Every child deserves the gift of reading and writing.

Young children learn through play. By the time they reach school they will have been exposed to countless crucial concepts that provide the foundation for later learning and literacy. For example, they are likely to have developed spatial skills by completing jigsaw puzzles, building with blocks and making craft. Similarly, they may recognise some numbers, spot their names in print and be able to recall details of pictures, indicating the development of visual memory skills. These are key visual processing skills that will impact significantly on the development of their literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills.

As a child progresses to school, some may have difficulties consistently identifying their letters and numbers; have poor sight word recall; reduced reading fluency; present with frequent letter and number reversals; have inconsistent sizing and spacing of letter formation and rely heavily on phonetic spelling.   These difficulties can be a source of significant frustration to an otherwise capable child and are common indicators of visual processing difficulties. An Occupational Therapist can assess and provide cognitive strategies to assist develop these skills. Often by modifying the learning approach to cater for your child’s learning strengths, enables them are to better retain information.

Time management and organisational skills are also crucial to a child’s ability to function and can be addressed by an Occupational Therapist.

Visual processing

Visual processing refers to the way we interpret what we see. There are 7 areas of Visual Perception, namely Visual Spatial Relations, Visual Closure, Visual Memory, Visual Sequential Memory, Visual Figure Ground, Form Constancy and Visual Discrimination.   Difficulties in these areas may commonly manifest as:

  • Frequent letter reversals
  • Inconsistent letter sizing and spacing
  • Confusion between upper and lower case letters
  • Difficulties copying from the whiteboard
  • Difficulties grasping mathematics concepts
  • Poor sight word recall and reading fluency
  • Poor spelling of non-phonetically spelled words

Occupational Therapy intervention to address these skills can significantly improve your child’s functional performance whilst also contributing to an increase in confidence.

 

Useful Information Links

https://spdaustralia.com.au/the-visual-system/

https://dsf.net.au/

https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/visual-processing-issues/understanding-visual-processing-issues

Literacy

Reading remains the primary source of information gathering in the school system. Consequently, if your child is experiencing literacy difficulties, they are unlikely to be able to access the curriculum as effectively as their peers. This can have a significant negative influence on their self-esteem and contribute to anxiety and frustration. An Occupational Therapist can assist you to identify and address the underlying difficulties your child may be having.

Children require a diverse range of skills to function effectively in the classroom. These include organisational and time management skills. For example, many children become overwhelmed when confronted with large, complex assignments. An Occupational Therapist can assist by modelling goal setting and breaking the task into small, manageable steps. Organisation of packing their school bag, use of a diary and filing of notes is also critical to a student’s ability to cope independently in the classroom and can be addressed in therapy.

Assessment and use of technology to support learning and to aide specific disabilities / learning difficulties is also an area that your Child’s Occupational Therapist may assist with.

 

Useful Information Links

https://dyslexiaassociation.org.au/

https://dsf.net.au/

https://www.canchild.ca/en/diagnoses/developmental-coordination-disorder

https://www.speld-sa.org.au/

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Independent Living Centre are vising the South East next week.

Thursday 13th February:
Mobile Unit (Caravan full of equipment) will be open outside the Tatiara Civic Centre in Bordertown from 10am – 2pm

Friday 14th February:
Small Aids Talk at the Millicent Uniting Church, 4 Mount Gambier Road, Millicent from 12.15 – 1.15pm

Small Aids Talk at Mount Gambier Resthaven Community Services Office, 15B James Street, Mount Gambier from 3.30 – 4.30pm
Bookings required for attendance; please phone Resthaven on 8733 3311

Saturday 15th February:
Mobile Unit will be open at the Wellness and Wellbeing Festival in Mount Gambier from 9am – 3pm
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6th February, 2020

Anita has started at 1 stop. Please contact us on 8725 5383 to arrange an appointment.

Anita has started at 1 stop. Please contact us on 8725 5383 to arrange an appointment.1 Stop is excited to welcome Anita Franklin to the team.

Anita has a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Master of Social Work and is an AASW accredited social worker. She worked for 15 years in Beijing, China,where she founded a small centre working with a multi-disciplinary team providing support for children with special needs, learning, social, emotional and behavioural challenges, their families and their support networks.

Anita has recently moved to Mount Gambier to have a better work-life balance and continue her practice. Anita is passionate about facilitatingopportunities for early intervention and healing for children experiencing emotional, psychosocial, behavioural and/or developmental difficulties using therapeutic play and creative arts. Her practice is child led, child and culturally sensitive and trauma informed. She works alongside children to explore ways to express themselves.

