Episode 122: Supporting Outdoor Play with Angela Hanscom

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare speaks with Angela Hanscom, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and author of Balanced and Barefoot. How unrestricted outdoor play makes for strong, confident, and capable children. Nature is at the centre of everything Angela does, and also central to our conversation. From the developmental benefits of being outdoors, to how to encourage …

Episode 67: Educated by Nature 

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare chats with Daniel Burton and Trudi Bennett from Educated by Nature. And they’re talking about, you guessed it, the importance of nature in children’s development. Listen in to hear: How Daniel and Trudi’s nature journey began, when they were challenged to take classroom learning outside two days per week. Why being …

Episode 59: Sensory Processing Hacks 

If you have a child in your life with sensory processing challenges, you’ll know that everyday routines can be overwhelming and meltdown inducing. Think getting dressed, getting a haircut or going to swimming lessons. In this solo episode of the podcast, Clare shares her hacks for making these three  rituals a little easier. Some you may have already discovered by …

Beach Benefits

The beach is a place of relaxation but also of learning. Think of it as a sandy classroom. It’s easy for us as parents to forget that it’s there. To spend scorching summer days cooped up inside, tucked away in our air conditioning. To discover the freedom and joy of the beach all too late, when Autumn is already on …

Make Today a Sensory Play Day!

Many youngsters today are not having enough opportunities to engage in the learning that comes via their sensory system.