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Childhood Depression
August 15, 2014 9:00 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
When I heard that Robin Williams had passed away my heart broke. When I learned that he had been suffering from severe depression and committed suicide my heart shattered. Depression - an often misunderstood disease. A disease that is not easy for those Read More...
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Bedtime Routines
August 8, 2014 10:02 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
We all know the importance of what a good night's sleep means to a child. It allows their body to heal and repair itself. It gives the brain time to grow and develop. A good night's sleep will also result in better behavior during the day and better ability Read More...
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Sensory Processing Evaluations
March 14, 2014 10:11 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Recently I was asked by a team member to do a Sensory Profile evaluation on a young boy who was "bouncing off the walls" and stuffing handfuls of food in his mouth before he would start to chew and swallow it. It sounded like a little guy who was doing Read More...
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The Many Benefits of Music Therapy
February 21, 2014 9:39 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul. ~Angela Monet When I say " Music Therapy " what immediately comes to your mind? Do you picture children sitting Read More...
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Picky Eaters – What Not To Do
November 22, 2013 8:46 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
When you have a child who does not want to eat you may be willing to try anything to get them to eat. You will no doubt run into friends and family members who have "done this" or "done that" and it has worked for them when their child was being picky. Read More...
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Born Addicted
February 10, 2013 5:15 PM by Cecilia Cruse
This past week I was catching up with a dear friend and colleague who works the NICU in a busy urban acute care hospital. Her role as an OT has shifted as she responds to a growing trend in the US: that the number of newborns showing symptoms of withdrawal Read More...
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Tummy Time Revisited
August 6, 2012 5:07 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Tere Bowen Irish wrote a powerful guest editorial for Advance last week on the importance of tummy time that is well worth reading (or re-reading!). Entitled Back to Sleep Tummy to Play (Advance 8/1/12) she recaps some of the sobering statistics of the Read More...
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Time out & Time Keeping Tools
May 24, 2011 11:13 PM by Wendy Hof
As promised I have a couple more websites to share with you from the conference I attended a couple weeks back. One is an actual software site that again offers "free" software and the other is a website for a really cool timer. I know that our computers Read More...
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Picky Eater - Playing Detective
January 28, 2011 1:30 AM by Wendy Hof
When you have a child who won't eat you go through a variety of emotions. Your basic desire as a parent is to be able to feed and nourish your child. To be able to watch them grow and develop typically, so when you have a child who won't eat you start Read More...
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