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March

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2017 by Christine Siddle - 0 comments

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18
June

BOOK APPOINTMENTS ONLINE

2016 by Christine Siddle - 4 comments

Exciting news! As we continue to strive towards a family-friendly practice, we can now offer you the opportunity to book appointments for your child online at your own convenience. Just click on the following link: BOOK ONLINE. It couldn’t be easier! Of course we are more than happy to speak with you in person as well to see whether Occupational Therapy input is the right fit for your child.

16
February

CLIENT-FOCUSED and SKILLS SPECIFIC

2016 by Christine Siddle - 0 comments

What does this actually mean? Well, it means that we work closely with the student, the parent / carer and the student’s teacher to identify and work on goals that are relevant for them. Research tells us that the more relevant the goal is for the client, and the closer it is to the actual skill being worked on (task specific), the greater chance the student has in achieving that goal. So, if you are concerned about your child’s attention skills as an example, that is what we will look at and work on and is what our ‘brainstorming’ assessments have been designed for. In essence, we change the assessment and treatment to match the child’s strongest areas of need which results in faster progress and higher success rates. Just ask us about our brainstorming assessments as an initial starting point.

02
February

WHAT IS A BRAINSTORMING ASSESSMENT?

2016 by Christine Siddle - 0 comments

A brainstorming assessment is ideal for your child / student if you are uncertain as to whether Occupational Therapy Intervention is required or not, or if you don’t require use of standardised assessments as would be required for a funding assessment. If intervention is required, we can then discuss appropriate intervention strategies and just how much therapy would ideally be required. At Kid-Eze Therapy Services we generally provide shorter term intensive therapy blocks with an emphasis on your child / student acquiring the skills they need to participate at home, school and in the wider community with greater success and confidence. A brainstorming assessment only takes about an hour, and both verbal and written feedback is provided as part of the service. The report is generally completed within 1-2 weeks, so it is also very quick. We cover many different types of skills such as social skills, spelling, reading, handwriting (putting pen to paper and coming up with ideas), playground skills, and tabletop skills such as cutting, drawing and colouring. Please contact us for further information.

29
October

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY WEEK 25-31 OCTOBER

2015 by Christine Siddle - 0 comments

I was recently sent the following email by a previous client’s mother which tugged on my heart strings and brightened up my whole day. It essentially sums up quite nicely how Occupational Therapy can make a difference in someone’s life.
“Hi Christine, Just saw a Facebook Post celebrating OT. Our family often say how thankful we are to have had your professional and caring assistance at the time we most needed it. My Daughter is almost 16 now. She always looked forward to her visits to you which at the time was an achievement in itself. She is now in year 9. She has travelled to China as part of the school program . Has nearly completed her Duke of Edinborough badge. She has been an active St John ambulance cadet for 6 years. She already runs her own part time pony ride business and enjoys competing her horse.  At the time we came to you I didn’t know if she would ever be able to cope with mainstream schooling. She now thrives in it. Just thought I’d let you know that although it is now many years ago we are always grateful. This has been used with permission from the author and any personal information was deleted to ensure confidentiality.

14
May

GOING PAPER FREE

2015 by Christine Siddle - 0 comments

At the end of this term we will be transitioning to a new practice management system called Power Diary which will enable us to book in appointments from anywhere at anytime and will also send out automatic reminders to our clients, to name just a couple of features. We are also planning on going paper free by the end of this term, so we have been busy scanning in documents from our client files and storing them electronically. We will also endeavour to send any correspondence to clients via email rather than post, provided that is okay with our clients. But rest assured, means have been taken to ensure client confidentiality and to protect our data.

24
March

WE NOW HAVE HICAPS

2015 by Christine Siddle - 0 comments

Our clients are now able to claim private health fund and medicare rebates on the spot through our HICAPS facility. This means our clients will only need to pay the outstanding amount at the time of the appointment. FAHSCIA and BETTER START clients are also able to use their private health fund to pay for sessions, and then we just bill the ‘gap’ amount to FAHSCIA and BETTER START. This means that your early intervention funding will last longer, and is especially good for those who have been diagnosed early. Any queries please visit the website www.hicaps.com.au. Alternatively please contact us.

23
September

18 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US

2014 by Christine Siddle - 0 comments

1. Christine has over 22 years experience in paediatric Occupational Therapy and she is the only therapist working at our clinic.

2. Christine has worked and trained in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the USA, and has worked in a variety of settings including the Department of Education (Qld), rural and remote areas, community and child health centres, hospitals, early intervention programs, schools (primary and secondary), and preschools (to name a few).

