Category Archives: Special Needs

Dimity Blank – Child & Family Clinician

Dimity Blank – Child & Family Clinician

Dimity is a qualified Counsellor and experienced Early Childhood Teacher with a background in inclusive education and disability support.

Throughout her career, Dimity has worked with children and young people who require extra understanding and she is passionate about providing solutions for children and families when learning, behavioural, developmental, or identity differences create stress, anxiety, and relationship issues.

Dimity is a kind, gentle, and caring clinician with an understanding of a wide variety of treatment methods such as Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and play-based therapy.

She has supported children and young people who have been affected by family breakups as well as those who struggle to manage their emotions, navigate friendships, and develop healthy self-esteem.

She is particularly committed to supporting children who live with disabilities and developmental delays and their families.

At Kids First, is an integral member of our early intervention team, supporting children with NDIS funding and their families.

She guides parents and carers to a better understanding of their children’s needs with practical ways in which to improve relationships, behaviour, and life at home.

Her experience as a teacher also enables her to provide sensible, constructive advice to classroom educators.

Dimity leads some of Kids First’s evidence-based Social Skills groups and her expertise as a creative early educator is showcased in her supportive Ready Set School program for children aged 4 to 5.

Dimity works at Kids First on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Contact us now on (02) 9938 5419 to make an appointment to discuss a child you care about.

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End of the year survival guide for time-poor parents

After a BIG year, the run up to December holidays can be exhausting for children, families and hard-working teachers. When everyone is tired, the last weeks of preschool and school can be tricky. With routines out of kilter, exciting extra outings and a seemingly urgent need to catch up with everyone you know before 25… Continue Reading

School cut off dates: When can my child start school?

Preview(opens in a new tab) One of the trickiest thing about starting school in Australia is that every state seems to do it differently! Instead of all children starting school when they are of a similar age, each state has its own set of rules about the age at which children can start school. And… Continue Reading

OT @ Home: How to make your own crash mat

Some occupational therapy rooms are full of crash mats and things for children to jump onto. Not only are these types of jumping and crashing activities fun for your child, they also have a lot of sensory benefits. A crash mat can provide proprioceptive input and deep pressure for your child which leads to better… Continue Reading

Late Talkers: When to Be Concerned About Your Toddler’s Speech and Language Development

We’ve all been there … you’re in a play group or at story-time at your local library… All the other toddlers in the room are babbling away a mile a minute to anyone who will listen, and your child is quietly enjoying building a stack of colourful blocks or flipping through the pages of a… Continue Reading

School Ready Toolkit

Your children are at home. Perhaps preschool is closed for a while – and there’s only so many repeats of Peppa Pig that you can bear! You’re committed to ensuring that your children develop all of the positive skills they need to have a happy, healthy, confident start to primary school – but you’re not… Continue Reading

Morgan Webster – Occupational Therapist

Morgan Webster – Occupational Therapist

Morgan has a Masters’ degree in Occupational Therapy and more than a decade’s experience as an OT. A long-standing member of the Kids First team and the busy mum of two active girls, she has a unique understanding of the challenges that many children and families face. Throughout her career, Morgan has worked extensively in… Continue Reading

How to help your special needs child build better social skills

For children with learning and thinking differences, making connections with others can be difficult. As parents and teachers, it can be worrying to watch a child a child we care about struggle, because we know that friendships and feelings of belonging are vital to our kids’ learning, development and well-being. If your child, or a… Continue Reading

How your child’s sensory system sets them up for life

As human beings, we learn ‘from the bottom up’… In other words, as babies and small children, our development begins with physical and sensory skills that we master, one by one, step by step. Our 7 senses are our foundation stones, and even before we are born these senses are busy working and integrating. Over time,… Continue Reading