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August 16, 2018

Heading back to school can be an exciting - and overwhelming - time for kids. Starting in a new school or a new classroom can be stressful. Here are some tips to make this transition a positive experience for your child and your family:​

  • INVOLVE YOUR CHILD IN PREP. ...

August 10, 2018

One of the best parts of my job as an OT is the time I spend working as a school-based consultant. Last week, Jayson Davies of OT School House invited me on his weekly podcast to talk more about my role.

In particular, we discussed my implementation of Respons...

Discipline is hard.

Depending on one’s personal definition, the practice can yield either positive or negative outcomes in children. Research suggests that harsh discipline, such as scolding or reprimanding, can cause a child to withdraw and increase negative behaviors....

May 8, 2017

Getting dressed is a vital daily self-care task for kids on their journey to independence, and playing Dress-Up is a great way to strengthen all of the skills required to dress and undress oneself.

At A Glance

1. Playing Dress-Up develops coordination, gross and fine m...

Traveling with children can be challenging, but it's also a great opportunity to develop skills including executive functions, the tasks and skills needed to think about, attend to, and solve problems safely and efficiently. 

At a Glance

  • Planning a trip together...

March 3, 2017

CREATING A TACTILE TOOL BOX

As a former classroom teacher, I recognize that the idea of overloading a learning space with "distracting" toys and tools seems counterproductive, but the link between fidgets and focus is well-documented. Following some simple steps ou...

February 9, 2017

As Dr. Temple Grandin writes in her compelling forward, Raising A Sensory Smart Child offers "insights and answers" for sensory processing issues that parents need. While the book does do just that - with an introduction to the sensory systems and their neurological un...

January 14, 2017

"Don't open that!" As Mom to two little girls, I hear myself saying this line more times than I care to admit. The lunchbox, the closet door, the snack pouch, and the jar of paint. But as an OT, I'd like to switch the script. Repeat after me:

"Don't Open...

January 3, 2017

Retro Baby's tagline spoke to me as an OT, a Mom, and an aspiring minimalist: "Cut back on all the gear and boost your baby's development with more than 100 time-tested activities." 

"Yes, please, tell me more!" I thought. 

This book is a great read/resource, and I...

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