3. Christine has worked with children of all ages from birth to 18 years so has developed a very good understanding of child development. She has also worked with a variety of diagnoses including Autism, Aspergers, Downs Syndrome, Fragile X, Cerebral Palsy, development delays, learning disabilities, intellectual disability, muscular dystrophy, selective mutism, arthrogryposis and many more. She also has treated children at the clinic from as far away as Alexandra and Mansfield, and even had a child visit from Darwin.

4. Christine has a child with special needs (cerebral palsy) so can appreciate how much disability can impact on family life.

6. Christine is married with 2 children, who are 11 and 9 respectively; is the school PFA president, and also the major fundraise organiser for a community charity event that is run annually. So she fully comprehends the time constraints placed on a busy family. Consequently, she provides more family friendly strategies that are easy to incorporate into everyday tasks. We also know that skills based tasks are more effective than exercise based programs, and the research also supports this as well.

7. Our clinic is situated in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges and is within walking distance from a fantastic vet, deli, bakery, toy and gift store. Our clinic also has lots of accessible parking as well.

8. We are community minded. As a business we support a small local school (Sassafras Primary) and an animal charity (Living Legends) as part of a community charity fundraising event that is run annually.

9. Christine has developed a fine motor program that incorporates many of the proven strategies that are used in the clinic. This can be purchased by schools to implement in small groups or as part of the classroom curriculum.

10. We endeavour to keep up to date with the latest technology and apps, and incorporate these seamlessly into our intervention sessions to benefit both clients and their families.

11. Christine is registered with medicare, and is a Better Start and FaHSCIA provider. She is also affiliated with many other private health funds as well.

12. Christine has authored a childrens picture book and has written one non-fiction and 3 fictional stories. Her passion is creative writing which is just one area she can address with your child.

13. We offer brainstorming assessments if you are uncertain as to whether Occupational Therapy Intervention is required or not. If intervention is required, we can then discuss appropriate intervention strategies and just how much therapy would ideally be required.

14. Our treatment goals focus on what you want your child to be better at, and we also involve the student (if old enough), and the teacher, to ensure that the goals are more likely to be achieved. We also help your child to generalise their skills to home, school and the wider community.

15. Christine have a very good understanding of the funding requirements required for preschool and primary school; having experienced this first hand with her son when he transitioned to kinder and to primary school. She is also frequently required to write supporting documentation for VCE special consideration, especially if use of a laptop / alternative writing medium is required.

16. She is THRASS and Sensory Integration trained and regularly incorporates these approaches into her intervention when required in effective and family-friendly ways.

17. We closely liaise with other allied health practitioners, GP’s, paediatricians, teachers, social workers, optometrists, and we receive many referrals from them as well. Christine has even had the opportunity of treating some of their children.

18. Our clinic hosts an amazing engineered designed swing frame, where we can attach our different swings in various exciting ways to get your child ready for the tabletop tasks and often the more challenging part of the therapy session. We even have a Wii and various games to practice various gross motor skills in a fun and engaging way.

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March

CLASSROOM VISIT

2014 by Christine Siddle - 1 comment

I visited a Primary School to talk to the students about what an Occupational Therapist does. This is what some of the students wrote about my visit:
She had lots of scissors. We learnt some people need right handed ones and some need left. We also learnt that there are always scissors for different problems. By Clea and Hayley.
Christine taught us how we naturally colour in. She told us that when we coloured in an edge we would normally turn the piece of paper around so we would still be colouring in straight on the paper and when we started getting in the middle of the picture you are colouring you go side to side. By Mila and Tempest.
Christine talked about holding our pen and she showed us lots of different ways to hold the pen. She had a whole kit of pens and stuff that can help us do better writing. It was fun. Taye and Jordan.
Today we learnt about finger actions like what you’re meant to us: fingers not your hand. There are lots of different actions and they are all really basic. There is push and pull, clockwise and anticlockwise. There are so many strategies and it’s really easy. By Jakob and Alyssa.
Christine came to talk about her job. She helps kids do things like writing, cutting and all other sorts of things. By Fin.
Christine showed us the equipment that she uses in her job, like vibrating pencils, different types of pencil grips and special scissors. She gives kids things like light-up pens for students to keep their focus. She gives them tests to see how fast they write and how neat they can write. Sometimes she needs to give them a pencil grip. By Taya.
Christine Siddle talked to us about pencil grips. There are lots of them. There’s prickly, soft animals and most of them are awesome. She helps kids a lot. Pencil grips help you. By Lachie.

