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  • Sleep Time

    ''There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.'' ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson I love this time of the year. The cooler evenings always seem to help me sleep better. There is nothing quite like that feeling of climbing into bed, pulling the covers up, and laying my head on my nice soft pillow. Not long ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on October 10, 2013
  • Is Nature Deficit Disorder on the Rise in Children?

    With Earth Day this Monday (4/22/13) it seemed appropriate to bring up this topic.  No NDD is not an official medical diagnosis, but a description of “human alienation from nature.”  Upon the recommendation of a trusted OT friend, I have just downloaded the Kindle version of the book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on April 19, 2013
  • Is Kindergarten the New 1st Grade?

    Last week I presented at another conference for early childhood educators.  Entitled 10 Terrific Tips for DAP Fine Motor Skills the workshop  covered  important sensory and motor components needed for developing  good hand skills.  (See my blog from last spring on the AHA! Moment).  The room was packed and ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on February 19, 2013
  • Top 5 Blog Posts for 2012

    As my year as your peds blogger comes to a close, I thought I would give you a rundown of the top 5 most popular posts.   5.  Weighing in at the fifth spot was the final update on the DSM-5 due out next May: SPD Excluded from DSM-5. 4. The AJOT published study on Speed and Legibility with Pencil Grasp had some surprising ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on December 29, 2012
  • Preventing “Bucket Babies”

    This past week I presented a workshop to a child care provider network. This insightful group of mentors and educators were passionate about finding ways to adapt the current programs in many of their centers to include more sensory motor concepts.  As we talked about the importance of vestibular input and how gentle swinging can provide ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on November 30, 2012
  • “Scent-sational” Ideas:

    As an OT with a background in SI, I think our sense of smell is often overlooked.  Here are some easy suggestions to use olfactory input as a fun way to supplement treatment activities: Add dry JELL-O®mix to watercolor or tempera paints. Or mix up the gelatin with only half the amount of water and have the child paint with the mixture. ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on May 20, 2012
  • Feeding Issues and the Possible Non-Medical Causes ...

    So, we've ruled out any possible medical reasons that may cause a child not to eat.  What we have to do now is go back to our list we made when we began playing detective and see what else could be going on.  A few possibilities to keep in mind are: Sensory Issues: This is one of the most common reasons a child who has no medical ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on February 28, 2011
  • Tuesday Tidbit – Special Toys for Special Kids

      ''Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on December 7, 2010