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  • Solving the Dilemma of Diminishing Play in Older Children

    Play literally shapes our brains. From babyhood through to adulthood, play has an ongoing role in shaping our emotions and engagement with the world. When play also involves movement it activates many areas of the brain but particularly the neurons of the prefrontal cortex. During childhood this activation helps wire up the brain’s executive control […]

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  • Sticky, Salty, and Sandy Summer: Six tips for your Sensory Sensitive Child to Enjoy the Beach

    Summer is a wonderful time of year– pack away the ipads and pull out the shovels and swimmers! But many children with sensory processing differences cringe at the thought of putting on sunscreen or swimming at the beach. Many children with sensory processing differences are hypersensitive to touch, often referred to as tactile sensitivity or […]

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  • The Visual System

    Visual perceptual skills are so important. The visual system supports us and allows us to participate in, learn about and enjoy life. If your child seems to be having difficulty with vision or visual processing there is support available to help understand and develop their visual skills. Seeing an optometrist to establish if there are any problems with visual acuity or ‘seeing’ can be a great...

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  • From Picky Eater to Food Adventurer! 5 Effective Ways to Expand Your Child’s Diet

    Parents of children with picky eating habits have a daily struggle during mealtimes, especially at dinner! Food battles abound, from what foods will be eaten to where they’ll be eaten, while parents wonder how much food they should encourage. Children develop clever negotiation tactics: “Can I have some chips instead?” “Yogurt pouch please?” “Spaghetti Bolognese… […]

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  • What is Occupational Therapy?

    Grow On Children’s Occupational Therapy Director, Lara Moes, shares about what an Occupational Therapist does, what the occupations of a child are and how Occupational Therapists can help when a child is having difficulty.  

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  • The Auditory System

    What is the auditory system, and how might difficulties with auditory processing contribute to my child’s areas of difficulty? The Auditory System explained The auditory system is the sound or hearing system. It is composed of three parts – the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. The ear hears many different sounds, […]

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  • The Taste and Smell Systems

    Exactly what are the taste and smell sensory systems? And how might difficulties processing taste or smell impact upon my child’s areas of difficulty? The taste & smell systems explained The taste and smell sensory systems work together to detect chemicals in the air and in food. This detection turns into the perception of a […]

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