26
February

USE OF AN IPAD TO SUPPORT STUDENTS STRUGGLING WITH LITERACY

2014 by Christine Siddle - 1213 comments

The iPad is a wonderful tool that can allow students who are struggling with literacy to reach their full potential. Christine Siddle (paediatric Occupational Therapist) recently attended a one day workshop covering just this topic; looking at various apps which may help to support secondary school students with reading, writing, and organisational skills. Many of these apps would also be suitable for middle to upper primary school years. Christine also combines the technology with other sensory and thinking based strategies, such as THRASS, to help improve students to break down and decode words more effectively when spelling / reading / writing. She also has over 22 years of experience in helping students in primary and secodary school level to improve fine motor skills, particularly in relation to handwriting. Please call us if you are interested in helping your school aged child to improve their literacy and handwriting skills, because we will endeavour to do it in an innovative and engaging way.

05
February

IPADS & APPS TO HELP CHILDREN REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL

2014 by Christine Siddle - 145 comments

The iPad is a continual changing device with its many updates, but can be very effective in helping children reach their full potential for learning in the classroom. Christine Siddle continues to keep abreast of the latest apps and iPad updates, and frequently integrates this into her treatment sessions to ensure that the student is engaged in the learning process, but also experiences success in areas they are struggling with. At the end of last year, she attended a workshop about the latest iPad apps to help promote more positive social, communication and academic skills of primary school aged students. This meant exploring a number of video and photo apps useful in creating social stories, among other things. On Monday 24th February, she will be attending an iPad workshop specific to secondary school students; looking at apps to foster learning / academics. Christine also has a child with a physical disability who attends a mainstream school, so has also had personal experience at implementing these strategies in a practical way both at home and at school. Please contact us if you are interested in booking in for either a brainstorming, a skills based, or a more comprehensive assessment. We currently have times available for this term, but they do book out quickly, so please contact us as soon as possible to ensure we can accommodate your preferred day and time.

06
June

JUST THE WRITE HANDS FINE MOTOR PROGRAM - NEW IN 2013

2013 by Christine Siddle - 98 comments

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“Just The Write Hands” Fine Motor Program was designed for all primary school aged students to develop better precision and control when manipulating fine motor tools; improved confidence and success with tabletop skills such as drawing, colouring, cutting and pasting; improved confidence to form the lowercase letters correctly and automatically across all writing tasks, improved writing legibility & functional pencil grip.
FORMAT OF THE PROGRAM
The format of the group has been designed around 6 x 1 hour sessions, and ideally, for about 4- 6 students per group. It is felt that more individualised instruction can be provided for those students who are struggling with their fine motor skills if done in a small group environment. However, you can readily adapt any of the activities to accommodate more students, if necessary, or you can implement many of the user-friendly strategies within a larger group setting, such as the classroom. It may even be used for individual students.
STUDENT EVALUATION
An evaluation booklet for the students has been designed to be implemented prior to, and at the completion of the group. This booklet also asks the student what they think about their own colouring, writing, cutting skills etc. in order to provide greater insight about the student’s awareness of their fine motor abilities.
STRUCTURE OF THE SESSIONS
Each session is divided into 3 main categories:
HAND SKILLS
The first part of the session focuses on various ‘hand skills’ as part of an exciting, novel game and / or warm-up. Playing various fine motor games are a fun and motivating way to practice essential hand skills so students can move fingers / hands more smoothly and with greater control and accuracy in whatever they choose to do. Many researchers have identified this skill as a contributing factor to precise and rapid manipulation of a writing tool for efficiency in handwriting. There also seems to be a strong relationship between in-hand manipulation skills and colouring accuracy.
VISUAL AND FINE MOTOR SKILLS
The second part of the session focuses on important tabletop skills that are needed for everyday school-related tasks, and includes cutting, drawing, and colouring. Each task has been carefully analysed, and after many years of practice from a clinical and school basis, has been designed to help provide the students with the best chance of putting these strategies into everyday practice in other situations as well, which ensures the best learning of the strategies. The strategies are also very simple and easy to remember and use.
HANDWRITING (LETTER FORMATION)
Despite the increasing use of computers in schools, handwriting remains a very important skill for recording information, expressing one’s thoughts on paper and communicating ideas to others. Also, regular assessment is based on handwritten work. By the time a student reaches the final years of primary school, they should be able to produce legible, fluent handwriting that they can employ flexibly in different situations. When the mechanics of handwriting become automatic, the student can better focus on writing content and composition. Hand skills and visual and fine motor skills are important foundation skills, but students also need to have the confidence to form letters correctly and automatically, without having to stop and think about how each letter is formed. That is why this program focuses more specifically on letter formation.
COST OF PROGRAM & WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?
The entire program costs $650 and includes the following: Teacher’s manual, parent information handouts, student evaluation / screening booklets, all the games / activities mentioned in the program, drawing workbook, handouts, letter formation worksheets (for the group), letter formation worksheets (for homework), pencil grips, specialized scissors, and novelty pens / pencils. The only thing you have to provide is ‘blank paper’.

