Children’s Chiropractic Centre Blog

“Help! My child won’t pay attention, sit still, focus and learn!”

Posted by Dr Amanda Watson on 21-Jul-2021 10:00:00

Attention is a complex brain skill that begins to develop from around 4 years old, and really establishes as a neural ability from around 6 years old.

It is a common phrase we hear from many parents and teachers alike that a child may have troubles sitting still, giving their attention and focusing!

In this blog we’ll explore why “paying attention” is no easy feat and what factors may affect your child’s ability (or inability) to pay attention, focus and potentially impact learning outcomes.

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Topics: Health, spine, School, Physical Development, Preschool Children

Why is your child's muscle tone important?

Posted by Dr Amanda Watson on 20-Jul-2021 12:46:10

Muscle tone is the continual resistance in a muscle and tone is something that is present in our muscles from birth and is an important aspect of development from the very start of life

 

Learn the reasons why your child's muscle tone is so important!


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Topics: Babies, children, Development, spine, Stretching, Teenagers, Injury Prevention, Physical Development, Preschool Children

3 Benefits On Why Your Child Should Play Barefoot

Posted by Dr Amanda Watson on 16-Nov-2020 16:44:42

The Benefits Of Playing Barefoot

Remember back in the day when you were playing outside barefoot as a child? Can you remember how it felt when you were connecting with the earth?

Do you remember the feeling of the sand submerging your feet, the tickling of the grass blades or the soft gooey mud squelching between your toes?

How did that make you feel...happy? calm? connected? If it did... you'd be happy to know there is lots of scientific evidence supporting this to be true! (A great reason to kick those shoes off).

Here are some benefits and tips to help you and your child get back to basics and go play barefoot or as they say 'earthing'. 

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Topics: parents, Australian Children's Chiropractic Centre, families, Toddlers, Physical Development, Preschool Children, barefoot

How often should I breastfeed my newborn baby?

Posted by Australian Children's Chiropractic Centre - Team on 14-Jul-2020 14:22:31

How often should I breastfeed my newborn?


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The frequency of feeds can be such a hot topic for new parents and can be quite stressful especially the first time round. New Mum's can become overwhelmed with all of the information, instructions and learning the crying cues from your in the first couple weeks of becoming a mother.

Meanwhile its not uncommon that your family, friends and even strangers will often add their (well meaning) but often not needed piece of advice on how often your newborn 'should' be feeding. The hard part about this is that getting different pieces of advise can often be conflicting to what you may have been told firstly leading to stress and anxiety on exactly how often your newborn should be feeding.

Here are some great tips and advise from our Feeding Your Newborn workshop host; Emma Maher (Midwife/Lactation Consultant) from Empowered Lactation with Emma on how often newborns breastfeed.

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Topics: Health, parents, Development, Mums, breastfeeding, Feeding your Newborn

How a well functioning sensorimotor system can help a child's brain development!

Posted by Dr Amanda Watson on 29-May-2020 13:12:00

How an organised, well functioning sensorimotor system helps prepare your child’s brain and body to be an effective and efficient learner to thrive in class and play. 

It is incredibly important for school readiness as it allows a child to receive feedback from their body effectively so that they can effectively perform new skills they’ll learn in class and play. 

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coordination and preparing your child's brain to thrive and be an effective learner!

Posted by Dr Amanda Watson on 25-May-2020 12:00:00

How coordination can encompass your child's with every area of learning and play at school and home! 

Coordination is the ability to use our body in the way we want to attain a desired outcome. This definitely utilises some big brain control and consciousness however there are very important elements of the lower brain that help us move and control our bodies in ways that make us uniquely human. 

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how balance and proprioception can help optimise your child’s brain and body to be ready for school.

Posted by Dr Amanda Watson on 22-May-2020 10:00:00

How good proprioception can help our child's body be strong and well balanced!

It is so important for a child entering school because knowing where they are in space helps them sit still in class for learning, and move their bodies well for play.

Proprioception is the ability to know where we are in space so that we can then control our body appropriately to keep ourselves balanced and strong.

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Topics: spine, brain, Blog, School, Teenagers, Physical Development, Preschool Children

How can the brainstrem help a child's brain and body be efficient in learning and play?

Posted by Dr Amanda Watson on 18-May-2020 10:00:00

How does an integrated brainstem help prepare your child's brain and body develop and thrive in class and play?

The brainstem is at the base of the brain and skull and it is the oldest and most primitive part of our human brains. The major role of the brainstem is to control the functions of basic survival. Things like breathing, swallowing, digesting and heart rate are examples of this.

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Help improve your child's Postural Strength at school and home!

Posted by Dr Amanda Watson on 13-May-2020 12:15:00

How does posture help your child's brain and body to be an effective and efficient learner to thrive in class and play?

We want little brains and little bodies to be working so well that all a child has to do when they enter the classroom or playground is use their clever big thinking and doing brains to learn and play. 

Having optimal postural strength is an important driver for children to be able to use their brain effectively for concentration, focus and engagement; which in turn leads to better learning and more easeful play.

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Tummy time techniques to use this festive season.

Posted by Dr Amanda Watson + Dr Jacey Pryjma on 22-Dec-2019 11:23:09

How to get enough Tummy Time this Christmas

For most of  the festivities involve being out and about, travelling between gatherings and lots of fun, however this can limit the time your baby has for free play and floor based tummy time. Tummy time not only provides the opportunity for supporting posture development, but it also gives your child time to play, explore, have space and learn elements of self regulation. So how do you make sure your baby gets enough tummy time this festive season between all your commitments?

Firstly, understanding how much tummy time your child needs will help you make sure you are providing the minimum time, and then anything more is a wonderful bonus!

How much tummy time does your babe needs each day?
Follow these simple tips to help them achieve that over the festive season! 
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Topics: Mothers, Babies, Health, children, stress, relax, families, Development, spine, brain, Mums, baby wearing, dads, Infants, Physical Development

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