Occupational Therapy Treats Anxiety

Occupational Therapy Treats Anxiety

Did you know that an occupational therapist can often address anxiety? First, understand that a child who has “behavior problems” often reacts as they do because they are anxious.  Children are not willfully bad and will do well if they can. When children feel safe...

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A Little Extra Love For Valentine’s Day

A Little Extra Love For Valentine’s Day

So, it is February again and that means groundhogs, Presidents, and valentines. We all know about the cards, candy, and extra kisses for Valentine’s day. But here are some things you can do this February 14thto show some extra love to those sweet little ones of yours...

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When and Why To Consider Massage Therapy for Kids

When and Why To Consider Massage Therapy for Kids

Pediatric massage is massage and touch therapy that is specifically created and adapted for children and adolescents. Pediatric massage therapists have additional training that prepares us to work with kids and teens in a skillful manner that takes into account age,...

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A Few Gift Giving Ideas

A Few Gift Giving Ideas

This month I pulled together some favorite gift ideas for the children in your life. These gifts are not just fun but they also might just sneak in some Occupational Therapy. I have included a link to Amazon to make it easier for you but you can find these items other...

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Medical Issues That May Explain a Child’s Behavior

Medical Issues That May Explain a Child’s Behavior

When a child has extreme tantrums and meltdowns it can be hard for some people to see past the behaviors. ADHD, anxiety, or a history of trauma can be common contributors to behavior, but sometimes there is a medical explanation.  If behavioral strategies aren’t...

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Homework, The Epic Nightly Battle

Homework, The Epic Nightly Battle

  Monday through Thursday every day a battle would ensue in our home. It never failed and I am sure the neighbors heard the screams both mine and my son’s. It was something neither of us looked forward to and was hard for both of us to complete. Homework, we...

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School Days and Anxiety

School Days and Anxiety

School is going into full swing and while kids can have anxiety leading up to going to school on the first day you might see some once school is in full swing. Here are a few things that might help you work through these moments with your kids. Understanding and...

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One Last Beach Trip

One Last Beach Trip

You can picture it in your mind. Sitting in your comfy beach chair, toes in the sand and beach waves crashing in the not too far distance. The sounds of your small children laughing with delight fill the air around you. Wait, what? That is not at all how it actually goes.

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When Should Students Get OT in Middle School?

When Should Students Get OT in Middle School?

I was compelled to write this because as an occupational therapist who works in the schools I know that there tends to be a philosophy (among therapists primarily) that once a child leaves elementary school that direct OT services tend to stop or be changed to...

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