Walking milestones for children 0-15 months

Over the past few months, I have been exploring developmental achievements of babies in the first 12-18 months in the areas of gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and language. Today, I’ll discuss walking, which is one of the major achievements in your baby’s life. The age at which babies walk varies considerably between children.…

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Pointing for children 5-18 months

An important social and language/communication milestone Pointing is a fine motor skill that is used for early social and communication interactions. Over the past weeks I have been discussing the importance of the combination of developmental milestones. Pointing is one such example. It is a fine motor skill that is used for early social and…

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Independent standing milestones for children 0-12 months

In the last 2 weeks we have had a number of our little people at TFK achieve independent standing. Such a lovely thing to see as a baby has the confidence and skills to let go and stand alone. Initially they can only stand, but very quickly they can hold a toy, play, and reach…

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Fine motor skills for children 6-12 months

Last week we discussed fine motor development in the first 6 months and the importance of vision and gross motor skills for this successful development. From 6-12 months, this continues to be the case, but as well fine motor development (especially pointing) is important for early communication. Deb’s Key Takeaways: Increasing gross motor skills and…

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Hand skills for children aged 0-6 months

For the next couple weeks, we will discuss the development of fine motor skills in the first 12 months of a baby’s life. Fine motor skills are the movements we make using the small muscles of the hands. From birth, babies use their hands to explore their own bodies and the world around them. The…

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Pulling to stand using furniture for children 7-12 months

8 to 10 months old babies begin to have more strength and explore the space around them. Transitional gross-motor milestones – part 3 Welcome back to transitional gross motor milestones. So far, we have covered the motor development from tummy time, rolling, creeping/crawling, and sitting. Babies have more strength and awareness of the space around them and…

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Self-feeding for children aged 6 months to 4+ years

Self-feeding: part 2 Last week we discussed the first 4 months of your baby’s feeding development. This period focuses on reflex behaviour and developing oral motor control so that by 6 months babies can tolerate a mixed diet of fluids and solids. From 6 months to 4 years old, babies and children develop the skills…

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Self-feeding for children aged 0-6 months

Self-feeding: part 1 It has been 2 weeks between blogs as life has gotten busy with our beginning the change back to in rooms from providing therapy exclusively by Telehealth    I thought we would have a change from gross motor development and talk about feeding   It is something we get asked about constantly,…

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Sitting the benefits of early strengthening

Last week we discussed crawling, the second transition. Today, we’ll talk about sitting, the benefits of early strengthening, and the reward of seeing your baby interact with the world from an upright position. Key takeaways The stages of learning to sit: 4-6 months, 7-9 months, 10-12 months How to help your baby learn to sit…

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Self-Care Sunday

Key takeaways: Why is self-care important? What is mindfulness and how do I practice it? How can I incorporate mindfulness into my busy life?   Hi TFK Fam! Julia here, taking over for Deb today so she can get busy making TFK even better. On Sundays, we often do Sunday Successes, but today I’m going…

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Creeping/Crawling

Transitional gross-motor milestones – part 2 Last week I discussed rolling, the first movement transition. Once your baby has mastered this skill, they tend to spend more time on their tummy as they can move so freely. Now babies quickly start to move. Often the first way babies learn to get around is by creeping,…

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Sunday Successes

Well done to all our wonderful parents!   I was just sitting down on Sunday afternoon in this COVID world thinking of all the parents we have been working with through Telehealth. I have been so humbled by the patience, love, and commitment of everyone I’ve seen when I’ve popped into sessions.   I can’t…

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Rolling

Transitional gross-motor milestones – part 1 Today I am going to begin talking about how babies move from one position to another. These movements are called transitions. We transition from one movement to another hundreds of times a day. We go from rolling over in bed, lying to sitting up, from sitting to standing, standing to squat to…

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Joint Attention

Last week I discussed the use of gestures in key word signs in the development of early language. In this blog I mention the importance of joint attention.    What is joint attention? Joint attention is the ability to share a common focus on something with someone else (this includes people, objects, concepts, events, etc).…

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Gestures and/or Key Word Signs

Well we are well underway into our second week of teletherapy. Never has communication been so important at Therapies for Kids than now. With the advent of Teletherapy for Kids, our hands cannot touch your child. Our cupboards of toys, puzzles, books (though emptier) are still mainly waiting in the rooms. Therefore, to allow us…

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Tummy Time

So week 2 of my regular blog. The plan is to elaborate on Milestone Monday. Last week’s milestone was tummy time. It’s a subject that every new carer is invested in but the messages that you hear can be mixed and any child’s reaction to their carers introduction of tummy time can be so varied…from…

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Container Baby Syndrome

I’m sure you’re asking “what are you talking about?”. Simply put it’s when babies are moved from one container to another throughout the day (Container Baby Shuffle) and they develop certain symptoms as a result. Container Baby Syndrome / Container Baby Shuffle happens easily, it is part of our day to day reality, and part…

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Introduction to our ‘forever home’

After trialling different houses in the Inner West, Therapies for Kids (TFK) has finally found its “forever home” in our beautiful new “shed” in Leichhardt. It sounds simple, but walk through the door and a whole therapeutic world emerges over 3 levels. For those who need help to access the different levels we have our…

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