FINALLY…Christine Siddle has been a paediatric occupational therapist for about 20 years now, and has worked on these areas with many different children; some with a diagnosis, but many without. She has worked in different educational settings both here and abroad. She has tried many different strategies, until finally discovering these strategies which have proven to be very effective. Christine has used a similar group format in various local schools, and has also used them at our clinic on an individual basis, to great effect. This program is specifically designed for other therapists, integration aides and teachers to administer, but can also be used by parents as well.

Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing this program.

05
March

SCHOOL & HOME VISITS

2013 by Christine Siddle - 319 comments

Due to the increased demand on our services, we are no longer able to provide school based therapy intervention. However, we will continue to liaise with school teachers, integration aides and other professionals working with your child to ensure we are all working towards meeting the needs of your child. Please note, we still do provide handwriting and fine motor groups at schools on request, but we do require as much notice as possible.

05
March

NEW HOURS FOR 2013

2013 by Christine Siddle - 58 comments

Please note the change of hours for this year. The clinic remains open Mondays to Thursdays 9am to 5pm. However, we are closed on Fridays.

11
September

TECHNOLOGY UPDATE

2012 by Christine Siddle - 531 comments

SPECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Christine Siddle attended this 3 day conference on the Gold Coast earlier this year in order to keep abreast of the ever changing technologies. This is just a little of what she learnt:

iPad: We use this innovative tool to help improve organisational skills, reading, maths, spelling and writing skills (to name a few). There are so many apps out there and we are constantly updating our knowledge about the appropriate apps that can be used with our clients to help complement our therapy approaches.

Word Prediction Software Programs: Christine attended a number of ‘hands on’ labs and lectures to gain a better understanding about the various word prediction software programs that are available. As a result, we have purchased WordQ. This is a simple but brilliant writing solution that improves with you, regardless of your age or writing ability. It makes smart word suggestions with every letter you type, and you can also use different vocabularies to match varying student’s needs. You can see and hear examples for similar sounding words or select from words with the same meaning. A high quality voice speaks everything you type so you can hear any spelling or grammar issues that you may not see, and listen to proofread your work. As well as predicting words, it also reads the information to you. In addition, wherever you can highlight text, WordQ will read it back to you. It’s also very simple to use, and you can add words to the prediction vocabulary as well. This program is ideally suited for students in primary and secondary school, and we would be more than happy to trial it with your student to assess suitability. Just ask us!

Digital Talking Books: There are a number of apps on the Apple store that enables students to create digital talking books on the iPad. You can then send them to iBooks, send them to your friends, or submit them to the iBookstore. Book Creator App is ideal for children’s picture books, photo books, art books, cook books, social stories, and the list goes on. Creative Book Builder enables everyone to create, edit and publish ebooks in a few minutes on the go as well. All published ebooks can be read by any ePub reader including iBooks. This is more ideal for textbooks or for large volume writing where you can create an unlimited number of chapters. Christine also gained a better understanding of the features of iBooks to assist struggling readers.

Proloquo2Go Version 2.0! Our therapists currently use this communication app for many different students, in various ways. But we love the updated version, because it introduces two new, research-based vocabularies: Basic Communication and Core Words. According to the designers, an analysis of commonly used sentences has shown that the Core Words vocabulary reduces the number of steps to build a sentence by more than 30%, when compared to previous versions of Proloquo2Go. It also offers lots of other new features including the ability to change the appearance of individual page or button; you can hide and dim buttons that you aren’t currently using; you can create different pages with different grids; you can add paging buttons for those who cannot swipe; and it also offers multiuser support, making it significantly easier for therapists and teachers to support multiple users on the one device. There are also new voices that can be downloaded, including an Australian male voice. We have been using this with many of our clients with great success!

Digital Pens: The Livescribe Pulse Digital Smartpen records your notes in two ways: it creates digital copies of everything you write by hand while recording audio at the same time. It also goes one step further and links the two together, so you can quickly access audio by tapping parts of your notes. All of this is uploaded to your computer where the Livescribe software archives and makes your notes fully searchable. In addition, it offers features like a calculator, translator, and a paper piano that plays a mini piano you draw on paper. We have purchased one of these for our clinic and will be looking at innovative ways to incorporate into our therapy sessions.

Wii Games: Although not mentioned at the technology conference, we have begun using this to help improve student’s gross motor skills in a novel and exciting way.  Learning while having fun is an integral approach of our therapy sessions.