Category Archives: Childworks

Welcome back to 2018

Welcome back everyone and happy 2018! I hope everyone had a wonderful break over the Christmas and New year period. At Childworks we are getting back into the swing of things. Children have been back at school for a few weeks and there have been a number of new children referred to Childworks by their new classroom teachers who want to help their students to address any issues as soon as possible. We have seen a number of children with handwriting issues and also with problems related to attention/concentration. The children are enjoying therapy which is wonderful because Occupational Therapy works best when children are actually having fun!
We have a number of children, who attended Childworks for help with school readiness, start school this year and all reports indicate they are doing very well. It is certainly very rewarding seeing children who were struggling only months ago, sail into their new roles as kindergarten students at big school. Best of luck to you guys!
Sadly, we have lost our student Occupational Therapist, Alana, who was such a wonderful help toward the end of last year. She has returned to her studies at Australian Catholic University as her placement has been completed. We will certainly miss her and wish her all the best in the future.
I am currently seeing children both at the Dural rooms and at schools, preschools and homes as appropriate. We do have some availability at the moment, although after school times are very tight. If you would like to discuss your child’s needs with us you can call 9098 1635. Although we may not be able to answer immediately, we will get back to you to discuss your child’s needs, so just leave a message on the voice mail. It would be helpful if you could also indicate what times you are available for a call back.
That’s it for now. I hope everyone is energetic and excited about the year ahead and I am happy to talk to you soon. Happy new year and happy Chinese New Year for tomorrow, Friday 16 February.

Robyne Cottee
Principal – Occupational Therapist

Fine Motor Activities

Here are some great ideas for fine motor activities!

I just found this video of Lauren Flores, Occupational Therapist in the US outlining some ideas for fine motor activities and has to share it with you! You might find these activities useful and fun to do with your child.

Have a look at Tinder the occupational therapy dog!

Fine Motor Activities for Handwriting

Participating in fine motor activities can help your child to improve their handwriting ability. Hand and finger weakness, poor sensation and sometimes bad habits can prevent children from mastering handwriting and other fine motor skills. These fine motor activities can help to improve the child’s skills. An occupational therapist can establish exactly which movements need improvement and what fine motor activities will help to develop that movement.

A child may also need help with gross motor skills. Good posture and a stable base are also important for handwriting. An occupational therapist can also diagnose and prescribe appropriate activities for children who need help with gross motor skills.

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Welcome to Childworks website!

Welcome to Childworks. I am pleased to be typing in our new blog in our new website. With so many people looking things up on line before they contact anyone in the community, we thought it was time to have a site that allows us to communicate directly with partents, teachers and other treatment providers.  The site also acts as a way for people to contact us. I have kept the website simple on the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid). There is a referral form attached, you can use that to make a referral or just to ask a question.