Category Archives: Speech Pathology

Kids First in the Community

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At Kids First, we are all about helping kids to thrive and not just ‘cope’.

That’s why we are excited to announce ‘Kids First in the Community’, our new program supporting children and educators in schools and preschools.

From January 2019, in addition to our ‘Kids First in the Clinic’ services, Kids First’s speech pathologists and occupational therapists will be available to deliver individual therapy and small group programs in northern beaches schools and preschools.

We will be supporting some children in their homes too!

Professional support for busy parents and professionals

We understand that parents and carers are busy.

We also know that educators are keen to partner with families and other professionals so that children can reach their best potential.

‘Kids First in the Community’ will enable us all to work together in a positive way to enhance kids’ lives.

Make Kids First part of your community

We’d love to share our expertise in every school and early childhood setting in Sydney’s northern beaches – but there’s only so many days in the week and ‘Kids First in the Community’ is already proving to be a popular program.

If you would like ‘Kids First in the Community’ services to be available in your preschool, early childhood education centre or primary school in 2019, contact Kids First Children’s Services on (02) 9938 5419 or by email on manager@kids-first.com.au so that we can set up a time to chat.

 

Fussy eaters: Why families seek help from feeding therapists

  If your child is a fussy eater, you might have worries about your children’s nutrition, growth and development. You might also be concerned about the relationship difficulties that arise when you and your child fight over food and meal-times. SOS Approach to Feeding therapists at Kids First Children’s Services in Sydney’s northern beaches explain… Continue Reading

Fussy eaters tip: Take the drama out of dinner-time

According to feeding therapists at Kids First Children’s Services in Brookvale, many families lead busy lives that make it difficult for their fussy eater to experience consistent dinner time routines. Below, they share some easy ways to help your fussy eater get used to sitting at the table.   Make family meals the norm Whenever… Continue Reading

Fussy eaters tip: Let your children play with their food

  Feeding therapists at Kids First Children’s Services encourage fussy eaters to play sensory games with food outside of mealtimes. It might be messy, but there’s method in their madness. When children play with food, instead of being expected to eat it, they get exposure to new touches, smells and tastes that can help them… Continue Reading

Free Event: How to Feed Your Fussy Eater

   Are meal-times a mess for your family? Do you find yourself: Arguing with your children? Doing ‘deals’ to get them to eat? Wasting time, effort and money on dishes that don’t get eaten? Worrying that your child’s nutrition is compromised? Concerned that your child’s picky eating is stopping them from enjoying parties and outings… Continue Reading

Knowing your child’s reading stage and how to help them

As a parent, you play a critical role in helping your child learn to read. This advice, from Ryan Spencer, Literacy Educator at the University of Canberra, will help you to identify your child’s reading skill level and how you can help at home. Learning to read is a complicated process and parents often wonder if… Continue Reading

Free seminar: How to Give Your Bilingual Child the Best Start

Advice for parents and teachers of bilingual children aged 0 – 6 Bilingual children have unique language and learning skills As the parent or preschool teacher of bilingual children, your desire to help the kids in your care make the best possible start is natural…but how can you achieve this? 15% of Australian children live… Continue Reading

How to encourage literacy in young children (and beyond)

  What’s the best way to help your children with their schooling without actually doing it for them? Louise Phillips from the The University of Queensland and Pauline Harris, from the University of South Australia have been focusing on the answers to this question in a series of articles they have written for The Conversation. Their excellent ideas… Continue Reading

Free Event: How to Help Your Child Become a Better Reader

  Does your child struggle with any of these skills? Rhyming Reading unfamiliar words (and so guesses instead) Sounding words out Blending sounds together Reading aloud Remembering the alphabet, basic Maths and days of the week Spelling Pronouncing words (e.g. says ‘mawn lower’ instead of ‘lawn mower’) Learning new skills (compensates by relying on memorization) Remembering facts and… Continue Reading