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Margo- Special Care Counsellor

By | 30 June 2017|Child Development|

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is an evolving type of therapy. In my experience, animals arouse great interest and curiosity when used in intervention work, and they are also appealing. Here is some information to learn more about this approach! Animal-assisted therapy is an intervention which includes: a therapist trained in animal therapy, an animal previously selected [...]

Daily behaviour management

By | 30 June 2017|Child Development|

Wether we are a parent or a resource person intervening with children, we all experience at one point a situation where we have to deal with a difficult behaviour. In order to change this behaviour, we need to analyse it. Once we understand what surrounds a persistant behaviour it becomes possible to intervene on these [...]

Pre-reading skills or phonological awareness!

By | 30 June 2017|Child Development|

Children learn to juggle word sounds well before they are able to read. They also learn word recognition and decoding skills well prior to being able to read syllables or even say the alphabet. Phonological awareness is the ability to associate words with sounds (phonemes), therefore making it possible to identify, manipulate and combine or [...]

Communicating Effectively with Our Children: Not Always Easy, But Oh So Important!

By | 30 June 2017|Child Development|

Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (www.fabermazlish.com) developed an educational method that has been proven in places all over the world: "Talk and children will listen, listen and children will talk." Here is an overview of the proposed approach by these authors. Difficult Emotions Louis, age 4, is very disappointed that his cousins can’t come and [...]

What consequences should I give my child?

By | 30 June 2017|Child Development|

It is not always easy for a parent to spontaneously have ideas about what consequences to give a child who disobeys or adopts inappropriate behavior. Often, the first consequences are cutting out videos or television time as children have a strong interest in them. When the consequences are always the same, they have more impact [...]

Screening and Diagnosis of ASD

By | 30 June 2017|Special Needs|

ASD is an abbreviation for autism spectrum disorder. Since May 2013, the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) uses the term ASD which was previously part of the family of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) - Asperger Syndrome, autism and Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. However, children now are on a continuum of ASD, instead of [...]

MargOT the Occupational Therapist – What is dyspraxia?

By | 30 June 2017|Special Needs|

Dyspraxia is a disorder in acquiring multistep motor tasks and planning multistep movements. Little is known about dyspraxia, which is difficult to diagnose and causes significant difficulties for school-age children. Dyspraxia is often referred to as the “hidden handicap.” Indeed, the condition is difficult to diagnose and dyspraxic children are often considered lazy or clumsy. [...]

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