some clarity… Occupational Therapy is an allied healthcare…

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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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Bullying Prevention Month 2018 – Repost! Bullying – What is the evidence?

BULLYING – WHAT DOES THE EVIDENCE SAY? Bullying can be defined as a subcategory of interpersonal aggression characterized by intentionality, repetition, and an imbalance of power, often with the element of abuse of power being a primary distinction between bullying and other forms of aggression (Smith & Morita, 1999; Vaillancourt, Hymel, & McDougall, 2003). Bullying…

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Guest Post! How to make a schedule for a child with Autism

Today we have a guest post from Meg Proctor, an occupational therapist and autism specialist; focusing on schedule creation. Check her out www.learnplaythrive.com and sign up for her mailing list, or follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/MegProctorOT for more help with schedules and other daily routines. Schedules: If you’ve ever tried to make a schedule for…

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Guest Post! Adapting Social Thinking – ISAAC Conference 2018

Kim will be presenting at the ISAAC Conference on the Gold Coast later this year. “I was so excited to be offered the chance to speak at the next ISAAC Conference on the Gold Coast. The conference is for people who use and/or work with alternative and augmentative communication (AAC). AAC includes such methods as…

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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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Carers Week 2018 – Parents: Looking After Yourself as a Parent

TOPIC: Looking after yourself as a parent! WHY: We often talk about parents needing to look after themselves, but why is it so important? Firstly when we have healthy and happy Mums and Dads it is much easier to have happy and healthy children. Further, we know from the evidence that parents of children with…

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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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Children with additional needs accessing hospitals – What does the evidence say?

WHAT DOES THE EVIDENCE SAY? Children with additional needs accessing hospital and emergency departments.  Through each developmental stage, children interpret, comprehend, and process the world in a variety of different ways. Children and adolescents having to be treated in hospital, especially children with additional needs, can find the experience of being poked and prodded by…

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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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