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139: How a Paediatric Occupational Therapist Can Help Families Thrive

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in this week’s episode of First Time Mum’s Chat, I’m chatting with Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Munira Adenwalla. A lot of the parents that I talk to via my baby massage classes, ask me whether everything is going as it should with their little one’s development. I’ve been on the lookout for an expert to talk to who knows their stuff when it comes to baby development and was thrilled to find a paediatric occupational therapist to talk with.

Munira talks about how a paediatric occupational therapist helps babies to be able to get in and out of positions so they are comfortable with their bodies and explains how she contributes to their development by helping with all the little movements required to get up to sitting, standing and eventually crawling and walking.

During our chat you’ll hear us talk about:-

  • Why it’s so important not to rush your baby to be doing their developmental milestones and let them take their own time.
  • How a paediatric occupational therapist can help when babies are not meeting their developmental milestones or when your gut feeling is telling you that something isn’t right.
  • How a paediatric occupational therapist helps babies that are struggling with coming into sitting and crawling positions and to be more comfortable, relieving tension in their bodies.

And much more…

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About Munira Adenwalla

Munira Adenwalla

Munira Adenwalla is an American trained Paediatric Occupational Therapist of 25+ years, specializing in sensory processing. She helps children from birth to 13 years to move, learn, play, and write by getting to the root cause and developing the underlying sensory and motor skills needed.

Munira is a strong advocate for parents’ intuition and knowing their child best. She empowers parents with the knowledge and confidence to support their child’s sensory, motor and emotional needs through consultations and parent group programs.


When working with infants, Munira is a strong believer in ‘baby owned movements’ where babies learn how to get in and out of positions themselves so they can safely explore their environment.

Munira is the creator of the Foundations for Writing program, which helps parents develop and support their child’s underlying sensory and motor skills for writing, using the No Writing Way(TM) approach.

Munira’s experience and knowledge is drawn from being a home educating mum to her 11 year old son including her work with amazing parents and children throughout her career. As a result, her insights are both practical and relatable. She has lived in multiple countries including Taiwan, London, the US, and Canada, which has further enriched her perspectives.

Outside of work, Munira finds joy in exploring her city, having foodie adventures, and being in nature with her son. She also loves seeing the world through children’s eyes.

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