Washing hands – our new favourite pastime!

So that everyone can participate, we’ve made an aided language display to go with our now most frequent daily activity. There are already lots of visual supports available for the sequence of hand washing, and we've been using the WHO How_To_HandWash_Poster but many people are adapting this. It's impossible to list all of the options … Continue reading Washing hands – our new favourite pastime!

Talking to kids about Coronavirus

“Kids worry more when they're kept in the dark” Rachel Ehmke, Child Mind Institute With the outbreak and ongoing uncertainty of the Coronavirus/COVID-19, we feel it is important to provide resources and ideas to ensure those who have communication challenges also get the information they need. Please download our aided language display (available at the … Continue reading Talking to kids about Coronavirus

Back to school – talking makes transitions easier.

Last year (or was it the year before), I posted some ‘conversation placemats’ to encourage conversations about starting back at school. It’s been on my mind again lately as my daughter shows signs of excitement, nervousness, and trepidation about her return to school. Strong feelings can be related to not knowing (or in some cases … Continue reading Back to school – talking makes transitions easier.

Don’t just accept it – Promote it

Recently, I’ve read and listened to alot about people’s views on inclusive education for children with disabilities. I am an advocate of mainstream schooling options for children with disabilities and see in our future a world where schools welcome (not just accept) children of all types, with programs that support all learning needs across all … Continue reading Don’t just accept it – Promote it

Back to school – but are you ready to talk about it?

Recently I attended a planning meeting for a client's transition into a mainstream Reception class (the South Australian equivalent to Kindergarten). We talked alot about how to best prepare him for school and all of the things we needed to put in place AT school, but when I thought back about my daughter's first year … Continue reading Back to school – but are you ready to talk about it?