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Featuring articles from our principal Occupational Therapist, Dr Nicole Grant.  

Healthy Home Office Habits

If you work from home, chances are you have or will experience musculoskeletal pain.


Remember back in the 80's there was an epidemic of RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)? You may at least, have heard of the term. The sudden increase in RSI cases coincided with the increased number of computers being used by office workers.

Following this, workplaces began to focus more on strategies to prevent the onset of injury related to constant computer use. Most workplaces now have training or other methods of ensuring their workers are aware of safe work practices and ergonomic principles. Unfortunately, most of us employ these principles at work, and then forget all about them at home!

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Nicole Grant
10 ways to help your child to sit still

I often wish I could bottle the energy the children in my life seem to have in abundance. They don’t walk, they bounce. They don’t sit, they wriggle. Boundless energy, which is wonderful really. Except when you need them to stay still.

Most kids struggle to sit in one position. From the time they can first hold their little bodies’ upright, sitting still is hard work.

Being an active child is brilliant and should be encouraged, however sometimes sitting is necessary. Kids need to sit still at meal times, to get their hair cut, when at the dentist, in church, and one of the most challenging scenarios – at school.

It’s important for children to learn to sit still. Some activities are best undertaken in this position. It’s also good manners, and socially appropriate in many situations.

Here are a few tips and tricks to help your child to sit still:

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Nicole Grant
Therapy at Home: Play Baking

Let’s do science!” says my 6-year-old Preppie, who had been recently introduced to this subject area at school. I kind of groaned. After a messy morning, which included sandy feet from a trip to the beachside park, a putty incident, and toast, I was not keen for water play or much else that involved possible explosions, overflows, or general muck.

Then I came up with this idea. “Let’s bake a cake”, I said, thinking that I could at least control the amount of mess to be made. “But you can do ALL the cooking. I’ll give you the ingredients, and you can make the mixture”. The kids and I often bake, but it’s very well supervised and always to a specific recipe. I felt confident that they now (at 4 and 6) understood the concept of baking, and that they would be able to throw something together that resembled cake mix. The kids were amazed at the suggestion, and I received wide-eyed stares and gasps - “really??”

Here’s what we did:

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Nicole Grant