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Therapists guide to gifts this holiday season

Top holiday toy recommendations from our Therapists Every parent wants their child to succeed, whether it is in school, work or play. We want toys that promote this success; encouraging intelligence while remaining fun and keeping our children entertained for more than five seconds. With a world filled to the brim with Hatchimals, Minecraft and

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Difficulty or disorder? When to refer…?

Constantly in action, it is not always easy to know when a child experiences temporary difficulties and when these difficulties become a disorder. Here are the main differences between a difficulty and a disorder in order to help you know when it would be relevant to refer a child to a professional. A difficulty: A

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Understanding the Torticollis Plagiocephaly Treatment

Torticollis and plagiocephaly are two very common conditions seen by physiotherapy. As these conditions are quite treatable and often preventable, early intervention is key to supporting good outcomes. What is torticollis? Torticollis is an imbalance in muscle strength and range of motion, causing one side of the neck to be tight. This leads to a

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Learning how to be a good friend – Happy International Friend Day!

Everyone wants their children to have friends, have positive social interactions at school and be liked by their peers, but we do not necessarily practice the skills needed to be a good friend at home. Lauren Robinson, speech-language pathologist, shares skills that can be modeled at home between you and your children to teach these

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Supporting Your Child in Making Friends

For some children, they seem to pick up on social skills naturally and without much support. For many children, however, being accepted and making friends can be one of the hardest parts about school. They may struggle with certain social skills that need to be explicitly taught by parents, their teachers and/or professionals. While we

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Toilet Training Your Child: What you need to know

Toilet training can be a difficult endeavor for parents.  When do you start?  How do you know when to start?  What do you do first?  How do you know if your child understands what you are trying to have them do?  There are so many questions and with them come many answers from any number

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The Right Preschool for Your Special Needs Child

Our Preschool JK/SK program continues to make a difference in the lives of our clients and families. Incorporating the family, and your child’s clinicians in various areas, allows us to create an individualized program, incorporating all techniques/strategies and recommendations into their daily living. Our program is designed to prepare children for a successful integration into

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Homework and Studying

The start of a new school year is a significant event in the life of a child and parent. The excitement that comes with a new beginning is often quickly overwhelmed by the arrival of homework and the need to study. For parents, this period can unfortunately require a degree of management that can lead

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Mindfulness-What does it mean for your child?

Importance of mind-body connection As a parent, you know the importance of minimizing stress to raise healthy and well-adjusted children. You try your best to provide the extra-curricular activities that will enhance your child’s interests. You foster their learning and emotional intelligence by offering books, friendships and summer camps.  Another tremendous gift you could offer

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Maintaining academic skills over the summer

Over the summer holidays, students are at risk of a significant loss of academic skills.  Studies have indicated that this loss can be the equivalent of a month of instruction, as well as up to two months for students from disadvantaged areas.  When school starts again, the student therefore has to dedicate a substantial amount

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When should I see a psychologist for my child?

Help your child (and yourself) understand what is going on Children, like adults, benefit from psychology services to either identify the source of a behavioral, emotional or a learning problem, or to help them develop strategies for coping with stressful events. Josh, a 10 year-old boy in grade 4, is a friendly child who was

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Your child’s language: tips and strategies to support its development!

Your child’s language: tips and strategies to support its development! As parents, it isn’t always easy to be sure whether our children are meeting the expected language milestones.  It can be even harder to know what to do if we do notice signs of a language delay.  If you’ve ever felt this way, the following

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Coaching kids to organize themselves

Some children have difficulty getting started on tasks and organizing materials, whether it’s their bedrooms, lockers or homework papers. These skills are referred to as executive functioning skills and include skills related to organization, time management; planning, impulse control, cognitive flexibility, and ability to self-monitor one’s work. Our occupational therapist Keltie Morrison shares tips to

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Strategies to support communication development in children with ASD

Speech strategies to support communication and language development in children with ASD Every child on the autism spectrum is unique and special, so strategies that work for each child will depend on that child and what is motivating to them. Here are ten great speech language pathology strategies that will encourage language development in children

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The Importance of Posture and Positioning for Handwriting

The Importance of Posture and Positioning for Handwriting  by Ashley Cooper The other evening, I was at restaurant having dinner. I should have been enjoying the five course meal that was being prepared by the chef but instead I just could not get comfortable in my chair. The stool was too high from the floor

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Looking at the social, emotional and academic needs of your child

Teachers are required to not only teach and report on academic achievement – they are also required to do the same regarding your child’s social and emotional intelligence. Teachers assess, evaluate and report on achievement of curriculum expectations and on the demonstration of learning skills and work habits. In order to do this, they also must teach

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Understanding report cards to support learning

It’s report card time, the perfect time for reflection and for planning. At this time in the year, parents should be able to look back and list things that were learned in each subject, as well as areas that could use some improvement or enrichment. In fact, your children should be the ones to tell

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How to keep your teens motivated at school

5 suggestions to increase academic motivation Teenagers are tempted by many pleasures, immediate and ephemeral. They live in the present, and their future is far for them! In their quest for autonomy, they need to feel that they control their life, that their parents no longer have so much power over them. The lack of

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Supporting your child at school

Understanding and overcoming the underlying challenges School is hard. Being an independent, successful student in a classroom is a tall order for most children. Different challenges arise at each grade level as expectations and difficulty increase. Cognitive skills such as organization, time management and attention influence success. Reading ability, vocabulary, and understanding of language all

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Tips to support your child’s literacy

No matter what age your child is there are things you can do as a parent to help them learn to read and write. Here are some great tips to use, depending on your child’s age: Birth to toddler years Talk to your baby and bombard them with words – the more words you expose

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