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Our next group of Secret Agent Society cadets will be joining forces in August 2018 and the team at Melbourne Child Development are busy enrolling new recruits!

Join us on Wednesday May 30th 2018 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm for our obligation free information evening to learn more about this espionage themed program for social and emotional skill training for 8-12 year olds.

Come along and speak to the Speech Pathologists who facilitate the group, and understand how your child may benefit from strategies for managing strong emotions and upgrading their social skills toolbox.

Learn more about the program here or contact our team at reception to register your interest. RSVP's are essential.
Each school holidays Melbourne Child Development offers a variety of programs for children to engage with their peers and work on similar communication goals in a unique group environment with the specialised guidance of our Speech Pathologists. The groups are designed to be fun, while helping your child to improve their communication and develop important social interaction skills typical of everyday playground and classroom interactions. 

We are excited to announce four new social skills programs that we will be offering over the July school holidays:

Making Playmates
Suitable for preschool aged children (3-5 years old)
Dates: Monday 1st, Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th, & Friday 5th of July
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am (parent coaching each session: 10:30am - 11:00am)

Playing with Friends
Suitable for children aged 5-6 years old
Dates: Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th, & Friday 13th of July
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am (parent coaching each session: 10:30am - 11:00am)

Building Buddies
Suitable for children aged 7-8 years old
Dates: Monday 1st, Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th, & Friday 5th of July
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm (parent coaching each session: 2:30pm - 3:00pm)

Hanging Out
Suitable for children aged 9-11 years old
Dates: Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th, & Friday 13th of July
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm (parent coaching each session: 2:30pm - 3:00pm)

Click here for more information, or contact our team at reception to register your interest. Be quick, as places are limited!

 
In April of this year Georgie Stephen was presented with the Award for Clinical Excellence in Health from Torrens University. This award recognises one student from all the health disciplines for outstanding achievement in clinical practice, and was presented by Dr Justin Pierce. Go Georgie!

Georgie became a fully qualified Naturopath in 2018 and is now seeing families at Melbourne Child Development. To book an appointment, please contact our team at reception.
My child has been diagnosed with ASD; I have heard that ‘gut health’ and ASD may be related – is this true, and what can I do to support my child’s gut health?
 
In recent years, there has been growing interest in the relationship between gut health and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Children with ASD have been found to have significantly higher rates of digestive problems such as chronically altered bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea) or uncomfortable symptoms like excessive bloating, gas, or stomach cramps. They are also more likely to experience intolerances, allergies, or aversion to foods.
 
Any parent of a child with ASD will know that these problems, which signify poor gut health, unquestionably impact their child’s quality of life. Currently, researchers are focused on trying to understand whether gut health may play a role in more than just the occurrence of these digestive symptoms, looking closely at whether the relationship extends to the development and/or severity of ASD. 

Click
here to learn more about the relationship between gut health and ASD, or contact the team at reception and ask to speak to our Naturopath Georgie.
Recently our Principal Practitioner & Director Robyn Stephen had the opportunity* to hear Dr Nicole Highet** speak about her innovative work supporting mothers, fathers and partners through the emotional challenges that arise during pregnancy and birth through to baby’s first birthday. Despite the portrayal of bliss and joy in the media, growing and nurturing a baby can be a particularly stressful time for mothers and partners. COPE offers a free fortnightly email with information on the emotional realities and challenges of pregnancy and early motherhood. By providing baby’s due date, information relevant to each stage is provided to parents to support them through these often confusing and exhausting times. Share this resource with your friends and family. Click here to sign up, or visit the COPE website to browse for relevant information yourself. 

*Kew Perinatal Mental Health Professionals Network meeting
**Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Perinatal Excellence (COPE)

 
Word searches are alot of fun, but they are also a great way to practice speech therapy goals at home! Depending on how you use them, they can help to expand your child's vocabulary, or give your child an opportunity to practice their spelling, or prompt them to use sounds they may be having difficulty with. This is why our Speech Pathologists often encourage their clients to create their own.

It's easy to do!
First, have your child think of some words that they often use in therapy. For example, if they are working on the letter 's', you might include words such as 'sun', 'snake', and ''ship'. Or if they are working on expanding their animal vocabulary you might include words like 'owl', 'lama', and 'giraffe'. Your Speech Pathologist will be able to help you think of some appropriate words if you need some help.

Then, its as simple as finding a online website that lets you create your own word search.
There are a number of different websites you can use, but one of our favourites is Super Teacher Worksheets
 - it lets you print off the complete word search and a copy of where to find the answers. 


Please note: Melbourne Child Development is in no way affiliated with Super Teacher Worksheets and we did not receive any financial incentive to promote this resource (we just love using it!)
‘I am an Aspie Girl’
Written by Danuta Bulhak-Paterson, and illustrated by Teresa Ferguson

 
This book provides detailed information about some of the characteristics and experiences of females with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in a way that is clear, easy-to-read, engaging, interesting, and eye-catching for individuals of all ages. Females with ASD often present very differently from males with ASD. It is important to increase knowledge and awareness about these differences in order to accept and celebrate all individuals with these conditions.

This book was written by Clinical Psychologist Danuta Bulhak-Paterson and illustrated by Teresa Ferguson, a retired journalist who identified with the main character, Lizzie, and has ASD herself. The book also contains an afterword written by Tony Attwood, who is Clinical Psychologist known worldwide for his knowledge of Asperger’s Syndrome, as well as additional information for parents and professionals, and discussion points to explore with children.

As there is not a lot of information about females with ASD available to the public, we hope that this book is helpful for people wanting to learn more about females with ASD, as well as for females with ASD to better understand themselves. We loved it and are sure you will too!

Please ask the reception team at Melbourne Child Development if you would like to see a copy of 'I am an Aspie Girl'. Alternatively, this book can be purchased from all good bookstores.


Please note: Melbourne Child Development is in no way affiliated with the 'Book of the Month and we did not receive any financial incentive to promote it. 
For more information on any of the above programs or articles, please contact Natasha or Tara at reception on (03) 9890 1062 or via email at info@melbournechilddevelopment.com.au

Please visit our website for more information
 www.melbournechilddevelopment.com.au 
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