Attention and Concentration

What is attention? Paying attention seems like such a simple process – we just do it! But there is much more to it than we think. Every day we use attention skills to assist us in selecting and focusing on tasks. We then use concentration skills to sustain our attention to that specific task. Using these skills allows us to … Read More

Zones of Regulation

What is the Zones of Regulation? Zones of regulations is a social thinking and social skills curriculum that helps children to achieve an optimal state of alertness for the activity that they are partaking in. The Zones concept helps children to categorise their emotions into four coloured categories (blue, green, yellow and red), this helps to open a channel of … Read More

Social Skills!

Navigating social situations throughout life is complicated for people of all ages and abilities. However, social skills are crucial to success in the classroom, home, workplace and community. Occupational Therapists at Building Blocks passionately work with children to develop their social skills to support appropriate interactions in a variety of settings and situations. Occupational Therapists most effectively support children to … Read More

Gross Motor Skills

Parents and teachers often say “practice makes perfect”. With fine motor skills and handwriting, it is not always the case when there is an underlying gross motor difficulty or delay. Many children work tirelessly to practice these tedious and precise fine motor skills. However they don’t have the base strength to maintain body posture or muscle endurance to complete these … Read More

Time For Sleep!

Throughout any stage of life, sleep is a fundamental biological process that enables our brains to rest, restore and repair for the next day ahead to ensure that we can wake up healthy, energised and ready to engage in what is in store for the next day. Throughout the night, as we go into our deep slumber, our energy is … Read More

Ready….Set….Prep!

8 Tips For Helping Your Child Prepare For And Get Settled Into Prep. Starting Prep can be a big, scary and emotional ride, for not only your child, but for you as a parent too! Here are some quick tips on how you can support your child in preparing for Prep and settling in to their new and exciting worlds. … Read More

Fine Motor Play at Home

From the moment they are born, their tiny fingers seem so miraculous and intricate. The grasp reflex present at birth that enables those very small hands to hold your finger so tightly, is one that melts hearts and starts the dreaming for parents of what these tiny hands might one day grow into and the things they will be able … Read More

Introducing Little Wuppy

In our very busy world today we all need someone that we can talk to about our worries – that could be a partner, family member, friend or even a pet! Just like adults, children also need to do this and it may not be as easy for them to express their worries to a person. So what can we … Read More

Toilet Training

Learning how to toilet train is a challenging task for many of our children and requires patience and persistence from adults involved in the child’s life. Here are top 5 tips that can help: 1. Awareness of accidents and feeling of a full bladder/bowel. This is an important first step in knowing if your child is ready for toilet training. … Read More

Pre-Writing Skills

WHAT ARE PRE-WRITING SKILLS AND HOW CAN YOU HELP TO DEVELOP THEM AT HOME? You may have heard your Occupational Therapist refer to pre-writing skills before but what exactly are pre-writing skills and how can you help to develop this important set of skills at home? Pre-writing skills are the fundamental skills that children need to develop before they are … Read More