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Join the discussion! Here you’ll find articles about disability, therapy strategies and other topics of interest written by our team of therapists and support staff.

PEBBLES celebrate World Continence Week

June 19th, 2017

This year’s World Continence Week theme, ‘incontinence- it’s no laughing matter’ is one that will resonate with many of us. Bladder and bowel health problems, including leakage (incontinence), are more common when a child or adult has a disability, and can be tricky to navigate.

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The Power of a Key Worker

May 26th, 2017

At Therapy Focus we use what’s called a ‘Key Worker model’ when delivering therapy services. In our latest blog, Therapy Focus Speech Pathologist, Tania Muscat, explains what that actually means.

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Study options after school

April 7th, 2017

“What opportunities does my child have to keep learning after high school?” Therapy Focus Occupational Therapist Celine Windsor outlines the various options for post-school study as well as what supports may be available.

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What does a social worker do?

March 21st, 2017

There are many assumptions and a lot of confusion about what social workers actually do. In our latest blog, Therapy Focus Social Workers, Amanda McKinnell and Jo Andrews unpack the role of a social worker.

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What is Central Auditory Processing Disorder?

February 2nd, 2017

Therapy Focus Speech Pathologist Ruyi Tong explains Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) and outlines treatment options.

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How is autism diagnosed?

January 20th, 2017

Approximately one in every 88 people has autism, but how is it diagnosed? Therapy Focus Speech Pathologist Christine Bosch highlights the potential signs of autism and explains the diagnostic process.

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Mealtimes can be sense-ational!

December 13th, 2016

An approach called ‘Sense-ational Mealtimes’ is helping parents better understand mealtime challenges and supporting them to set realistic goals.

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Bibra Lake Regional Playground Review

November 18th, 2016

Therapy Focus Occupational Therapist Advanced Clinician Deanne Coleman reviews the new Bibra Lake Regional Playground.

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The value of being included

November 9th, 2016

Social inclusion is an important part of feeling happy and healthy, growing stronger and becoming the person we want to be. So what is social inclusion? And how can we achieve a healthy social life?

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World Cerebral Palsy Day: Shakira’s Story

October 5th, 2016

In celebration of World Cerebral Palsy Day on 5 October 2016, we invited a family receiving services to share their story.

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Spina Bifida Awareness Week: Michael’s Story

September 2nd, 2016

September 1-7 marks Spina Bifida Awareness Week. To help people gain a better understanding of the birth defect, which causes varying degrees of disability, we asked 10 year-old Michael McDonald to share an insight into what it’s like living with spina bifida.

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What does a speech pathologist do?

August 11th, 2016

What does a speech pathologist actually do? Therapy Focus Speech Pathologist Monique Moreno explains in this month’s therapy blog post.

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The importance of imaginative play

July 19th, 2016

Imaginative play is a critical aspect of normal child development and should be encouraged by parents, writes Therapy Focus BeST Clinician Rachael Tan.

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Continence Week: Tips for a Healthy Bladder & Bowel

June 20th, 2016

This year World Continence Week is being held from June 20-26 with the theme ‘Improve your bottom line’ encouraging people to adopt healthy bladder and bowel habits to prevent and improve incontinence.

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Are you ready to vote?

May 30th, 2016

Therapy Focus Speech Pathologist Emma Pannell explains why it is so important that people with disabilities utilise their right to vote.

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The Art of Social Thinking

April 26th, 2016

Social Thinking® is a practice devised by Michelle Garcia Winner to help people understand how our thinking affects our social behaviours and skills.

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The importance of play for children with autism

March 24th, 2016

Early intervention is key when supporting a person with autism and evidence proves that supporting a child through play is the best way for them to learn.

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The benefits of Key Word Sign

February 16th, 2016

The possibilities can seem endless with so many voice output devices and apps on the market. So where does this leave our other communication tools? And what happens when technology fails?

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Take it outside! The benefits of outdoor play

December 16th, 2015

Playgrounds are more than just a place to have fun; they also provide a great opportunity for your child to develop their gross motor skills through play.

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Can I have your attention?

November 27th, 2015

“He just won’t pay attention”. “If only she could focus better”. These are both things we often hear from parents and carers. The following blog post by Therapy Focus Speech Pathologist Kate Darwent explains why attention skills are vital for the development of language and social skills.

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So, what is AAC?

October 20th, 2015

AAC is a term used a lot by our therapists and it can often leave parents wondering just what it means. The following article by Therapy Focus Speech Pathologist, Freya Allen, explains AAC and how it is used in speech therapy.

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Shoelace Tying Tips

September 22nd, 2015

A common question many parents ask is at what age their child should be tying their own shoelaces? The following article by Therapy Focus’s Durham Road School Team, offers practical strategies for assisting children with this important developmental stage.

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Speech Pathology Week: Sawyer’s Story

August 24th, 2015

In celebration of Speech Pathology Week, which is held from the 23rd – 29th of August, we invited a family receiving services to share their story. The following is written by Aasta, who is Mum to five year-old Sawyer.

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