TALi Blog

All the latest TALi news, as well as tips, strategies and resources for strengthening attention in your child.

TALi Health Clinical Lead: Dr Simone Gindidis

October 28, 2020 . 3 minute read

Growing the reputation and program uptake with healthcare professionals is a major ambition of TALi. We know that early intervention is not only important, but in some cases critical to a child’s ability to achieve gains in a variety of cognitive developmental milestones early on in life. Someone who understands this better than anyone is […]

The reality of nurturing emotional resilience

July 24, 2020 . 3 minute read

Children are innately equipped with resilience, to work through challenges and cope with stress. It’s not something that kids either have or don’t have; it’s a skill that kids can strengthen as they grow.

Tips to improve communication with your child

July 24, 2020 . 4 minute read

For children, communication skills serve a foundational and interdependent role in cognitive development and growth. Let’s refresh our understanding of how we can get back to basics and bring the art (and bonding qualities) of communication back into the spotlight.

TALi TRAIN case study: Amy and Josh

July 18, 2020 . 3 minute read

“As mother to a child with ASD (Autism), the challenges have been enormous and mentally exhausting,” explains Amy*. “Having to advocate for my son on a regular basis and educate others has been an ongoing battle.” The struggles Amy has experienced are fully evident through her words. Even though her son Josh’s school has been […]

The Everyday Autism Series: An interview with Monique Cain

May 11, 2020 . 4 minute read

Monique Cain is a mother from Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula who drew from her experiences as a parent of two children with Autism to give voice to the Autism experience and help unravel the mystery of Autism for others, particularly young children. She created The Everyday Autism Series – a series of children’s books that uses […]

TALi Happier Kids Kit

April 22, 2020 . 0 minute read

TALi has compiled the Happier Kids Kit a kit chock-full of information, activities and advice for maintaining the good mental health of your children during the Coronavirus shutdown. We’ve drawn from the skills of our team, as well as other expert organisations in the field of children’s health and wellbeing, to ensure your family is […]

Top Tips for learning from home

April 16, 2020 . 5 minute read

One of the biggest and most disruptive changes that many of us have been accommodating in this time of Coronavirus has been the closure of a number of schools as part of sweeping public health policies. Some parents and caregivers have voluntarily elected to keep their kids away from school as a means of limiting […]

A message from our CEO

April 6, 2020 . 2 minute read

As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, the effect on everyone’s life is significant, especially the most vulnerable and developing groups of our society. It’s vital that we all respond to these unprecedented challenges in ways that are thoughtful, responsible and compassionate. At the same time, as we change our behaviour to minimise the health […]

Handling kids while working from home

March 24, 2020 . 5 minute read

In today’s technological generation, it’s possible for many of us to continue working without having to physically go into the workplace. Remote working – working from home – is proving a popular alternative for many organisations, as the fight to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues. However, with school shutdowns and the like, working […]

Helping kids cope with the COVID-19 epidemic

March 17, 2020 . 5 minute read

We are living in an unprecedented time. The Coronavirus – COVID-19 – has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation and the number of people symptomatic of the virus continues to grow, while health agencies and governments work around the clock to contain the spread of the disease. As the global impacts […]

Celebrating Neurodiversity Week

March 10, 2020 . 2 minute read

With Neurodiversity Week upon us – 16th to 20th March 2020 – we felt it was important to discuss what neurodiversity actually is, and how it affects children. In a nutshell, neurodiversity is an important aspect of a child’s attention capabilities, which directly impacts how they perform tasks at home and school. At TALi, we […]

Teaching children good technology habits

March 5, 2020 . 5 minute read

The spike experienced in technological advancements across the last few decades means people are still learning how to responsibly (and healthily) integrate the use of technology into their daily lives. This poses an extra challenge for parents – how do we teach our children good technology habits if we don’t know them ourselves? A 2018 […]

An attention problem is not just ADHD

February 13, 2020 . 4 minute read

If someone mentions a child has a problem with attention, most people’s thoughts turn to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As the name implies, ADHD definitely encompasses an attention component but attention vulnerabilities can appear in a number of different guises. Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety, Traumatic Brain Injury and certain genetic […]

