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Does My Teen Need Occupational Therapy?

A few weeks ago, I shared some guidelines for how to recognize if your baby may benefit from occupational therapy, and in that post I explained that a person’s “occupation” doesn’t have anything to do with a job (at least

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Does My Baby Need Occupational Therapy?

When most people hear the word “occupation” they think of jobs or other activities that adults engage in, but actually occupation is defined as what a person needs or wants to do that is appropriate for his or her age or

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What Executive Functions Are and How to Develop Them In Your Child

“Why does my child often seem disorganized? I told him the same thing five times and he still did not remember! He has trouble planning and checking his work…It is difficult for him to switch from one activity to another or

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Why Do Kids Who Don’t Have Jobs Need Occupational Therapy?

Many people equate the word “occupation” with a 9-to-5 job, clocking in and out, putting food on the table and a roof over their family’s heads, so sometimes people are confused when we say that their child could benefit from occupational

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Why Isn’t My Child Making Progress? The Importance of Home Programs

Many of my clients have great attendance to occupational therapy. I will see them for either one or two sessions per week, depending on their needs. Since occupational therapy is a client-centered profession, each session is individually tailored with two

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Why Some Kids Can’t Sit Still

A friend of mine approached me recently, concerned because her 5-year-old son’s teacher had suggested he needed to be evaluated by a psychiatrist for ADHD. The teacher colorfully described him as “inattentive” and “highly distractible” but “very smart.” Knowing that

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The Difference Between a Tantrum and a Meltdown

A lone parent stands in the grocery store, her child kicking, screaming, biting, shouting, and turning into someone she barely recognizes. “All this over candy?” she thinks. “Is this because of his special needs?” she wonders. Other parents and bystanders

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Sensory Strategies for Sleep

We all know how a good (or bad) night of sleep can make or break everything we do the next day – and even for days to come. Sleep allows our brains and bodies a chance to recharge and to

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A Proactive Approach to Autism in Young Children

The author of today’s post, Dr. Frederica Kennedy, will be joining our staff later this month as a pediatric occupational therapist. Dr. Kennedy has 17 years of experience, specializing in pediatrics, with particular emphasis in the areas of autism, developmental disabilities

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Sensory Play Ideas for Summer!

As summer quickly approaches, I know everyone is looking for fun and easy ways to keep your kids occupied. Today we’re sharing a few quick and simple ideas for sensory play disguised as fun! Slimy Rainbow Spaghetti Visit Laughing Kids Learn for details

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