Weekly Read

Why are Social Stories Important?

Social stories are made to support children with difficulties in social understanding, within various novel or challenging situations. The text which is carefully calibrated, targeted to guide the child/adult through the steps or rules of the topic. Using social stories, we can pass information in a literal ‘concrete’ way, which improves a person’s understanding of a previously challenging or ambiguous situation or activity.

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How Should We Praise Young Children?

Praise is a great way to boost children’s self esteem. ‘Good boy/girl!’ is a common everyday praise we use and we sometimes do it without even noticing. However, research indicates that different forms of praise have different effects of children.

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The Importance of Sensory Play

Children learn about their environment and the wider world via touching, tasting, smelling, seeing and hearing. Suzanne Gainsley (Early Childhood Specialist) summarises sensory play as ‘food for the brain’, whereby the stimulated senses send signals to the children’s brains.

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Stress

How to be a More Patient Parent

We all lose our patience, this is even more so true for parents as kids battle against the rules and develop their own identities.  Learn to develop patience with these tips.

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mom-863052_1920 Are My Words Confusing? How To Use Effective Speech

Learn new ways to promote and develop your child’s speech.

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 Tips for Encouraging Your Child to Be More Imaginative and Creative

Discover new ways you can encourage your child to be more creative and imaginative, whether at home or outside!

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Siblings

Tips on How to Explain Dyslexia to your Child’s Siblings 

Many of us take for granted what it might feel like to have a sibling with dyslexia.  Often all the attention goes to the child with dyslexia which can make siblings feel misunderstood, helpless and lead to feelings of resentment.  In this article, we discuss a number of ways to support the sibling or siblings of a child with dyslexia.  It is important to cater to the social and emotional needs of all children.

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How Mindfulness Can Help You Regulate Your Life

Some of you may have heard about mindfulness and its many amazing benefits, including stress reduction, optimum relaxation and maybe even its contribution to supporting those experiencing depression.   Want to understand how mindfulness can help you?

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kids-playing-1253096_1920Recommended Apps for Kids

See the Building Blocks Therapy Centre’s recommendations for some of the most useful apps to support the academic, social, emotional and behavioural needs of your chid.  Through this article you can learn ways to ensure your child is safe online.

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Affordable Home Activities for Kids

At Building Blocks Therapy Centre, we love to be resourceful.  Need some go-to activities for kids during days at home?  Why not take a look at our list of affordable activities for kids, where you can find some of your favourite toyshops best kept secrets for keeping kids entertained.

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

A balanced diet is extremely important for both adults and children.  Take a look at our top 10 foods that will give brains a boost!

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Art and Soothing the Mind 

Art is a great way for adults to express themselves, develop skills, fuel creativity and switch off from the things that can consume us and get us down.

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Dyslexia

Tips on How to Explain Dyslexia to Your Child

Finding it hard to explain Dyslexia to your child? The first step is understanding it yourself.

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Why Mummy and Daddy Are Both Important in the Child’s Life

Ever wondered how important the father’s role is during parenthood?  Besides being the best ticklers and being able to lift you up higher than mum can, we take a look at the contributions dad makes and how these help the child overcome specific developmental milestones.

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The Top 5 'Do Nots' of Play The Top 5 ‘Do Nots’ of Play

Playing is how kids learn and by being a part of how they learn the parent-child bond becomes greater. At Building Blocks Therapy Centre we understand the significance of play, let us share with you some of our top tips

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dance and why it helps

Dance and Why it Helps

Dance is a form of physical activity that is sustainable because it is fun!

Check out our article to learn more!

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A Glimpse Inside an Autistic Mind – Part 1

“If you learn to speak my language, we will work much better together.”

This article allows you to enter the mind of an Autistic child.

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Child DrawingTop 5 Art Sessions at Building Blocks Therapy Centre

Our art session coordinator has been hard at work finding and developing new and exciting art activities for the little ones at Building Blocks Therapy Centre.  We’ve had the thumbs up from all of the children so far.  Take a look at her top 5 and let us know what you think.

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PrinceBuilding Blocks Therapy Centre’s Top 5 Tips for Getting a Therapy Pet

Thinking of getting a pet, but not sure how to go about it?  Take a look at our top 5 tips for getting a pet to support your child’s needs.  Developing a furry, feathered, shelled or even scaled friend can be hugely beneficial for children. You’ll be in awe as you watch your child develop new skills.  These furry partnerships are not to be entered into lightly, there are a number of things you need to consider before getting a pet.

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trapped child5 Things You Should Never Say to Your Child

We all struggle with parenting. Children may often push us to limits, where we find ourselves doing or saying things that we later think about and know may be unacceptable.

This article sums up 5 of the main things you should avoid saying to your child!

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Showing Your Child Unconditional Love

Unconditional love is when you love your child without any conditions. It is important to understand that love is something you do for someone else, it is not selfish, and it is not something you do for you. By loving your child, you are trying to increase their happiness, you are trying to show them how much you care about them, and you are trying to show them how valuable you know they are.

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