Social and Emotional Education in Schools (SEL)

February 5, 2020 . 4 minute read

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the development and refinement of skills that enable us to build resilience and effectively manage our emotions, behaviours and relationships with others in the world around us. Why is Social and Emotional Learning important? Because not only do the skills garnered from SEL empower students to achieve academically and […]

Bcause makes the NDIS and TALi easier

January 20, 2020 . 5 minute read

Having a child diagnosed with a learning disability can be a stressful time for parents. There’s the battery of tests that kids go through as part of a diagnosis, as well as the steep and, sometimes, unforgiving learning curve that parents find themselves travelling when it comes to treatment and management. It’s no surprise that, […]

Creating a successful classroom for everyone

January 13, 2020 . 6 minute read

It’s important to create a space that enables students to perform to the best of their abilities, to amplify their engagement and ensure they get the most from their learning experience. Likewise, a space where students can pay the maximum amount of attention, respect other students and absorb the lessons being taught makes life so […]

Getting bored while training with TALi TRAIN?

December 17, 2019 . 3 minute read

Have your students (or child) been taking part in the TALi TRAIN program, and they’re getting bored or starting to complain? Rest assured, this is completely normal behaviour. But it’s important you soldier forward and complete all 25 sessions across the five-week period so your children are given the best chance to improve their attention […]

Teaching Children with Complex Issues

December 10, 2019 . 4 minute read

Teaching children with complex issues is a significant challenge that teachers face, with a number of behavioural challenges presenting in any given classroom. Most schools nowadays have the ability to define behavioural expectations through their own policies and guidelines. Accordingly, these might differ slightly between schools but, for the most part, we can agree there […]

What you need to know about attention in children

December 2, 2019 . 4 minute read

People perceive paying attention as being focused on something over a period of time without being distracted. It is considered to be a matter of discipline; for example, think of how teachers often demand attention from their students in the classroom – pay attention! But attention is so much more than attention span or something […]

WEBINAR: The Science of Assessing Attention Vulnerabilities through TALi

November 22, 2019 . 0 minute read

Want to find out more about TALi DETECT? Our Scientist Azadeh Feizpour, and Strategy and Community Advisor Sam Sapuppo, have run an easy-to-understand (i.e. no scientific jargon) webinar to give you some insight into how TALi DETECT works. You can watch the recap of the webinar below and learn about TALi’s non-invasive, digital tool for […]

TALi DETECT rolls out to schools for beta testing

November 15, 2019 . 0 minute read

We’re proud to announce that TALi DETECT – our early intervention screening tool for attention vulnerabilities – was released to Australian schools for beta-testing in October 2019. While still in its validation phase, DETECT acts as the first assessment step in our full TALi program that includes our clinically validated TALi TRAIN attention strengthening tool. […]

October is ADHD Awareness Month

October 11, 2019 . 2 minute read

October is ADHD awareness month Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults around the globe. It doesn’t discriminate – it can affect anyone – and it does not mean that those affected by ADHD can’t excel in life. Given October is ADHD Awareness Month around the globe, we’d […]

Books Celebrating Neurodiversity

April 17, 2019 . 3 minute read

Representation is everything – whether that’s for newly diagnosed kids so they don’t feel so alone or parents looking for reassurance that everything’s going to be ok. And what better place to start spreading the word about the importance of neurodiversity than with the books we read? We’ve rounded up a few to get you […]

School Holidays: Helping Neurodiverse Kids to Thrive

April 5, 2019 . 3 minute read

For parents of neurodiverse kids the school holidays can bring with them a bag of mixed emotions. Time with the kiddos? Wonderful. Filling that time? That’s the tricky bit! However, with a bit of planning and structure school holidays can be a time for families to thrive in each other’s company rather than simply hold […]

5 strategies to help kids pay attention in class

March 25, 2019 . 3 minute read

Daisy dozing off? Tom can’t stop fidgeting? We’ve got some tips on how to help them pay attention. 1. Set classroom expectations Kids need structure, it helps them feel in control. Put the day’s timeline at the front of the class and think about breaking down the day into 20-minute blocks – including morning tea/lunch […]

