Changes to services offered

We wish to inform our clients and other service professionals that we are no longer offering mobile services in Brisbane. Many of you are aware that Taryn is currently on maternity leave and unavailable for services at this time. When she returns she will be providing clinic room services once again.

We are also saying goodbye to Susan Thiesfield who has completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology and will be specialising in adults in a clinic room setting. Susan has been a valuable member of our team and we are sad to say goodbye to her.

Sharon is still available for limited private consultations via web link, and for professional supervision. Sharon is currently working across the western corridor of Queensland, making it difficult to see clients on an ongoing basis.

Please watch this space – we will update you when Taryn is available once more.

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Is handwriting important?

An article published in the NY Times last year suggests that it is very important for brain development (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/science/whats-lost-as-handwriting-fades.html?_r=0), with freehand and cursive writing being found to have the strongest links to brain growth and learning.

Unfortunately for many children, handwriting is not only challenging but it causes significant difficulty when compared to same age peers. For example, research that compared learning, attention, graphomotor, and processing speed scores for children with normal intelligence found that typically developing children outperformed children with ADHD, ASD, depression, anxiety and OCD. When just comparing these children to children with an ADHD the differences were significant across all four areas. When compared to children with a diagnosis of an ASD, the differences were significant across all areas except for learning.

For this reason, handwriting interventions can be an important part of supporting children with these difficulties. If your child has these difficulties engaging the services of an Occupational Therapist would be an important part of your child’s support plan.

 

References
Mayes & Calhoun (2007). Learning, Attention, Writing, and Processing Speed in Typical Children and Children with ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, and Oppositional-Defiant Disorder. Child Neuropsychology, 13(6). DOI: 10.1080/09297040601112773.

 

 

Welcome to Taryn

Connections Psychology is very excited to welcome Dr Taryn Walters to our practice. Taryn has recently returned from maternity leave and will commence with us in a part-time capacity. Watch this space for Taryn’s first post.

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Dr Taryn Walters

Welcome!

Welcome to the Connections Psychology blog. This will be a space where I will discuss the things that are important to my clients, or share knowledge that I have found interesting or believe would be helpful to you. To start things on a more positive note I thought I would share my thoughts about the word “gratitude.” This is a word that I have seen being passed around by many but not often understood. Read More »