The Function Behind Executive Functions

Alicia Eden, BOccThy Executive functioning refers to our higher order thinking skills; the ability to solve problems, think rationally and make sense of the world around us. We use them every day without even noticing, our brains are very clever like that! Our executive functioning skills develop through adolescence and into our adult life. A child’s ability to develop executive …

What is OT? Through the Eyes of Future OTs

Our names are Kaylah and Holly, and we have spent a week at Townsville Occupational Therapy Service for our year 10 work experience. Being students in the TOTS clinic, we have closely watched Alicia and the other girls in how they interact with the children. During our experience at TOTS we learnt many things. One thing that we both did …

Developing Pretend Play in Young Children

Nicola Smith, BOccThy Play skills are a necessity for children. It is how they learn and make sense of the world around them. Children who have developmental delays can sometimes have delays in their play skills. Pretend play is a type of play skill that we see develop around 12-15 months of age. It is where a child can act …

Physical Disabilities in Children

Children that have physical disabilities often have difficulties participating in everyday activities such as walking, playing, dressing themselves, and going to school. A physical disability can be any condition that impacts on a person’s normal body movement and control.   What are common types of physical disabilities? Common physical disabilities include cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy and spinal or …

Tackling Toilet Training

Alicia Eden, BOccThy Toileting– it can be considered a taboo topic to chat openly about, however it is one of the most important skills a child learns. Being able to go to the toilet by yourself is important as children start to venture into the community for playdates, kindy, and school. It also starts to foster independence and confidence. Most …

Identifying Challenges in Children

Nicole Brown (OT)  As seen in January 2017 PAKMAG  My first child walked at 9 months and my second at 15 months. My first child spoke 2 words at 18 months and my second spoke at 11 months. Such differences are expected in children and it can be hard at times to know when something is not quite right in …

Let the children play!

Nicole Brown (OT) Play is important for children and is vital for learning and developing. Play forms the basis for many skills required later in life as adults. It encourages children to learn about themselves and their environment through the use of skills including sensory motor skills (coordinating movements, fine motor and gross motor skills), cognitive skills (thinking, attending, concentrating) …

OT For A Week

I’m Caitlin Mumme, I’m a Year 10 student at Southern Cross Catholic College, and for the past week I’ve been given the exciting opportunity to experience what it would be like to work as an Occupational Therapist. I have plans to become a Paediatric Nurse or an Occupational Therapist, which is why being able to complete work experience at TOTS …

FIDGET SPINNER – Friend or Foe?

Alicia Eden, BOccThy They’ve been available online for years, and locally for the past couple of months. Fidget spinners have been the latest craze with kids, surpassing the return of Pokemon cards. They’re advertised as both a fun toy and a tool to help people with their concentration. A lot of people have weighed in on this debate, saying that …