Breathing is widely acknowledged as a technique that calms some of our big emotions like anxiety, stress, anger or frustration. “Breathe”. “Take a breather”. “Just take a deep breath”. How often do we talk about breathing when we need some time … [Read more...] about Deep breathing to calm your child’s anxiety
Sprouts Child Occupational Therapy Blog
"I know it may be hard to understand that what I have in my lunchbox day in and day out are the only foods I can eat at school." School kids have gone back to class this week after the school holidays and with that comes the arduous task of packing … [Read more...] about Who cares what is in my child’s lunchbox? A free school letter from your fussy eater.
5 ways to support your selective eater during the Christmas holidays Christmas tables are laden with lots of festive foods – turkey and cranberry sauce, ham on the bone, roast vegetables, fruit cake, pavolova, or freshly picked strawberries to … [Read more...] about Christmas feasting with a “fussy eater”
Food chaining is a child-friendly feeding therapy strategy that is used regularly use during treatment sessions to help children experience success with eating. You may have heard your feeding therapist talk about food chaining and wondered what it … [Read more...] about Food Chaining – what is it?
The classroom struggle is very real for the left-handed child - from sharpening a pencil and smudged ink to using a mouse and writing in spiral-bound notebooks. While being a left-hander these days doesn’t come with the stigma and social pressure to … [Read more...] about Helping your left-handed child succeed in a right-handed orientated classroom
“The most frustrating thing about living with ARFID is that nobody knows what it is. It’s a real eating disorder and not a choice, I’m not just being picky and awkward. I just wish more people knew about it.” We recently asked families who deal with … [Read more...] about My child has ARFID – it’s an eating disorder, but please don’t judge me!
Scented play dough is a great a way of building muscles in young children’s hands, providing and opportunity for “heavy work” for a young child or a play activity to keep children busy and entertained. Playing with play dough supports creative … [Read more...] about Scented Play Dough and how to use it in feeding therapy
We all know that protein rich foods are an important part of a balanced diet. But what do you do when you have a child with a restricted diet who avoids all or many sources of protein - meat, fish, eggs, nuts and some dairy products? This can be … [Read more...] about 10 tips to increase protein rich foods in your child’s restrictive diet