She specialises in working with children from three to 18, using play, daily activities, and creative arts therapeutically to
• promotesocial skills
• negotiate life transitions
• find strategies tomanage anxiety-related behaviours
• facilitaterelationship building skills
• promote emotional regulation
• work through challenging emotionsand fear of failure
• strengthen independence and resilience
• increase healthy self-esteem and self-awareness
• build effective communication skills
• develop life skills

Anita is also able to provide therapeutic support to parents and families adjusting to a disability diagnosis or feeling overwhelmed by their child’s struggles. She will be working at 1 Stop on Fridays, and is taking bookings now for sessions starting in January 2020.
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30th January, 2020

1 Stop is excited to welcome Anita Franklin to the team.

Anita has a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Master of Social Work and is an AASW accredited social worker. She worked for 15 years in Beijing, China,where she founded a small centre working with a multi-disciplinary team providing support for children with special needs, learning, social, emotional and behavioural challenges, their families and their support networks. 

Anita has recently moved to Mount Gambier to have a better work-life balance and continue her practice. Anita is passionate about facilitatingopportunities for early intervention and healing for children experiencing emotional, psychosocial, behavioural and/or developmental difficulties using therapeutic play and creative arts. Her practice is child led, child and culturally sensitive and trauma informed. She works alongside children to explore ways to express themselves.

She specialises in working with children from three to 18, using play, daily activities, and creative arts therapeutically to
• promotesocial skills
• negotiate life transitions
• find strategies tomanage anxiety-related behaviours
• facilitaterelationship building skills
• promote emotional regulation
• work through challenging emotionsand fear of failure
• strengthen independence and resilience
• increase healthy self-esteem and self-awareness
• build effective communication skills
• develop life skills

Anita is also able to provide therapeutic support to parents and families adjusting to a disability diagnosis or feeling overwhelmed by their child’s struggles. She will be working at 1 Stop on Fridays, and is taking bookings now for sessions starting in January 2020.

1 Stop is excited to welcome Anita Franklin to the team.

Anita has a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Master of Social Work and is an AASW accredited social worker. She worked for 15 years in Beijing, China,where she founded a small centre working with a multi-disciplinary team providing support for children with special needs, learning, social, emotional and behavioural challenges, their families and their support networks.

Anita has recently moved to Mount Gambier to have a better work-life balance and continue her practice. Anita is passionate about facilitatingopportunities for early intervention and healing for children experiencing emotional, psychosocial, behavioural and/or developmental difficulties using therapeutic play and creative arts. Her practice is child led, child and culturally sensitive and trauma informed. She works alongside children to explore ways to express themselves.

She specialises in working with children from three to 18, using play, daily activities, and creative arts therapeutically to
• promotesocial skills
• negotiate life transitions
• find strategies tomanage anxiety-related behaviours
• facilitaterelationship building skills
• promote emotional regulation
• work through challenging emotionsand fear of failure
• strengthen independence and resilience
• increase healthy self-esteem and self-awareness
• build effective communication skills
• develop life skills

Anita is also able to provide therapeutic support to parents and families adjusting to a disability diagnosis or feeling overwhelmed by their child’s struggles. She will be working at 1 Stop on Fridays, and is taking bookings now for sessions starting in January 2020.
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24th December, 2019

Independent Living Centre are vising the South East next week.

Thursday 13th February:
Mobile Unit (Caravan full of equipment) will be open outside the Tatiara Civic Centre in Bordertown from 10am – 2pm

Friday 14th February:
Small Aids Talk at the Millicent Uniting Church, 4 Mount Gambier Road, Millicent from 12.15 – 1.15pm

Small Aids Talk at Mount Gambier Resthaven Community Services Office, 15B James Street, Mount Gambier from 3.30 – 4.30pm
Bookings required for attendance; please phone Resthaven on 8733 3311

Saturday 15th February:
Mobile Unit will be open at the Wellness and Wellbeing Festival in Mount Gambier from 9am – 3pm
... See MoreSee Less

6th February, 2020

Anita has started at 1 stop. Please contact us on 8725 5383 to arrange an appointment.

Anita has started at 1 stop. Please contact us on 8725 5383 to arrange an appointment.1 Stop is excited to welcome Anita Franklin to the team.

Anita has a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Master of Social Work and is an AASW accredited social worker. She worked for 15 years in Beijing, China,where she founded a small centre working with a multi-disciplinary team providing support for children with special needs, learning, social, emotional and behavioural challenges, their families and their support networks.

Anita has recently moved to Mount Gambier to have a better work-life balance and continue her practice. Anita is passionate about facilitatingopportunities for early intervention and healing for children experiencing emotional, psychosocial, behavioural and/or developmental difficulties using therapeutic play and creative arts. Her practice is child led, child and culturally sensitive and trauma informed. She works alongside children to explore ways to express themselves.

