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Parent Encouragement

Tips for Parenting Autistic Children

One thing I learned as both an Occupational Therapist, and more so as a parent of autistic kids, is that they learn differently. They do things, from learning to write, talk, dress, interact with the world and more, on their own terms and on their own timetable. There’s no right or wrong way to do […]

How to Play with Your Child

Interacting with your child and providing all the right experiences can start to feel overwhelming. The good news is children are naturally inclined to explore the world around them. After all, play is their primary occupation! Keep the following tips in mind the next time you play with your child – whether they are 2 […]

Caregiver Fatigue Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Parental fatigue can affect every aspect of your life, making it difficult to focus on your job as a caregiver, your career, or your health. Taking care of a child with special needs often means neglecting your own when you are unable to manage your time wisely or when you’re battling the effects of anxiety […]

Play, Play, Play!

Merriam-Webster defines play as “a recreational activity, especially the spontaneous activity of children.”  As children are growing and exploring their environments, play is how they learn.  You could even think of it as play is a child’s occupation.  As a Speech Language Pathologist I use play every day to help build and expand upon social, […]

Managing Transitions and Tantrums: Simple Tips & Tricks

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Children and adults alike typically do well with routine and structure within their day.  If this routine or norm is disrupted and a child has a hard time adjusting or regulating, this can sometimes be expressed via behaviors or a perceived tantrum.  Let’s talk about a few ways that we as caregivers can help ease […]

Trauma Informed Care

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Understanding How to Support Children Who Have Experienced Trauma What is trauma? Shock trauma– An experience of an overwhelming event which is perceived as life-threatening. Developmental trauma– Ongoing childhood abuse or lack of nurturing during developmental periods in childhood. This includes; emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, as well as neglect, attachment disruptions, and medical trauma. […]

Importance of Reading to Your Child

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”—Dr. Seuss I started reading to my kids the day they came home from the hospital. All 3 of my boys have always loved to read and were early readers. As a speech language pathologist, […]

Finding the Truth of the Matter

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When my son was young, he often experienced a great deal of anxiety about all kinds of things. He was worried about what would happen tomorrow, or in the next half hour. He would get so upset thinking about all the things that were outside of his control because he didn’t know how to face […]

End Your Day a Therapeutic Way

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It has been proven time and time again that young children learn best doing familiar things with familiar people in familiar environments. This is the reason why early intervention services (0-3 years) should take a whole family approach with lots of caregiver education and training.   Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and most […]

Benefits of Reading With Children

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  Read, Read, Read! I am writing this today as a Speech Language Pathologist, but also a mom. Books have been part of my children’s bedtime routine since they were born. There are some books that my husband and I have read to them SO much, we have them memorized and could recite them in […]