Getting a grip on normal child development As an occupational therapist, a good place to start when I begin occupational therapy treatment with a child, is to ensure the parents and I are using the same words to mean the
Rick Smith shares his family’s journey with Down Syndrome on the Noah’s Dad Blog. He shows the world Down Syndrome is OK. Of course, as an OT, I like it best when Rick shares Noah’s moments in Occupational Therapy!
Mom says her child is prone to angry outbursts Earlier this week, I interviewed the mother of a 71⁄2 year old boy who has Tourette’s Syndrome. Her son was diagnosed a little over two years ago, just as he
With the rush of the holidays almost over, you’re likely looking for fun activities for the kids. Hosting a New Year’s Eve Athletic and Academic Olympics is a fun activity that everyone can have a great time with. Last year, I hosted
It might help to read a story book book upside down. The holiday season reminds me that while we all have our sensory preferences, the holidays bring an onslaught of new ones that can be challenging. I like the
In his Autism in NB Blog, Harold Doherty writes about his son Conor and autism from a father’s perspective. Harold makes me think about the broad spectrum of autism. About how it affects the minutia in the everyday life
More tips on how to explore, and help a child overcome some behaviours If your child isn’t responding to behavioural approaches it might be time to check to check into possible sensory issues. When occupational therapists are trying to
Some behaviours serve to alert, calm or focus. As I carry on with my occupational therapy mission to explain some truths and falsehoods about “Is it sensory or behaviour?”, I hope readers are starting to understand how occupational therapists
What to do if a child senses danger when there is none If a child tries to take flight from a situation that isn’t that dangerous it might be a good idea, once the child feels safe, to help
Know when to intervene and when it’s not helpful If something like a child’s rocking or other behaviour isn’t interfering with his learning in the classroom or that of others, it might be best to let the child be.