FUSSY EATERS WORKSHOP

If you dread mealtimes and are open minded to making changes to the way you and your child engages with food…… then this is the workshop you need. This workshop focuses on some of the common reasons why children become rigid and restricted in their eating and how to help them explore new foods in a safe way.

  • Do you have a child who only eats certain things and refuses to try new foods?
  • Do you ever say “why do mealtimes always end up in war”
  • Do mealtimes feel like a disaster zone?
  • Do you feel out of control when it comes to trying to feed your child?
  • Does your child have a restricted diet – wanting to eat the same foods, the same way, over and over?
  • Does your child refuse to try new foods?
  • Do they gag when trying new foods or even looking at new foods?

The workshop will assist families to:

  • Have a greater understanding of the steps and skills involved in eating – it’s a complex task.
  • Know how to best prepare your child for eating – routine, sensory, oral motor, postural activities.
  • Debunk some myths around eating
  • Prevent food jags and move on from preferred foods.
  • Forget manners, get messy and learn to play with food.

This workshop is non-judgemental and fun, leaving you armed with tools to start implementing in your family home straight away. Workshops will be run by Bec Penfold – Senior Occupational Therapist.

LET’S TALK TOILET TRAINING

This workshop is an introduction to toilet training. It addresses preparation for toilet training, toilet training methods, monitoring progress and managing early difficulties. This workshop has been developed for children with special needs or those who may be delayed in their development.

Topics to be covered include

  • Introduction to toilet training
  • Stages of development
  • Signs of readiness Preparation for toilet training
  • Toilet training methods
  • Introducing the potty or toilet
  • Planning a toilet training approach
  • Use of communication approaches
  • Managing wetting and soiling accidents
  • Progress with toilet training
  • Monitoring progress
  • Phasing out support
  • Approaches with specific toilet training problems

This workshop is non- judgemental and fun, leaving you armed with tools to start implementing in your family home straight away. Workshops will be run by Bec Penfold – Senior Occupational Therapist.

POSITIVE SLEEP PRACTICES

Adequate sleep is essential for all children's health and development. Children with developmental delay experience additional challenges in their daily lives when their sleep is disturbed. Parents and carers may experience emotional and physical stress as a result of their child's sleep disturbed nights. 

Our workshop is based on the "Sleepwise Program" and helps families understand how sleep impacts on behaviour, function and relationships. It will assist you to develop routines and strategies that can be implemented at home to provide more positive sleep practices for the whole family. It is generally targeted for children who are of toddler age or older.

The workshop will focus on the following areas

  • Types of sleep.
  • How much sleep do children need
  • Positive & safe sleep practices
  • Types of sleep disturbance
  • Bedtime routines
  • Ways to reduce sleep disturbance
  • Sensory approach
  • Behavioural approach
  • Communication approach
  • Developing a sleep plan and monitoring progress

Workshops are presented by Bec Penfold -Senior Occupational Therapist

SCHOOL READINESS WORKSHOP

Transitioning to school is such an important time and is one of the biggest milestones for children and families.

While many people think of academics (e.g. writing their name, counting to 10, knowing the colours) as the most important part of school readiness there is so much more that you can be doing to make the transition to school next year as successful as possible.

In addition to some academic basics, school readiness skills also include self care (independent toileting and opening lunch boxes), attention and concentration, physical skills (e.g. having the endurance to sit upright for an entire school day), emotional regulation, language skills and play and social skills – all of which will be covered in Bec’s 2 hour School Readiness Workshop.

This workshop is popular for parents and early childhood educators and is run by Bec Penfold – Senior Occupational Therapist.

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