She specialises in working with children from three to 18, using play, daily activities, and creative arts therapeutically to
• promotesocial skills
• negotiate life transitions
• find strategies tomanage anxiety-related behaviours
• facilitaterelationship building skills
• promote emotional regulation
• work through challenging emotionsand fear of failure
• strengthen independence and resilience
• increase healthy self-esteem and self-awareness
• build effective communication skills
• develop life skills

Anita is also able to provide therapeutic support to parents and families adjusting to a disability diagnosis or feeling overwhelmed by their child’s struggles. She will be working at 1 Stop on Fridays, and is taking bookings now for sessions starting in January 2020.
... See MoreSee Less

30th January, 2020

1 Stop is excited to welcome Anita Franklin to the team.

Anita has a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Master of Social Work and is an AASW accredited social worker. She worked for 15 years in Beijing, China,where she founded a small centre working with a multi-disciplinary team providing support for children with special needs, learning, social, emotional and behavioural challenges, their families and their support networks. 

Anita has recently moved to Mount Gambier to have a better work-life balance and continue her practice. Anita is passionate about facilitatingopportunities for early intervention and healing for children experiencing emotional, psychosocial, behavioural and/or developmental difficulties using therapeutic play and creative arts. Her practice is child led, child and culturally sensitive and trauma informed. She works alongside children to explore ways to express themselves.

She specialises in working with children from three to 18, using play, daily activities, and creative arts therapeutically to
• promotesocial skills
• negotiate life transitions
• find strategies tomanage anxiety-related behaviours
• facilitaterelationship building skills
• promote emotional regulation
• work through challenging emotionsand fear of failure
• strengthen independence and resilience
• increase healthy self-esteem and self-awareness
• build effective communication skills
• develop life skills

Anita is also able to provide therapeutic support to parents and families adjusting to a disability diagnosis or feeling overwhelmed by their child’s struggles. She will be working at 1 Stop on Fridays, and is taking bookings now for sessions starting in January 2020.

1 Stop is excited to welcome Anita Franklin to the team.

Anita has a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Master of Social Work and is an AASW accredited social worker. She worked for 15 years in Beijing, China,where she founded a small centre working with a multi-disciplinary team providing support for children with special needs, learning, social, emotional and behavioural challenges, their families and their support networks.

Anita has recently moved to Mount Gambier to have a better work-life balance and continue her practice. Anita is passionate about facilitatingopportunities for early intervention and healing for children experiencing emotional, psychosocial, behavioural and/or developmental difficulties using therapeutic play and creative arts. Her practice is child led, child and culturally sensitive and trauma informed. She works alongside children to explore ways to express themselves.

She specialises in working with children from three to 18, using play, daily activities, and creative arts therapeutically to
• promotesocial skills
• negotiate life transitions
• find strategies tomanage anxiety-related behaviours
• facilitaterelationship building skills
• promote emotional regulation
• work through challenging emotionsand fear of failure
• strengthen independence and resilience
• increase healthy self-esteem and self-awareness
• build effective communication skills
• develop life skills

Anita is also able to provide therapeutic support to parents and families adjusting to a disability diagnosis or feeling overwhelmed by their child’s struggles. She will be working at 1 Stop on Fridays, and is taking bookings now for sessions starting in January 2020.
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Happy World Braille Day! ⚫️
Watch this video 📺 to learn how a French teen, Louis Braille, developed a tactile reading system to make literacy for the blind a reality.

Comment below⬇️ where you see braille in your everyday life. #WorldBrailleDay

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyfxQ6sdaIE
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4th January, 2020

Phone lines back up. Office will be open on 2nd Jan 2020. Emergency contact number on office door if needed. Merry and safe Xmas everyone. See you all in the new year. 1 Stop staff ... See MoreSee Less

24th December, 2019

Independent Living Centre are vising the South East next week.

Thursday 13th February:
Mobile Unit (Caravan full of equipment) will be open outside the Tatiara Civic Centre in Bordertown from 10am – 2pm

Friday 14th February:
Small Aids Talk at the Millicent Uniting Church, 4 Mount Gambier Road, Millicent from 12.15 – 1.15pm

Small Aids Talk at Mount Gambier Resthaven Community Services Office, 15B James Street, Mount Gambier from 3.30 – 4.30pm
Bookings required for attendance; please phone Resthaven on 8733 3311

Saturday 15th February:
Mobile Unit will be open at the Wellness and Wellbeing Festival in Mount Gambier from 9am – 3pm
... See MoreSee Less

6th February, 2020

Anita has started at 1 stop. Please contact us on 8725 5383 to arrange an appointment.

