Occupational Therapy Self Help Skills Sensory Integration

Teaching my child to drink from a Straw

8 tips from an Occupational Therapist Your child’s ability to eat, chew, swallow food, drink from a straw, lick an ice-cream or blow out his birthday cake candles are all considered oral motor skills. These start to develop in the womb and are matured early in childhood at around the age of 4. Throughout this […]

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Handwriting Readiness

When should my child start writing? Many children begin to draw and scribble on paper shortly after they are able to grasp a colour. By the time they are about four years, most children will have established hand dominance and show more interest in intentional writing patterns. Children develop writing skills at different rates, and […]

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Home work time

Tips to limit the homework struggles As an Occupational Therapist, I meet many parents and children who dread the time of that time of the day – HOMEWORK TIME. Parents want children to sit still and work, while the children want a break and play, play and play. This often results in a daily power […]

Occupational Therapy Sensory Integration

A word about the author

Ema Bartolo Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner LinkedIn: Ema received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Malta in 2009. She is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Maltese Council for the Professions Complementary to Medicine and has been working in the paediatric field for the past […]