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Kids and Motor Skills: Understanding Developmental Milestones (Part 2)

This is part two of a post on fine motor skills. You can read Occupational Therapist Melissa Brissette’s first post here.  Babies are tiny little learning machines and by the time they celebrate their first birthdays, they are refining what we in occupational therapy refer to as their fine motor skills. Read More »
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Kids and Motor Skills: Understanding Developmental Milestones (Part 1)

This is the first of a two-part blog post on the topic. Check back soon for part two! Activities from drawing to drumming to holding a cup all require the use and coordination of the small muscles in your hands. Easy for us, but for your children, they can be more challenging. Read More »
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Tips for Parents Talking to Teens about Tough Topics (Part 2)

This is the second in a two-part blog post. Read the first blog from Dr. Barondeau. Moms and dads, you’re already an expert in one area: recognizing conversations that are awkward ones to share with your teen children. Be it sexual relationships, mental health or drug or alcohol use, these are even (sometimes) uncomfortable things for adults to discuss with other adults. Read More »
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Parents: Try these Tips for “Tough Talks” with Teens

This is the first in a two-part blog post. As a parent, you know there are about 100 things you’ll happily explain to your kids. And then there are those topics that no one wants to gather around the kitchen table and spell out. Read More »
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Boredom Breakers: Color Matching Board

Identifying colors is a skill we expect children to develop in the preschool years. Here is a simple game you can make to help children master the first step of color recognition, which is color sorting. You will need: White poster board, approximately 22 inches by 14 inches Markers in primary (red, blue, yellow) and secondary (purple, green, orange) colors A round shape to trace (I used a small plate) A variety of safe objects in primary and secondary colors On one side of the poster board, trace three evenly spaced circles and use markers to color them in primary colors, red, blue and yellow. Read More »
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Traditions and the Holidays: Considering New Ones (Part 2)

Earlier this year, we considered some of the traditions of the holiday season. We had a good list, but here are a few more ideas for traditions you might want to “get started” in your family: Sleep by the Tree: Choose one night during the holiday season, when the whole family gets out their sleeping bags and camps under the Christmas tree. Read More »
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