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Benefits to reading all year long

Reading is a gateway through which children can explore and engage with the words on a page, as well as advance skills that are essential to school success and development. Your child has worked hard all school year to achieve his or her current literacy levels. Finding ways to encourage your children to read throughout

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Tips and tools for early language development from a speech-language pathologist

Parents and caregivers play a considerable role in the development of early language skills. There are many things that you can do to help your child increase their language and communication abilities. These strategies can be used with children who have typical or delayed language development. PLAY Your child’s job for the first few years

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Keeping kids active in the summer

Now that school is out, and summer is officially here, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the beautiful weather while staying active with your kids. From swimming, biking, walking and hiking to visits to the park or playing games in the backyard – there are endless ways to stay active and have fun. But

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LiteGate at Children Support Solutions

Over the last few months, Children Support Solutions has welcomed the LiteGait partial weight bearing therapy support system to our clinic in Toronto. Along with a slow-paced treadmill, the LiteGait serves as a harness system which supports the child and decreases the amount of weight they have to support while practicing walking. This allows the

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How a Speech Language Pathologist can help a child with Autism

Speech-language pathologists or SLPs are an integral part of an Autism team. Challenges with social communication are a trademark of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and speech-language pathologists are clinical professionals that specialize in all areas of communication.Speech-language therapy is more than working on lisps and stutters. The scope of practice for Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) includes

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Teaching Your Child to Ride a Bike – a Physiotherapist’s Perspective

Spring is in the air, and that means we can finally get outside and get our bodies moving! Most parents take this opportunity to begin teaching their children how to ride a bike, which sometimes can be as frustrating as it is exciting. It’s important to remember that riding a bicycle is a challenging gross

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Autism and Aspergers

Autism To be diagnosed with autism, an individual needs to demonstrate challenges in the areas of social communication as well as restrictive or repetitive patterns of behaviour (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)). Some examples of challenges in the area of social communication may include: difficulty having a conversation with others initiating or

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Cyber Dependence and Addiction in youth

Welcome to the digital age. In the digital age, cyber addiction and its consequences are an issue at the heart of our society. A recent study shows that about 1.5 to 2% of the population suffers from cyber addiction. While most people spend about 25 hours per week on the internet, teenagers who suffer from cyber

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Helping children (and parents!) get a good night’s sleep

Do you struggle to put your child to bed each night? Does your child wake up in the middle of the night and cry out for you on a regular basis? Do you feel like you’re losing more sleep than you did when your child was an infant? Sleep can be elusive for parents who

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The Importance of an Interdisciplinary Team for Individuals with Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the most common cause of acquired disability in a child’s developmental age, and the effect of a TBI is different at all ages. An interdisciplinary approach can give a child their best chance of recovery by targeting their specific needs. Here’s how the various disciplines work as a unit to

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Nutrition for kids – keeping it healthy!

Keeping your kids healthy and happy with tasty nutrition for kids! By Patricia Boychuck, RN, DOHN Healthy meals and snacks are essential elements in supporting your child’s overall growth and optimal health and development. Nutritious foods keep young minds sharp, provide energy to stay focused while at school and during play, and build strong muscles and

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How can the report card be used to drive improvement, even if your child is meeting or exceeding expectations?

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

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Understanding my child’s report card in Québec

Since the 2011-2012 school year, all schools in Québec have been using a standardized report card implemented by the Ministère. This report card ensures parents receive clear and consistent information about their child’s progress. Whether your child is in elementary or secondary school, you will receive a report card at the end of each term.

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Milestone guide

My name is Jennifer Halfin I am a mom of two young boys ages 3 and a half and 20 months.  I’m also a pediatric physiotherapist with a love for all things development. On both a personal and professional level, I often get questions from parents about motor milestones – when their babies should be

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Milestones and Me – How our amazing parent and baby class came to be.

Let me introduce myself As a start, let me introduce myself. My name is Jennifer Halfin, and I am a mom of two young boys ages three and a half and 20 months. I’m also a pediatric physiotherapist with a love for all things development. Put those two things together, and you get – Milestones and

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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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