Anita has started at 1 stop. Please contact us on 8725 5383 to arrange an appointment.1 Stop is excited to welcome Anita Franklin to the team.

Anita has a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Master of Social Work and is an AASW accredited social worker. She worked for 15 years in Beijing, China,where she founded a small centre working with a multi-disciplinary team providing support for children with special needs, learning, social, emotional and behavioural challenges, their families and their support networks.

Anita has recently moved to Mount Gambier to have a better work-life balance and continue her practice. Anita is passionate about facilitatingopportunities for early intervention and healing for children experiencing emotional, psychosocial, behavioural and/or developmental difficulties using therapeutic play and creative arts. Her practice is child led, child and culturally sensitive and trauma informed. She works alongside children to explore ways to express themselves.

She specialises in working with children from three to 18, using play, daily activities, and creative arts therapeutically to
• promotesocial skills
• negotiate life transitions
• find strategies tomanage anxiety-related behaviours
• facilitaterelationship building skills
• promote emotional regulation
• work through challenging emotionsand fear of failure
• strengthen independence and resilience
• increase healthy self-esteem and self-awareness
• build effective communication skills
• develop life skills

Anita is also able to provide therapeutic support to parents and families adjusting to a disability diagnosis or feeling overwhelmed by their child’s struggles. She will be working at 1 Stop on Fridays, and is taking bookings now for sessions starting in January 2020.
... See MoreSee Less

30th January, 2020

1 Stop is excited to welcome Anita Franklin to the team.

Anita has a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Master of Social Work and is an AASW accredited social worker. She worked for 15 years in Beijing, China,where she founded a small centre working with a multi-disciplinary team providing support for children with special needs, learning, social, emotional and behavioural challenges, their families and their support networks. 

Anita has recently moved to Mount Gambier to have a better work-life balance and continue her practice. Anita is passionate about facilitatingopportunities for early intervention and healing for children experiencing emotional, psychosocial, behavioural and/or developmental difficulties using therapeutic play and creative arts. Her practice is child led, child and culturally sensitive and trauma informed. She works alongside children to explore ways to express themselves.

She specialises in working with children from three to 18, using play, daily activities, and creative arts therapeutically to
• promotesocial skills
• negotiate life transitions
• find strategies tomanage anxiety-related behaviours
• facilitaterelationship building skills
• promote emotional regulation
• work through challenging emotionsand fear of failure
• strengthen independence and resilience
• increase healthy self-esteem and self-awareness
• build effective communication skills
• develop life skills

Anita is also able to provide therapeutic support to parents and families adjusting to a disability diagnosis or feeling overwhelmed by their child’s struggles. She will be working at 1 Stop on Fridays, and is taking bookings now for sessions starting in January 2020.

1 Stop is excited to welcome Anita Franklin to the team.

Anita has a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Master of Social Work and is an AASW accredited social worker. She worked for 15 years in Beijing, China,where she founded a small centre working with a multi-disciplinary team providing support for children with special needs, learning, social, emotional and behavioural challenges, their families and their support networks.

Anita has recently moved to Mount Gambier to have a better work-life balance and continue her practice. Anita is passionate about facilitatingopportunities for early intervention and healing for children experiencing emotional, psychosocial, behavioural and/or developmental difficulties using therapeutic play and creative arts. Her practice is child led, child and culturally sensitive and trauma informed. She works alongside children to explore ways to express themselves.

She specialises in working with children from three to 18, using play, daily activities, and creative arts therapeutically to
• promotesocial skills
• negotiate life transitions
• find strategies tomanage anxiety-related behaviours
• facilitaterelationship building skills
• promote emotional regulation
• work through challenging emotionsand fear of failure
• strengthen independence and resilience
• increase healthy self-esteem and self-awareness
• build effective communication skills
• develop life skills

Anita is also able to provide therapeutic support to parents and families adjusting to a disability diagnosis or feeling overwhelmed by their child’s struggles. She will be working at 1 Stop on Fridays, and is taking bookings now for sessions starting in January 2020.
... See MoreSee Less

8th January, 2020

 

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Wonderful news 😊

Video image

Happy World Braille Day! ⚫️
Watch this video 📺 to learn how a French teen, Louis Braille, developed a tactile reading system to make literacy for the blind a reality.

Comment below⬇️ where you see braille in your everyday life. #WorldBrailleDay

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyfxQ6sdaIE
... See MoreSee Less

4th January, 2020

Phone lines back up. Office will be open on 2nd Jan 2020. Emergency contact number on office door if needed. Merry and safe Xmas everyone. See you all in the new year. 1 Stop staff ... See MoreSee Less

24th December, 2019

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