From Preschool to Big School- How can we help?

Children achieve many milestones within their first 5 years. During this time, they are walking, running, talking, developing social and communication skills but there are some children that may have issues with these, especially in the classroom. This is where an occupational therapist or an OT can help. Occupational Therapists can help children with a […]

5 Ways to Improve Fine Motor Skills Using Every Day Items

Ok, school is just around the corner and sometime this can mean that parents begin to wonder if their child is “school ready”. As Occupational Therapists we are all about being creative with the most simple of household items. What are Fine Motor Skills? Fine motor skills are the ability to make movements using the […]

Is Your Child Big School Ready?

Thinking of enrolling your child into primary school next year? It is going to be a big step for little kids to start school. You might notice some articles and discussions about ‘school readiness’ – but what does that really mean? Read on to find out more about school readiness and how you can help […]

Does Your Child Need Occupational Therapy?

At Happy Dots Occupational Therapy for Children we provide services to help children develop age-­‐appropriate self-­‐care, play, leisure and school related skills. Through the use of purposeful activities our therapists help children develop their skills and achieve the maximum level of independence. But how do you know if your child needs Occupational Therapy? These are […]

Developmental Milestones for Pre-Writing Skills

What are Pre-Writing Skills? Pre-writing skills are the lines and strokes children need to know and master before they learn to write the alphabet. It is like an introduction to writing. What are the Developmental Milestones for pre-Writing Skills? The lines and strokes are developed in a sequence basing on how old the child is. […]

6 Signs You Have a Great Paediatric OT

As parents, we want to make sure that our children get the best. That does not exclude services like occupational therapy. We have compiled 6 signs to know that you have a great OT. 1. Paediatric OT lays the groundwork from the beginning. At the screening or first visit, expect more questions than answers. Your […]

10 OT activities to improve finger strength

Finger strength is important as it is required for many everyday activities such as doing up buttons and zips, handwriting, drawing, and picking up things. It is essential that kids have appropriate finger strength for them to have the confidence to play, write, draw and achieve other classroom activities.  Here are 10 OT activities that […]

10 things you may or may not know an OT can work on with your child

What do Occupational Therapists do? How can they help children? These questions are frequently asked when people encounter the word “Occupational Therapist”. Occupational Therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners […]