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29 June 2020

Why is my child wetting the bed?

Bedwetting can cause stress in school-age children and their families, but it is actually quite common in

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17 June 2020

What does a Continence Clinician do?

Therapy Focus Continence Nurse, Karina Smith provides a glimpse into an average working

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28 May 2020

What does physiotherapy look like online?

Physiotherapist Laura Martin explains what physiotherapy look like online via teletherapy, and how

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27 May 2020

Hayley helps out in the Kimberley

Earlier this year, Occupational Therapist, Hayley Smith travelled to the Kimberley region of Western

Therapy Focus Board Chair Fiona Payne and CEO Angelena Fixter
26 May 2020

From our Chair and CEO: Winter Update

In their latest quarterly update, Therapy Focus CEO Angelena Fixter and Board Chair Fiona Payne share their

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24 April 2020

What is LEGO Therapy?

Lego therapy is a social development program that uses Lego activities to support the development of social

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31 March 2020

Entertaining your kids at home

How can you keep your child entertained all day as we face long periods staying at home We've put

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30 March 2020

Helpful hand washing tips for parents

Hand washing is now more important than ever as we all do our part to prevent the spread of coronavirus

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30 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) links and resources

A list of organisations who have helpful information and resources relating to coronavirus

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28 March 2020

How to get setup for teletherapy

Animated characters in a teletherapy session
27 March 2020

The benefits of teletherapy

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect people around the globe, we’re committed to continuing

A boy and his Dad sitting next to their bikes
27 March 2020

Managing stress and anxiety caused by coronavirus

Therapy Focus Psychologists, Maria McCarthy and Zoe Hayward, share their advice for managing stress and

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27 March 2020

Tips for working from home

Therapy Focus Executive Manager, Kelly Byleveld shares her tips for working from home as offices around the

Therapy Focus Board Chair Fiona Payne and CEO Angelena Fixter
29 February 2020

From our Chair & CEO: Autumn update

In their latest quarterly update, Therapy Focus CEO Angelena Fixter and Board Chair Fiona Payne share

Therapy Focus Phsyiotherapist, Jordan Hitch smiling arm in arm with a younbg boy
4 December 2019

A day in the life of a Physiotherapist

What does a Physiotherapist do We asked Therapy Focus Physio, Jordan Hitch, to tell us about a recent day at

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29 November 2019

What does a Psychologist do?

What does a psychologist do Therapy Focus Clinical Psychologist Laura Keane, who works as part of our South

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21 October 2019

Improving bathroom access for people with a disability

Using the bathroom can be particularly difficult for many people with disability Therapy Focus Assistive

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7 October 2019

A day in the life of an Occupational Therapist

What does an Occupational Therapist do Therapy Focus Occupational Therapist, Elizabeth Chessell, tells us

A young boy pretending to feed a therapist with a spoon
16 September 2019

A day in the life of a Dietitian

What does a Dietitian do Therapy Focus Dietitian, Claire Breen provides a glimpse into an average working

Primary school student sitting with a therapist
28 August 2019

How do therapists work in schools?

In addition to home, clinic and community visits, our therapists work collaboratively with teachers and

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28 August 2019

What is a Developmental Language Disorder?

Language is a skill we all use to tell others our thoughts and feelings and understand the world around us

14 August 2019

A day in the life of a Speech Pathologist

What does a Speech Pathologist do According to Therapy Focus Speech Pathologist, Laura Roberts, no two two

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26 July 2019

How can a Speech Pathologist help someone with dysphagia?

Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking,

therapist talks to patient under tarpaulin
28 June 2019

Karina takes her expertise to Zimbabwe

Physiotherapist Karina Caldwell travelled to Zimbabwe with Cosmos HealthCare to volunteer as part of a

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28 June 2019

Jordan meets his heroes

Therapy Focus Occupational Therapist, Joshua Panelo, recently organised for his client, Jordan Jasmins, to

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21 May 2019

Therapy Focus goes to California

A partnership between Therapy Focus and AchieveKids in California has seen staff from both organisations

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14 May 2019

Play, screen time and sleep for 0-5 year-olds

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released its recommended guidelines for play, screen time and

4 May 2019

Mealtime tips for children with autism

Mealtimes can be challenging for parents of children with autism Therapy Focus Dietitian, Maddie Todd, has

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20 April 2019

How is autism diagnosed?

