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At Starfish, we want to offer you the best support we can. From the moment you begin your journey with us, our knowledge, experience and expertise is yours too. Our regular blogs aim to keep you up to date with all the latest industry news and advice, as well as our very own product information, tips and techniques.

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Creating a Sensory Safe space

Ever heard of the term 'Sensory Safe Space'? If you haven't, we're here to shed some light on 

what we believe can be a life line for those with sensory disorders.

Find out what we mean by 'sensory safe' and how we can prepare to host someone with sensory challenges.

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6 games for screen-free play

Whether we like it or not, screens are here to stay. Technology is vital for staying connected, but what we can do is learn to manage screen time responsibly.

Games are an ideal solution. There are so many great, screen-free games to keep children entertained that are just as easy to pop in the bag or car, here's some of our Starfish favourites!

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Teaching kids to write their name

I think we can safely say that learning to write your own name is probably one of the most fundamental early lessons. Let's face it, you'll need to do it your whole life! So teaching kids to write their name can be daunting.
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Games that bring people together

Games that bring people together

Young or old, competitive or not, whether you have a disability or if games just aren’t normally your thing, there will be games out there to suit any house hold. It's not always easy picking the right ones, so that's where Starfish can step in.
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what is sensory processing

What is sensory processing?

Sensory processing refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into responses. Our senses provide information to our brain (and nervous system) - so we can do our best to stay alive but also so we can learn and develop.
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how to get children used to face masks

How to get children used to face masks

Face masks. A hot topic. And one that could be with us for some time yet. These are strange times for us as adults. Imagine what it is like for our children. We are all trying to find ways to live and function in what is the 'new normal'.

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What is phonics?

What is phonics?

Here at Starfish, we often say synthetic phonics is the bread & butter of our reading program.

Phonics is the Bread, blending is the Butter.

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Top ten Tips for teaching Times Tables

Top ten Tips for teaching Times Tables

Teaching times tables is one of the most common topics we are asked about here at Starfish - and for good reason, they're tricky! So we would like to share with you some of our top tips for teaching times tables and hope you'll find at least one that cracks it.
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Is a book too hard? Here's how to tell.

Is a book too hard? Here's how to tell.

Trying to judge the level of difficulty of something, especially when it is easy for us, is something that can be a hard task in itself. Sometimes we have to stop and ask ourselves, is this too tricky for someone else? Is this book too hard for them?
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