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Positive Aging Leadership Award!

On the 26th of September, 83 year old bestchance volunteer Val won the Positive Aging Leadership Award at the Sir John Monash Awards! Val has spent the past 30 years volunteering at bestchance in many different roles.  Val has given countless hours to create lasting change in the lives of children and their families. During […]

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social skills

Expected and Unexpected Behaviour

Every environment has a set of unwritten social rules that people expect to be followed such as talking when it is your turn, and respecting personal space. When people follow these social rules then they are considered to be doing what is expected. This leads others to have positive thoughts about that person, which then […]

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school readiness

School readiness group

School readiness is about so much more than reading and writing. It really is about the whole child, and their ability to participate in the daily activities of school life. In order to help children get ready for their new school life, we need to help them develop their social and emotional skills, physical skills, […]

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school readiness

What is school readiness?

‘School Readiness’ is a measure of the behaviours and skills a child needs in order to make a successful transition to participating in school life. When considering school transition, many people focus on the academics (e.g. writing, reading, counting, knowing the alphabet). However,  participation in learning environments is so much more than that – it’s […]

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What is an Occupational Therapist?

Some children have difficulties doing day-to-day activities because of physical, sensory, emotional, psychological or other developmental difficulties. Occupational Therapists promote health and wellbeing by supporting children to participate in their everyday activities. This includes self-care activities (e.g. toileting, dressing & eating), leisure and play activities (e.g. play skills, sport and gross motor skills, craft skills) […]

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speech pathologist

What is a Speech Pathologist?

A Speech Pathologist can help if your child needs help with speech, language or communication, or your child has problems swallowing food or drink. Specifically, they can help a child develop their: understanding of language (receptive language) ability to express themselves (expressive language) social use of language (pragmatics) articulation of different sounds ability to safely […]

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Why are scissor skills so important?

Learning to cut with scissors helps a child learn to do so much more than just cut! Check out the great skills it builds below. Builds hand strength – Opening and closing scissors helps children build up the small muscles in their hands. These muscles are important for everyday activities such as drawing, using cutlery, […]

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Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills involve using the small muscles in your hands, such as when drawing and writing, doing up buttons, opening lunch boxes or turning the pages in a book. Here’s some quick and easy ideas to help build your child’s fine motor skills at home: Play with playdoh in lots of different ways. Encourage […]

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