Ford’s Ontario autism program with “needs based” services

Click here to read the announcement for this new program rollout ****Disclaimer: I am writing this purely to try to communicate to people what the news is saying and trying to bring together as much information about it as I can. I have many opinions on Autism funding, the Conservative government, and Canadian healthcare inContinue reading “Ford’s Ontario autism program with “needs based” services”

Breathing strategies for you and your child

Whether you hear it from a therapist, your yoga instructor, a friend, or your child’s teachers, I am sure you have heard about breathing strategies before. As an occupational therapist and yoga instructor, I can definitely attest to the benefits of deep breathing to help with calming you and your child. First, let’s talk aboutContinue reading “Breathing strategies for you and your child”

OT Christmas/holiday gifts

The holiday season is coming, which means it’s gift giving season for many families! With many places still undergoing lockdown/COVID precautions, some children (and their parents) might benefit more than ever from receiving toys related to their development. This week we’re chatting about occupational therapy (OT) related items that children would be excited to receive,Continue reading “OT Christmas/holiday gifts”

The Magic of Blowing Bubbles

If you have a child, have worked with a child, or have seen a child before, you are probably familiar with the pure JOY and excitement that children get from playing with bubbles. The moment that the kids at the daycare I work at see bubbles, it’s like absolute magic. Something that I learned recently,Continue reading “The Magic of Blowing Bubbles”

Understanding Childhood Trauma

A while back I wrote a blog post about anxiety in childhood and teens from a webinar I took through the Institute of Child Psychology (see blog here). Every so often, they offer a free one hour webinar about various topics, and a few weeks ago I was able to take the webinar on understandingContinue reading “Understanding Childhood Trauma”

The Benefits of Colouring for Children

If you’ve stepped into a dollar store, craft store, book store, etc in the last couple years, you must have seen the HUGE variety of colouring books lining the shelves. From Frozen, to Power Rangers and Paw Patrol, to more specifically created colouring books to focus on mindfulness, there is literally a colouring book forContinue reading “The Benefits of Colouring for Children”

Acknowledging and validating the experience of anxiety in children and teens.

“You’re young, what do you have to be anxious about?” As a young adult, we constantly are told that anxiety came with life experience and massive responsibilities. Because we were young and “only had to worry about” school, we didn’t have stress. If you had to take care of a family, finance a house, worryContinue reading “Acknowledging and validating the experience of anxiety in children and teens.”

Play time – it’s not just all fun and games!

As an occupational therapist that works with pediatric clients, daycare supply teacher and volunteer with Camp Oochigeas (where the power of camp and “being a kid” is celebrated through inclusive programming for children experiencing childhood cancer), I believe strongly in the power of play. As a new occupational therapist, parents of my clients were apologeticContinue reading “Play time – it’s not just all fun and games!”