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Skills we support

We support children in the ares of: Motor Development, Everyday Living, Communication and Feeding, eating and drinking.

Motor Development

Skill Title Short definitiion
Head ControlMaintaining head in a midline position (in the middle) and the ability to move the head freely to look around the
environment.

RollingRolling is the ability to move into lying on one side.
CrawlingMoving forward using hands and knees.
SittingBeing able to sit independently without using hands for support.
Balance and CoordinationBalance is the ability to stay upright or stay in control of body movement. Coordination is the ability to perform smooth fluid, accurate and controlled movements.
WalkingWalking develops in three stages: standing, cruising and independent stepping.Standing is maintaining an upright posture on two feet without support.Cruising is side stepping while holding onto furniture.Walking is stepping one foot in front of the other for a minimum of 10 steps without any support.

Everyday Living

Skill TitleShort definition
DressingPutting clothes on and off including fastenings.
Head functionUsing fingers and hands in tasks.
SeatingThe ability to achieve and maintain good posture in a seated position, on a seat or the floor, such as when sitting at a desk or table.
Personal hygiene
Play

Communication

Skill TitleShort definition
Early CommunicationThis includes looking at you when you speak, turning towards noise, babbling, smiling and pointing to get your attention.

Attention & listeningThe ability to listen to and focus on people and activities.
Understanding Spoken
language
Understanding spoken information, instructions, meanings of words and grammar

Saying words & sentencesThe ability to use vocabulary appropriately, link words together to form sentences and use accurate grammar.
Speech soundsThe sounds that we make to form words.
Stammering Repeating and/or getting stuck on sounds and/or parts of words.
Social interactionWanting and knowing how to communicate with others.This can include being able to hold a conversation, using and interpreting eye contact, body language and facial expression.
VoiceThe quality of the voice for example how smooth and strong it is.

Feeding, eating and drinking

Skill TitleShort definition
Body PositioningSits in upright position (with support if needed) with head kept in the middle. Able to release hands to drink, eat and play.
Chewing and SwallowingChewing and swallowing food and drink in a safe effective way.
Using cuttleryUsing cuturally accepted tools, to safely and effectively transport food from a plate to the mouth.