What To Do In Winter?

Winter can be a hard time to stay active! Outside can be cold and wet, making it a tough time to keep engaged in sports and other gross motor activities. Below are 15 activities that you can do with your child to help develop their coordination, balance and other gross-motor skills, whilst giving an opportunity… Continue Reading»

Top 5 Strategies for Managing Challenging Behaviours

Occupational Therapists at Building Blocks Therapy work with children and their families, kindergarten staff, school staff and other therapists to manage challenging behaviours. A challenging behaviour is any unpleasant behaviour that is socially, culturally or environmentally not appropriate. This can include hitting, screaming, biting, pinching, thrusting, spitting, slapping, kicking, swearing and absconding. The following 5… Continue Reading»

Self-Care Skills

For individuals on the autism spectrum, developing the skills that are required to participate in everyday activities, such as, washing and personal hygiene can be more challenging compared to those without a diagnosis. The reasons for this are varied and will depend on the individual. An Occupational Therapist can assist families to explore these reasons,… Continue Reading»

Goal Setting

Children are referred to Paediatric Occupational Therapists (OTs) when they need assistance to develop confidence and independence in particular roles and skills in their life.    Each child is unique, as is the family and community context that they are part of.  In order to understand your child and family, and where your child may… Continue Reading»

Helping Children With Separation Worries

HELPING CHILDREN WITH SEPARATION WORRIES 10 Practical Strategies As most of you will know children experience a huge range of emotions. As adults we love seeing kids happy and excited and we don’t mind watching them be silly or cheeky either but what we do find extremely difficult is seeing kids distressed, worried, anxious, sad,… Continue Reading»

The Importance Of Teaching Our Children Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”   Why is it important to incorporate Mindfulness into our day? Mindfulness improves attention, memory processing and decision making Mindfulness increases our… Continue Reading»

Fun Outdoor Activities!

Now that it’s starting to warm up outside, what better time than to get the whole family outdoors! Here at Building Blocks Therapy, we are big believers in putting down the iPad, putting on some runners and getting moving! There are so many things that you can do outside – the options are endless! Here… Continue Reading»

10 Fun Ways To Practice Handwriting At Home

Handwriting is a skill that will be carried with a child from the start of schooling right through to adulthood. However, motivating a child to practice their writing, to develop correct letter formation, size and spacing can be challenging. Here are ten easy ways to freshen up handwriting practice so children don’t feel like they… Continue Reading»