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Concerned About Your Child’s Development? Don’t Wait

Most parents have a few moments of worry about their child’s developmental progression.  Is he talking enough?  Why isn’t he walking?  Why does she play alone at playdates?  Usually, it is totally normal.  Children learn and grow at different speeds and most everyone is on the same track by kindergarten.  Having been on both sidesRead more

Great Holiday Gifts That Target Fine Motor Skills

  Fine Motor Skills.  So easy for some and so hard for others.  Does your child crawl under the table when his preschool teacher asks him to use scissors or a pencil?  Is his pincer grasp getting him down? Never fear!  Each of these toys and games were chosen because they have the wonderful abilityRead more

Preventing After School Meltdowns

Jenna is a kindergartener who loves school.  She enthusiastically goes each day and is one of the more engaged students in the class.  By all accounts, her first month of kindergarten has been a huge success and her parents are relieved and happy that all is well at school. But once Jenna gets home, thingsRead more

Weighted Blankets – What’s Best For My Child?

What should be a simple question is, unfortunately, mostly misunderstood in both the medical and occupational therapy industries. The most common advice given to parents is to get a blanket which weighs 10% of the child’s weight plus one or two pounds and while this isn’t “bad” advice it is a bit too vague toRead more

Teach Diversity and Acceptance With This Book

Children in between the ages of 4-8 are learning and growing everyday.  Not only are they beginning to develop academic skill such as reading and math, but they are also figuring out life.  Books are powerful teaching tools.   While many deal with concepts such as letters, numbers and colors, few cover topics such asRead more

This Book Could Spell Success For Your Fearful Preschooler

Children in between the ages of 4-8 are learning and growing everyday.  Not only are they beginning to develop academic skill such as reading and math, but they are also figuring out life.  Books are powerful teaching tools.   While many deal with concepts such as letters, numbers and colors, few cover topics such asRead more

Letting Your Child Fail

Children (and adults) love to be successful. However, they often have trouble understanding that the keys to success are dedication and determination, not fixed skill or ability. Failure is not often held in high regard – especially when it comes to parenting. Parents strive each day to seek a successful future for their child andRead more

Executive Function in a Nutshell

Executive Function is a big term that refers to your child’s ability to plan, focus, multi task and remember. A term that is thrown around frequently in childhood is Executive Function.  You may hear your child’s pediatrician or teacher mention it, especially if your child struggles with behavioral or emotional issues.  It can be confusingRead more

Helping Children Through a Doctor’s Visit

  Providing simple choices during a stressful experience can help a child regain a sense of control.  Your child doesn’t have a choice in whether to get a vaccination.  However, they may be able to choose which leg it is given in or if they’d like a band-aid with stars or hearts on it.  Read more

A Social Story: Getting Ready In The Morning

Social stories help prepare children for transitions and experiences.  You can modify this one, about a morning time routine, to fit the needs of your child.  Have fun with it!  Draw illustrations together or google images of children going through a morning routine if you want to add a visual.  These stories work well withRead more