Unlocking Communication Potential: Your Guide to Speech Pathology Assessments

Completion of assessments is a big part of the role of a speech pathologist. Please see below as we explore the range of informal and formal assessment which we complete at Happy Dots to help decide if your child may benefit from a speech pathology assessment. Why Assess? Assessment is an important aspect of the […]

What is Aided Language Stimulation?

Aided language stimulation (also known as language modelling) is a common therapy technique used by speech pathologists to teach language to children who require any form of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). AAC includes any form of communication additional to verbal speech such as key words signs, single visuals, communication books and electronic communication devices. […]

Supporting Young Children’s Language Skills Through Book Reading

Shared book reading, also known as interactive or dialogic reading, is when children and adults actively engage with a book together. This interactive approach can improve children’s interaction skills, understanding of language, sentence development and develop a love of reading. There are several strategies which can be undertaken to enhance the shared book reading experience. […]

Strategies for Helping Children with ADHD to Focus and Succeed 

Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often struggle with maintaining focus, staying organised, and completing tasks. These challenges can impact their academic performance and overall success in school. In this blog post, we will explore effective strategies and techniques to support children with ADHD in focusing and achieving success.  With the right strategies and support, children […]

Building Strong Partnerships: How Occupational Therapy Workshops Can Help Parents and Teachers Collaborate More Effectively

Collaboration between parents and teachers is essential to support children’s development and success in school. When parents and teachers work together, they can create a strong partnership that provides children with the best possible education and support. One way to facilitate this collaboration is through occupational therapy workshops. In this article, we will explore the […]

Sensory Integration Therapy for Children

Learn about sensory integration therapy and how it can help children improve their ability to process and respond to sensory information.  What is Sensory Integration?  Sensory Integration refers to the processing, integration, and organisation of sensory information from the body and the environment. To simply put it, it is how we experience, process, interpret, and […]

Handwriting Therapy for Children

Is your child’s handwriting messy, not as polished as their peers or inconsistent? Is your child also avoiding writing tasks? If you answered yes to one or all of these, your child might need handwriting therapy. Handwriting therapy, also known as occupational therapy for handwriting, is a form of therapy that focuses on improving a […]

All you should know about OT Assistants

Wouldn’t it be great if your child had someone other than you to help them reach their goals? If you’re answering ‘yes’ to this question, a skilled Therapy Assistant could make a big difference to your child’s life (and yours too!)  Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps children to do the things they want […]