Navigating Sensory Meltdowns: Identifying Signs and Offering Support 

Sensory meltdowns can be overwhelming for both children and their caregivers. These intense reactions can occur when sensory input overwhelms a child’s ability to process it, leading to emotional and behavioural outbursts. In this blog, we’ll delve into the world of sensory meltdowns, how to recognise the signs, and effective strategies to provide much-needed support.  […]

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 […]

Why does my child chew on everything?

Is your child chewing on something all the time? I mean not only food but non-edible objects? While putting things in the mouth is normal for babies and toddlers, sometimes, children past that age are still chewing. We are going to discuss some of the reasons why children may be known to chew on everything. […]

Benefits of Sensory Play for Children

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Children absolutely delight in exploring their world through their senses. Sensory play – play that stimulates any of a child’s senses – builds cognitive skills and influences how your child learns about their world. At Happy Dots, all of our sessions are sensory & play based, and most of all fun!   Exploring our everyday […]

Do we have 5, 7 or 8 sensory systems?

What is the Sensory System? The sensory system is a part of the nervous system that is responsible for processing information through the senses. The sensory system is composed of the brain, spinal cord, and neurons. It is the neurological wiring by which we recognise and process sensory information from outside and inside the body. […]

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 […]

Occupational Therapy Red Flags

THE FOLLOWING ARE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY RED FLAGS FOR REFERRAL:  Delayed Fine Motor Skills (skills requiring use of small muscles in the hand) – has difficulty playing with age-­appropriate toys with multiple or small pieces; may have poor handwriting; may have difficulty self-­‐feeding with a utensil; has poor eye-­hand coordination Delayed Gross Motor Skills (skills requiring […]

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 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 […]