Your little one’s skills are changing every day. She is beginning to communicate more effectively. She is very mobile but is also learning to stop and focus on toys. Her understanding of how things work is developing and her fingers are learning how to manipulate objects. 


This PLAY BOOK will guide you through this action-packed stage of development

It contains age appropriate games, organised into chapters (e.g. 12-13 months). The games focus on the pertinent milestones within that month & are demonstrated by photographs and/or videos. The instructions are simple to follow & the OT rationale for including that game has been provided.

Equipment Low table/couch and her favourite toy/treat

PositionStanding holding the seat of the chair while you kneel or sit behind her

Game Let her stand at one end of the couch/table holding onto the seat. Encourage her to move along holding the furniture for support until she reaches her favourite toy. You should move along with her to make sure she does not bump her face should she fall.You should however let her fall onto her bottom – it is an important lesson about balance and her level of ability. Give her lots of praise when she reaches her toy. Put the toy on the other end of the row of chairs and encourage her to move in the other direction. Go both directions 4/5 times

Featuring Charlie & that rattle

This game is called JUST CRUISING

It is an example from this Play Book

Why We Play This Game Walking like a crab while holding onto stable objects allows her to learn about moving her weight from side to side so that she can take a step. She will learn from the feedback (information) from her body that she is unstable and will use her balance skills to stay upright. When we hold a child’s hands and help them walk we (the adult) automatically anticipate (know) and compensate (make the changes) when they are about to fall which means they don’t have the opportunity to learn this skill for themselves


ONLINE CHECKLIST allows our team of OTs to tailor the programme to your little one's developmental level. This ensures your little human stays on track. It is completed online and submitted to our OTs. They then respond with written feedback. These can be found in the Member's Area

We are no longer supplying the TOOLKITS but have a few left in stock - check the online shop to see if this one is still available

PLAY, ENGAGEMENT & STIMULATION WORKSHOP is ideal for nannies wanting to learn more about child development. It's a 3 hour workshop held three times a year

AUDIO GUIDE video provides valuable information on how to engage a child in play. It discusses over-stimulation, precautions, how to juggle work & play etc. It's a great resource for new moms, nannies, au pairs etc. This is in the Member's Area
BLOG provide valuable information relating to play, development & stimulation. Each blog is written by a member of our team & is written from a personal perspective related to our lives as Occupational Therapists, teachers & moms. This is in the Member's Area


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