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Cyber Dependence and Addiction in youth

Welcome to the digital age. In the digital age, cyber addition 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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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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