OT for Kids NT has moved to 5/6 Woodlake Boulevard, Durack. We are contactable on 0429 935 391 whilst all our services are being transitioned.

Why weight?

Ever noticed how good your body feels after a day of digging in the garden? Or how you feel more comfortable on the lounge with a cushion on your lap? Or how your kids just need to run, jump and climb? These activities all have something in common. They all push and pull on our muscles and joints, and provide our body with deep pressure and feedback about where we are and what we are doing. Children or adults with sensory processing Read More »

What do you believe? The view from 300 km/hr

So, here I am on the Shinkansen, the bullet train riding from Tokyo to Kyoto, after navigating the Tokyo railway with not one, but two suitcases, two carry bags, and the lunch we have just bought from three different shops at the train station. And yes, people jam on these trains like sardines. In fact, during peak hour, there are dedicated ‘train pushers’. People who are employed to literally push people into the carriages so the doors can close. I am very Read More »

Connection and Regulation = CO-Regulation

This time its all about regulation. And more specifically, Self-regulation and CO-regulation. So much is written about regulation, but what exactly is it? Self – Regulation is our ability to manage our own internal states, and is based on our ability to process the world around us. All sensations have an emotional response, and when our sensations are over or under stimulated, this impacts our level of alertness, emotions, and ability to manage our own reactions and behaviours. There are many ways Read More »

Chickpea and Mango chicken balls

These Chickpea & Mango Chicken Balls are sweet with a mild curry flavour – they’re absolutely delicious!   Ingredients-  400g Can of Chickpeas (drained, rinsed & roughly chopped) 500g Chicken Mince 1 small Carrot (grated with excess moisture squeezed out) 1 small Zucchini (grated with excess moisture squeezed out) 2 heaped tablespoons of Mango Chutney 2 spring onions (finely chopped) 2 teaspoons of Curry Powder Spray Olive Oil Extra Mango Chutney to glaze and also serve as a dip on the side . Throw everything Read More »

Friday Fun!

Laser Beam Obstacle Course                 What you will need: Ball of wool or streamers Masking tape or blue tac Walls, trees or chairs (to stick the wool/streamers on). A surprise/treasure at the end of the course – May be an edible treat or a toy.   Setting up: First prepare small balls of blue tac or small strips of tape. You may like to ask the kids to help you to prepare these materials this Read More »

Sensational Sleep

Sleep. A vital function. A daily occupation which is often under appreciated until we are deprived of it. Sleep has a number of roles within our bodies, including the development of new neutral connections, repair of body tissues, regulation of hormones, stress and emotions. Children aged 3  to 5 years typically sleep 11-13 hours each night and most do not nap after five years of age. Difficulty falling asleep and waking up during the night are common. With further development of imagination, Read More »

My most frequently asked question… and a new look at health

“So, what is happening to our Kids? Are there more kids around with difficulties or are we just noticing it more?” This question (okay, two questions) is something I hear almost every time I talk about OT for Kids NT and the awesome families we get to spend our day with. And I have to wonder, what IS happening to our kids? But not only our kids – our fellow mankind?! With rates of cancer, heart disease, developmental disabilities and ill health Read More »

The language of love

Christmas, the festive season.. A time for celebration, love, time together, holidays, delicious delights and of course – PRESENTS! Although I wonder, it is all about presents? Or is it really about Presence.… togetherness, time, being and doing. Ever wondered why kids can have the best toy from the shop and be more interested in the box? Or why some people may not show the gratitude you may expect? Why some people love to give more than receive? Or why some people Read More »

Peanut, Raspberry & Banana Popsicles!

Looking for a delicious treat for the whole family? Give these little gems a try this weekend..   4 large Bananas (peeled, chopped and frozen) 3-4 Tbsp almond milk 2 Tbsp Smooth Peanut Spread (try Mayver’s or Macro brands) 1 Cup raspberries (pre-blitz in the food processor) 1 Tbsp Peanut Spread (extra for swirling)   1. Add 4 frozen banans and almond milk to a food processor and process until smooth. 2. Add the 2 Tablespoons peanut spread and process until smooth Read More »