Daily routine

By | 19 January 2018|Other|

Routine, the famous routine! This is probably the word used the most in January by parents. For children, hearing this word must be like denying them to watch their favourite TV program on Saturday morning, or forcing them to wash dishes for the whole neighbourhood. You quickly get fed up of routine. On the other [...]

Helpful hints and advice for a pleasant holiday season

By | 9 January 2018|Other|

The holiday season is a time to meet with family and friends. For most children this creates a lot of excitement and positive feelings, whereas for certain children this time of the year represents some level of anxiety and inconvenience. Here are some tips to promote a smooth festive season : •Do not accept all [...]

Energy on your plate: anti-fatigue survival guide

By | 1 November 2017|Other|

When days shorten, it is sometimes difficult to find energy to complete our daily tasks. Many factors are responsible for our level of energy, nutrition, stress management, sleep and physical activity. Surely, during fall, the lack of light does not help recharging our batteries. Since we cannot control the sun, here is an anti-fatigue guide [...]

Learn about DIR-Floortime®

By | 31 October 2017|Child Development|

How do I play with my child if he has no interest in playing? Learn about DIR-Floortime® Play with your child. This is the idea behind Dr. Stanley Greenspan’s approach: DIR-Floortime®. He developed this model in the 1980’s to help children on the autism spectrum develop to their full potential. In Greenspan’s model, the “D” [...]

Back to school

By | 27 September 2017|Help with Homework|

Summer will soon be over and going back to school is just around the corner. Getting ready keeps everyone busy, children and parents. Here are a few suggestions to ensure a smooth start to the school year. Purchase the school supplies with your child. Mark the first day of school on the calendar to help [...]

Margo the Occupational Therapist – Fine motor skills : hand strenght and radio-ulnas dissociation

By | 27 September 2017|Child Development|

Playing, eating, getting dressed, cutting, writing… All daily activities using fine motor skills. Many children may show some of the following difficulties : Pre-school children: Difficulty screwing/unscrewing games Difficulty manipulating small objects, dropping them often Picking small objects with all fingers, without being able to dissociate thumb, pointer and middle fingers Difficulty fitting puzzle pieces, [...]

International Update

By | 27 September 2017|Physical Activity|

Last January, I had the privilege to participate in the 2nd Children’s Physical Activity and Sport Conference (0-12 years) held in Finland. The participants came from 18 countries and I was unfortunately the only representative from Canada. The main conferences, oral presentations and posters covered an impressive variety of themes such as public health, motor [...]

Margo the Occupational Therapist- My child is being restless. What can I do?

By | 27 September 2017|Help with Homework|

Does your child fail to remain seated or remain attentive during a drawing or do-it-yourself activity? Maintaining the sitting position for a certain period of time is achieved through postural control and stabilizing muscles of the back. If your child has a weakness with these muscles, it will be difficult to sit for several minutes. [...]

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