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Childhood Obesity and its impact on Daily Function

When children are still in their infancy, round tummies and pudgy legs are cute and even encouraged. Pediatricians and other childhood clinicians emphasize the importance of providing children with plenty of nourishment including healthy fats in order to foster development. However, there comes a time in a child's life when fat rolls are no longer cute but […]

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Spatial Awareness in Children: What it is and its Impact on Daily Participation

Before we hop into the basic definitions of “spatial awareness”, let’s also define some similar terms and determine how those terms are related. If you google the word “spatial awareness” just for the sake of your own research, several similar terms pop up: spatial cognition, spatial perception, and visual spatial awareness. What do these words […]

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Reading with Your Children: A Few Points to Touch Base On

A long-standing activity that parents make daily efforts to participate in with their children is reading books with them. Why? It is because it provides obvious educational benefits that intensive research doesn't have to tell us to make it true. Exposing children to reading activities at a young age encourages language and communication development. However, what else is […]

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Inside the Terrible Two’s: This much yelling can’t be normal…can it?

p>period does in fact exist. Kiddos at this age can be so full of life and love, and wonderful memories can be made based on their adorable disposition. Then, in a split second, everything good morphs into an engulfing darkness that seems to last for months: intense temper tantrums at home and in public, endless crying over […]

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Bath time with Children: Stages of Development and Independence

As a new parent, nothing is scarier than letting your mind run wild with all of the possible scenarios of things that could go wrong when your young infant interacts with a tub full of water. Bath time goes from an enjoyable experience to a period of heightened sensation and vigilance has you spend every millisecond […]

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OT Tips for De-Escalating a Child’s Melt-Down

Before we discuss ways to reduce a melt-down, let’s clearly define what exactly a melt-down is and what it looks like. Popular pediatric occupational therapy terminology includes specific words to describe the differences between a “temper tantrum” and a “melt-down”: Any child can have a temper tantrum, which is a set of poor behaviors exhibited […]

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