Approximately one in every 88 people has autism, but how is it diagnosed Therapy Focus Speech Pathologist

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29 March 2019

Andrew joins the celebration

Josephine Chong could not be prouder of her son Andrew, who recently stepped outside his comfort zone to

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28 March 2019

What are interaction skills and why are they so important?

Communication is so much more than just using words While children start to use their first words around 12

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25 January 2019

FAQ: School Transitions and beyond

Change can be daunting, especially for children with disability undertaking key life transitions such as

therapist laughs with young girl
28 November 2018

Language development myths

When it comes to language development, there is a lot of information around! There are also some common

therapist and boy do key word sign
10 October 2018

The benefits of Key Word Sign

Key Word Sign, formerly known as Makaton, is a simplified form of manual signing and a highly effective form

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1 October 2018

Dietetics and the NDIS

At Therapy Focus, our team of experienced dietitians work closely with other allied health therapists to help

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23 August 2018

How to support someone with communication difficulties

Communication is a basic human right and a crucial part of learning and development - but it’s also

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30 July 2018

What is Social Thinking?

Social Thinking is the ability to understand that we each have thoughts and feelings that may be the same or

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17 July 2018

Preparing for your first NDIS meeting

Getting ready for your first National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) planning meeting can be daunting and

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26 June 2018

Funding options for continence aids

Our specialist continence team, PEBBLES, often hear the question; ‘what funding is available for continence

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13 June 2018

Taboo topics with a Continence Clinician

Of all the topics to talk about, poo and wee may not be top of the list But for Therapy Focus’ PEBBLES

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8 June 2018

Incontinence myths busted

There are many misconceptions and myths surrounding incontinence To help people better understand some of the

a boy sitting with two therapists
25 May 2018

Tackling picky or fussy eating

Sometimes mealtimes can be the most stressful part of a parent’s day Especially for a parent of a child

boy in wheelchair
19 March 2018

The story of my wheelchair

"Hi, I’m Harrison I am 13 years old and I’ve just got a new wheelchair It’s super comfy, helps me sit

boy outside with therapist
19 February 2018

Top tips for early intervention

For a child with developmental delay or disability, early intervention is fundamental to growing potential

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15 January 2018

Five tips for choosing the best school shoes

With children wearing their school shoes around 35 hours a week or around 1500 hours a year, choosing the

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13 October 2017

How your child’s vision affects their movement

It is very difficult to get along in a world where you can’t tell where you are, where other people are,

26 May 2017

The power of a Key Worker

At Therapy Focus we use what’s called a ‘Key Worker model’ Speech Pathologist Tania Muscat explains

Step-Free Route Sign
7 April 2017

Study Options After School

There are many ways that people with disabilities can continue to learn after high school, whether the goal

two therapists reading books with children
2 February 2017

Central Auditory Processing Disorder

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

little boy tries food
13 December 2016

Mealtimes can be sense-ational

An approach called ‘Sense-ational Mealtimes’ developed by Gillian Griffiths and Denise Stapleton is

man laughs with younger man
9 November 2016

The importance of social inclusion

Social inclusion is an important part of feeling happy and healthy, growing stronger and becoming the person

girl plays with doll
19 July 2016

The benefits of imaginative play

Kids play make-believe because it’s fun, but did you know it that imaginative play is also a vital

boy plays in a large piece of cloth
24 March 2016

The importance of play for children with autism

Early intervention is key when supporting a person with autism and evidence proves that supporting a child

boy riding bike
16 December 2015

Take it outside! The benefits of outdoor play

Playgrounds are more than just a place to have fun; they also provide a great opportunity for your child to

therapist shows toy to baby
27 November 2015

The importance of attention skills

“He just won’t pay attention” “If only she could focus better” These are both things we often hear

boy using AAC
20 October 2015

What is AAC?

AAC is a term used a lot by our therapists and it can often leave parents wondering just what it means The

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22 September 2015

Shoelace tying tips

A common question many parents ask is: “at what age their child should be tying their own shoelaces” The

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