Bonding with our kids is better for our health

February 22, 2019 . 7 minute read

When a hug from mum or dad is sometimes all we really need. You’ve lost your keys, have a looming work deadline and just now your little one has decided to throw their breakfast all over the kitchen, you pull your socks up and get on with it, but you wouldn’t be alone (or the […]

Games to play with your kids

February 22, 2019 . 6 minute read

We all know kids can sometimes find it a bit trickier to pay attention and we know what it’s like when they don’t remember to pick up their socks! Sometimes it could be they’ve had an average sleep, they’re hungry, there’s a basketball game happening outside or at other times there could be a neurological […]

Little rabbits have big ears.

February 15, 2019 . 6 minute read

Is your toddler screaming? Not wanting to share? Science may just have the answers to helping your child’s bad behaviour improve. After my first one turned 2 and a bit, I went to my mother with a story I thought was crazy—and specific to me. One night at dinner I got upset at my partner […]

Attention: making kids master chefs, gymnasts and musical prodigies.

January 25, 2019 . 5 minute read

The brain is an incredible organ helping us breathe, regenerate cells, run marathons, attempt cooking paella and nailing that karaoke song. Unsurprisingly it requires the most amount of energy, which in adults is around 20% of our body’s daily energy requirement and in 4 years olds it requires an estimated 43%. “…a 5-year-old’s brain uses […]

Early Childhood Learning: Their First Day of School Starts Earlier Than You Think

January 24, 2019 . 5 minute read

By the time kids put on their first school uniform, they’ve already learned some of the most important skills in life. Early childhood education starts at home. One of the most incredible things in life is how rapidly young brains learn and grow. From birth and into their first few years, kids are making trillions […]

How Improved Attention Can Build Stronger Learning Abilities

October 15, 2018 . 3 minute read

Attention And Its Impact On Learning Abilities Are you concerned your child is experiencing learning difficulties? Perhaps they’re falling behind in reading or numeracy? In Australia, 10-16% of students are seen by their teachers to have learning difficulties with support needs beyond those usually required by a teacher. When we talk about ‘learning difficulties’, we’re […]

The Transformative Potential Of Digital Therapies

October 15, 2018 . 4 minute read

What are digital therapies and how effective are they in improving our health? Picture this: an ingestible pill fitted with a sensor to digitally track medicines being injected; a virtual avatar to diagnose depression; or a smart contact lens in your eye. No, these aren’t fictitious inventions in a sci-fi Hollywood blockbuster. These are realities […]

Tali Train used by Primary School Students

June 24, 2017 . 1 minute read

Tali Train is currently being used by students at a Primary School in Victoria. The Tali Train program has been successfully implemented within the school day and teachers have been trained as Tali Providers. Attention is a fundamental for learning and has been shown to be a significant predictor of academic outcomes. Tali Train has […]

Tali Train Expanding Interstate

June 13, 2017 . 0 minute read

Tali is excited to announce the addition of 10 more clinics to the Tali community. The Beta version of Tali Train is currently being used in 18 clinics that specialise in child development, e.g. child psychologists, speech pathologist and occupational therapists, across Australia.  Feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive, with improvements being reported in […]

New Video Tool

October 16, 2016 . 1 minute read

Research presented at the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research. Posted in May 2016.

Artificial Intelligence

October 16, 2016 . 1 minute read

Researchers in the US are using artificial intelligence to improve the diagnosis of developmental disorders such as autism. The particular technique being used is machine learning which focuses on the development of computer programs that can teach themselves to grow and change when exposed to new information.

Tali Presented to the Prime Minister

July 13, 2016 . 0 minute read

Tali Presented to Prime Minister as he seeks out leading Australian innovation This week prime minister Malcolm Turnbull showed keen interest in one of Australian newest innovative products, Tali. The Tali Technology was presented to him at an Engineers Australia innovation showcase. Mr Turnbull showed particular interest in the future of Tali Health as a company […]