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20 Minutes of Reading Each Day: Is it Worth it?

20 Minutes of Reading Each Day: Is it Worth it?

At the beginning of each school year, in addition to learning new classroom procedures and routines, we go over the homework expectation for the year.  Students tend to accept the math and spelling homework, but continue to question the (arguably) most important...

Teaching your Child Anti-Bullying

Teaching your Child Anti-Bullying

Partnering with parents when their child has been involved in a bullying situation is hard but important work.  No parent wants to be the recipient of a phone call saying that their child has been bullying others.  Learning these skills in elementary school, a safe...

Primitive Reflex Integration

Primitive Reflex Integration

When I started practicing occupational therapy 18 years ago I knew what primitive reflexes were, but didn’t fully grasp their impact on child development for another eight to ten years.  I had kids that would be referred to me for being “clumsy” or “sensitive” and I...

In Home Therapy

In Home Therapy

Benefits of Home-Based Therapy When I started my practice a year and a half ago, there was no doubt in my mind that I would offer home based therapy services. After practicing in traditional clinic settings for 16 years, I knew there was a better way to provide...

Behavioral Issues

Behavioral Issues

How do I know if my child has sensory processing challenges? What is Sensory Processing?  Sensory processing is how our brain processes and makes sense of sensory information coming into our body. All of the sensory information comes together to build our conscious...

Staying Active During COVID-19

Staying Active During COVID-19

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), children over the age of 5 need at least one hour per day of rigorous physical activity that gets their heart rate up.  A shocking statistic is that only 66%–nearly 2 of 3 children ages 5 to 10 are getting less than...

Frustrated Child?

Frustrated Child?

Why is my child always frustrated? Right now we are all feeling a little (or a lot overwhelmed). Kids are the same. Their lives have been turned upside down.  As everyone continues to try to "find a new normal", kids are getting more and more frustrated.  They just...

Do you have a clumsy child?

Do you have a clumsy child?

Do you have a clumsy kiddo?  Do they fall down more than peers? Do they seem to get lost when they are supposed to be getting dressed?  Do they seem to struggle to achieve motor milestones like riding a bike later than peers? If you answered yes your child might have...

Sensory friendly halloween

Sensory friendly halloween

Halloween costumes that will bring smiles instead of tears Halloween is less than 2 weeks away.  Many times this holiday is met with excitement and fun.  For children with sensory processing challenges Halloween is stressful and frustrating.  Children with sensory...