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Tarryn Dee and Renee Townson

Tarryn Dee and Renee Townson

Tarryn Dee (OT - BOccTher , Occupational Therapist) and Renee Townson (BSpPath, Speech Pathologist) are the proud founders of My Diffability Australia, a place where different abilities are celebrated. My Diffability Australia is an online supplier of toys and resources for people with different abilities.

Tarryn is a fun, knowledgeable and highly motivated Occupational Therapist with experience in providing therapy for children with sensory processing difficulties, fine and gross motor difficulties, attention and concentration difficulties, self-care skills including toilet training and fussy eating, as well as supporting families with positive behaviour management strategies. Tarryn has worked extensively in paediatrics, including mainstream schools, special developmental schools and in private practice.

Renee graduated as a Speech Pathologist in 2004. Throughout her career she has worked almost exclusively with children with additional needs and their families, including in large part, children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She has provided both therapy and diagnostic services across a range of settings. These days Renee dedicates her time to working at My Diffability Australia. She has a passion for writing articles to provide information to families and enjoys recording videos to show how resources can be used to support those with DIFFabilities.

Website: https://www.mydiffability.com.au/

Articles

How to Encourage a Correct Pencil Grasp

From a very early age we see babies begin to navigate using their hands and fingers to explore the environment around them. Fine motor skills move through different stages of development as an important part of early childhood. When it… Continue Reading >

Should I be doing sign language with my baby?

As a Speech Pathologist (and now also a mother myself), I am often asked by parents whether baby sign language is something that they should be doing (or should have done with their kids).  Firstly, I think it’s important to… Continue Reading >

How many words should my child be saying?

As a paediatric speech pathologist the question “how many words should my child be saying?”, or “should my child be talking more?”  is perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions I hear from families. There is often a lot… Continue Reading >

Pre-writing activities for preschool kids at home

Over the last 18 months many of our little ones have been in and out of kindergarten or childcare due to the pandemic. As a result, it’s really common for many parents to worry about the development of their children’s… Continue Reading >

The Role of Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists in Early Intervention

Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists work across a broad range of areas and with people right across the lifespan from infancy through to the elderly. One area of speciality that some therapists choose to focus on is Early Intervention. These… Continue Reading >

Speech and Language. What’s the difference?

As a Speech Pathologist, one of the first things I would often discuss with families during assessment or when starting intervention is the difference between speech and language. This is a very confusing topic for many parents, but one I… Continue Reading >

Toileting, is my child ready?

When thinking about toilet training children it can elicit feelings of excitement about not needing to change nappies anymore. With that though, also comes some big feelings of nervousness about significant changes and a shift in Independence for some children…. Continue Reading >

Mealtimes and Fussy Eating

For many parents it can be a frustrating and overwhelming event during meal times if their child is a picky eater. I think when we become parents we have this expectation that our kids will just eat whatever we serve… Continue Reading >

Early Communication Activities

As a speech pathologist working with children I would often discuss the difference between communication and speech with parents, families and carers. Often there is a misconception that a child needs to be talking in order to communicate. The truth… Continue Reading >

 

 

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