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Picture This! – Things You Need to Know About Comprehension and Visualisation

“If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it” -Albert Einstein Hello! Welcome back to HeadStart for Life’s blog, Beyond Therapy! Have you ever wondered why do some child...

3 weeks ago by 2 minutes

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Speech TherapySpeech Therapy

What do we know about Executive Functioning?

Hey there readers! Great to see you back at HeadStart for Life’s blog, Beyond Therapy! This time we are going to talk about Executive Functioning. Have you ever gone on a road trip without a map...

1 month ago by 2 minutes

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Therapeutic PlayTherapeutic Play

Let’s Talk About Group Play Therapy

Hi there! Welcome back to HeadStart for Life’s blog, Beyond Therapy! Play Therapy is usually done individually but today we wanted to discuss Group Play Therapy. What is Group Play Therapy? The Grou...

1 month ago by 2 minutes

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School Readiness ProgrammeSchool Readiness Programme

Starter Activities for the Budding Reader

…When a child has the chance to hear one good story after another, day after day, he is being taught to read. – James Hymes   Welcome back to Beyond Therapy, HeadStart for Life’...

2 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech TherapySpeech Therapy

Fun Ways to Work with Your Child’s Speech – Part I

  “My child just won’t sit still and say the sounds that I want him to. It’s so hard.” Does this resonate with you? I often hear this feedback from the parents of childr...

2 months ago by 2 minutes

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Social Skills TrainingSocial Skills Training, Speech Therapy

Getting the most out of your toys: Part 2

Hello everyone! Welcome back to HeadStart for Life’s blog! Previously, I discussed several ways in which we can use a toy that most of us will be very familiar with to support various aspects of...

3 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech TherapySpeech Therapy

Gesturing: Its Importance For Language Development

“When will my child begin to talk?” This is a question speech-language pathologists are frequently asked by parents. In response to this question, I ask the question: “Is your child gesturing?...

3 months ago by 3 minutes

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Social Skills TrainingSocial Skills Training

Let’s do role play!

Hi there! Welcome back to HeadStart for Life’s blog – Beyond Therapy! Today we’ll be discussing… Role Play! Role play is a term used to describe a kind of play where a person a...

4 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech TherapySpeech Therapy

Echolalia: Parroting Words without Communicating

Hello! We love seeing you back here at HeadStart for Life’s Beyond Therapy blog! Today we are going to talk about Echolalia. What’s that? Please read on! Imitation plays a strong part in o...

4 months ago by 2 minutes

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Occupational TherapyOccupational Therapy, School Readiness Programme, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy

Integrating Sensory Procesing Approach and Behaviour Management

At HeadStart, we have seen parents who know if their child has sensory processing difficulty, thus behaviour problems are inevitable. However, not every behaviour problem is a result of sensory proces...

5 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech TherapySpeech Therapy

What are Speech Sound Disorders?

Most of us must have heard at one time or other a friend’s child saying “tar” instead of ‘car’ or a child on the bus saying “that car yewo”. And what about Tweety Bird saying “I though...

5 months ago by 1 minute

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AT (Assistive Technology) in Art

“What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.” — Steve Jobs I couldn’t agree more with these words...

6 months ago by 1 minute

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Occupational TherapyOccupational Therapy

Active or Hyperactive Child

Background Dashing off on the street; bouncing on the bed; climbing up the furniture, these all looked like elements of typical children’s play. However, the look of concern on the parents’ faces ...

6 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech TherapySpeech Therapy

Your Child’s Attention and Language Skills

“Are you listening?” “Are you paying attention?” “Remember what I said?” How many times have we asked this question to our children? 5? 20? 50? 100? We may have use...

6 months ago by 2 minutes

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Social Skills TrainingSocial Skills Training, Speech Therapy

Getting the most out of your toys: Part 1

Hello everyone! Welcome to our new series on getting the most out of your toys! Often, parents have told me that they don’t really know how to use the toys at home to play in a variety of ways. ...

7 months ago by 2 minutes

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Emotion and Connection

Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai! It is a happy time of the year with the festivities now! But have you ever wondered why we feel what we feel? Why we do what we do? Same questions apply when we...

7 months ago by 1 minute

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Speech TherapySpeech Therapy

Dealing with Verbal Dyspraxia

Previously, we provided an overview of verbal dyspraxia or childhood apraxia of speech. We hope that you were able to gain some useful information regarding this motor speech concern. If you have miss...

8 months ago by 2 minutes

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School Readiness ProgrammeSchool Readiness Programme, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy

How can we help children having anxiety in the classroom?

Welcome back to a brand new year of our HeadStart for Life blog, Beyond Therapy! It’s that time of the year again! Christmas and New Year celebrations behind us and it’s time to embrace t...

8 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech TherapySpeech Therapy

Language and Thinking Skills for Children with Speech and Language Delay

From young, language and thinking skills play a very important role in our daily life experiences. We need to use language and think creatively and critically to solve problems, assess the consequence...

10 months ago by 2 minutes

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Art and Visual Spatial Intelligence

In today’s post, we look at the link between Art and “Visual Spatial thinking”. Visual Spatial thinking “finds meaning in the shape, size, orientation, location, direction or trajectory, of o...

10 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech TherapySpeech Therapy

Helping Children Move Up in Their Level of Play

Children with special needs almost always have issues in their play. During initial assessment in speech – language therapy, play is the first thing we observe. As Plato once said: “You can discov...

10 months ago by 3 minutes

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What should we teach our toddlers?

“He can point to different body parts now!” “She counted from 1 to 30 yesterday!” Quite often, parents share about what their child knows. Young children learn at an exponentia...

10 months ago by 2 minutes

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Social Skills TrainingSocial Skills Training

Understanding Self- regulation: Why can’t my child seem to control himself?

More than once, I have heard parents give this kind of feedback about their child’s behaviours, “He knows he should not do that, but still, he will do it again and again,”. This is an example wh...

10 months ago by 2 minutes

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Occupational TherapyOccupational Therapy, School Readiness Programme, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapeutic Play

How to Prevent Your Child from Falling Sick

“Good morning, Audrey is sick today and won’t be coming to school today *sigh* ” – parent “Oh dear! Thats the 3rd time this term. Hope she gets well soon and you take car...

11 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech TherapySpeech Therapy

My child has verbal dyspraxia? What does that mean?

What is verbal dyspraxia? Verbal dyspraxia or childhood apraxia of speech is a motor disorder concerning the planning and execution of movements to achieve intelligible speech. Although there is no we...

11 months ago by 1 minute

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