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Holiday Gift Recommendations from our Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy & Speech-Language Pathology Team!

With the holidays just around the corner, our therapy team has put together a list of some of their favourite toys and games that are also excellent tools in helping children develop a wide range of skills. Hopefully, this will help parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles in selecting fun and educational toys as gifts for

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Social skills training

Social initiations, interacting with others, expressing emotions, and following directions are a few of many social skills. These skills, which are an integral part of a child`s development allow us to learn how to live with others and adapt to different situations in life. Social skills need to be learned through interactions with others. They

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Learning disability awareness month

October is Learning Disability Awareness month. A learning disability is not something that a person can outgrow, and it does not go away. Students with learning disabilities must recognize that they are not dumb, slow, unsuccessful, or any of the other negative labels that children who have learning disabilities may feel apply to them. In

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Fall sensory activities

Fall is finally here and with it comes a whole new world of sensory experiences for you and your family to enjoy! With the warm weather coming to an end, you may be wondering how you will fill all that time spent swinging at the park, digging in the sandbox or bounding through the splash

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Time for IEP’s

Special Education teachers are beginning to plan and write Individual Education Plans. Here is what you can expect if your child is formally identified as an exceptional student or has an IEP for another reason. IEP: Individual Education Plan What is it? An IEP is an individualized written plan describing the program and/or services required

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How a parent can prepare for the school year

Summer is ending We all love the laid-back pace of summer. The long hazy and lazy days, not being on a demanding schedule, and actually stopping to smell the roses. This time of year is magical, and it offers many benefits to parents and children alike. Summer can also be a time of reflection on

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Transitioning back to school

Whether your child is starting school for the first time or returning after the summer break, the start of the school year brings a great deal of excitement, together with some anxiety and stress. A little planning and preparation can ease a lot of the uncertainty and help make the first day of school an

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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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Do you struggle to put your child to bed each night?

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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