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  • If you have a child with a disability, you can help improve their communication and movement by encouraging them to take part in daily activities.
  • Nearly every sound and action your child makes is meaningful – respond to these sounds and actions to encourage communication.
  • Hold your child in a way that will let them develop their own strength and balance – try not to do all the work for them.
  • Encourage your child to stand – this helps build muscle strength.
  • Children learn a lot in the first three years, so it is a good idea to start as early as possible.
  • For more hints and tips for making everyday activities easier, speak with your local doctor, paediatrician or a disability support worker.

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Reviewed on: 31-10-2011