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Play is learning

There are four formally identified types of play: Exploritary Play (Hutt) is a precursor to problem solving skills; Practice Play(Piaget) highlights that constant repetition of actions help in mastering them; Sociodramatic Play (Garvey; Similanskey) is where social interactions have at their core the creation and sharing of rules in imaginatively created situations; Symbolic Play(Piaget; Vygotsky; Bruner et […]

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What is learning – a basic introduction

Learning can be defined as the process leading to “relatively permanent change in behaviour that results from practice.” (Atkinson et al, 2000) In other words, as we learn, we alter the way we perceive our environment and therefore, the way we interact, or behave. When we learn, we organise, shape and strengthen our brains. From […]

Teens – Awareness of The Internal Critic

We want to help our teens recognise their unhelpful thinking styles and how these have influenced patterns of behaviour. Psychology Tools lists the following styles: 🔻All or Nothing Thinking – ‘if I’m not perfect, I’ve failed’ or ‘either I do it right or not at all’ 🔻 Mental Filter – only noticing failures but not […]

Between – Behaviour Rewards

Reward star charts are a good strategy for short term behaviours/ action/ work that you want to see your between change. They offer a reward when your between has consistently been doing the desired behaviours (and you can have mini rewards along the way to maintain interest). 💭 Discuss the WHY! Why is it important […]

Toddlers – Tidy Up Time

So you’ve tucked your little one into bed, you’re ready to FINALLY relax only to look around and realise there are still toys everywhere! 😱🤯 Sound familiar? Involving your children in the tidy-up process is not only beneficial for you but it is actually building resilience, patience and self-esteem – skills they’ll need for the […]

AVOID BURNOUT – top breathwork tips to help you reduce stress now

When you hear the definition of ‘Burnout’ you can understand why it’s such a buzzword at the moment, especially amongst parents. “Burnout is a form of exhaustion caused by constantly feeling swamped. It is a result of excessive and prolonged emotional, physical and mental stress.” The charity MIND recently conducted research and concluded ‘there are […]

Sustainable Wellness for Long-Term Psychological Wellbeing

Would you like to plant the seeds so your children have the skills and resilience to support their psychological wellbeing for life? Parents and early care-givers are uniquely placed to provide healthy messages for emotional wellness for our children for the rest of their lives. This is an enormously empowering and exciting stage of life, […]

Benefits of Sensory Play

Sensory play has many benefits to aid the development of your child. Be prepared to get messy (an apron and a wipe-able mat on the floor is always a good idea!). I also swear by the Tuff Trays, or some sort of area with a lip just to try and contain the mess a little […]

Why Reading is Important for Your Children

Reading is such an important activity for children. Children are naturally inquisitive and growing up reading and listening to and stories remains a big part of their education and childhood. The Cat in the Hat, Harry Potter, Road Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are just a few books which stand out to me personally […]

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Looking at Milestones and Development

Development is an ongoing process from conception until maturity. The sequence in all children with few exceptions is approximately the same. Still, it’s important to realise that every child is different and development varies from one child to another. Let’s find out what developmental milestones are and when approximately children should be hitting them.  What […]

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Tips to Control Anxiety

These tips can assist anyone who has felt triggered by discussion of the content in the talk from our Instagram LIVE. More detailed information can be found on the handout and workshop around trauma, also available on my page. Tips to control anxiety: Refocus your attention! Concentrate really hard on something in your environment: colours, […]

How to Nail Your Child’s School Morning Routine!

Are your children beginning school, or heading back to school after the summer holidays? Has their morning routine completely fallen to the wayside? Fear not – you are not alone here! Olivia Tarry from iki Kids has shared her top tips on how to build a great morning routine with your children – setting you all […]

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Hello and Welcome to The Practical Child

Watch the video to find out more about The Practical Child and how they help parents, or you can read the transcript of the video here: Video transcript Hi there, welcome to the practical child. My name is Sally and I’m a children’s occupational therapist. And my name is Kirsty and I’m a children’s physiotherapist. […]

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Baby Walkers – The pros and cons

This video by The Practical Child discusses some of the positives and negatives of the two main types of baby walkers available to purchase. If you can’t watch the video, here is a transcript of what’s discussed: Hello, and welcome to the practical child. My name is Kirsty and I’m a children’s physiotherapist. Today we’re […]