New Guidelines: How to Put Baby Safely to Bed

By Bonnie Rochman   Sleeping like a baby is now more regimented than ever, in light of updated guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about how best to put baby to bed to reduce the risk of SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome. Much has changed in the six years since the AAP’s […]

Preschoolers’ Language Skills Improve More When They’re Placed With More-Skilled Peers

Preschool children with relatively poor language skills improve more if they are placed in classrooms with high-achieving students, a new study found. Researchers found that children with relatively poor language skills either didn’t improve over the course of one academic year, or actually lost ground in development of language skills, when they were placed with […]

Understanding How Gifted and Twice Exceptional Children Can Benefit From OT

By: Debra Johnson, MS, OTR/L Many parents who contact me for OT services begin the conversation by saying that they aren’t really sure whether OT can help them or not. They are struggling, searching for answers and may have had others tell them they are over-reacting or that their child will outgrow the problems. During […]

Mindfulness: What is it and How can it help?

This past weekend, I attended a conference for Speech-Language Pathologists here in British Columbia. I was fortunate to learn about several things, but the idea of Mindfulness, a new idea for me, was a topic that really stuck out in my mind, because I found that I could apply it to both clientele and to […]

Brain Growth, Not Size Predicts IQ in Preterm Babies

By Rachael Rettner   How fast a baby’s brain grows, rather than how large it is, predicts the child’s mental abilities later in life, a new study of preterm infants suggests. The faster the brain’s cerebral cortex grew during the first months of life, the higher the children scored at age 6 on intelligence tests […]

Twenty-Two Reasons Why a Child Can’t Sit Still

The child does not get enough exercise. Children require huge amounts of movement, preferably outside, every single day. Movement and exercise is as essential as food for children in order to stay organized, develop and mature their nervous systems, improve their coordination, strength and motor planning, and to be healthy! So many of us live […]

Speech Disorders May Be Helped Using Rhythm and Familiar Words

Singing therapy is often used to restore fluency to sufferers of speech disorders due to stroke. Recent research found, however, it may not be the singing itself that helps. Christie Nicholson reports  Left-sided stroke victims are often left with a debilitating speech disorder. Yet many can sing entire pieces of text fluently. Singing is thought […]

Make Your Child Laugh: The Developmental Stages of Humor

By: Danette Schotte, M.A. Many children with special needs have problems with friendships. The problems can surround not understanding nonverbal communication, to not being able to identify emotions, to confusion over humor and more. One thing we know for sure is that a life without friendships and human connections is a very lonely life.   Humor […]