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The Truth About Printing

Your child’s messy printing may be an indicator of what is happening inside their brain and body. The fine art of manipulating a writing utensil in order to print words requires a highly integrated brain-body system.  There is a lot more involved than meets the...

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Nature during a COVID-19 Holiday Season

Nature during a COVID-19 Holiday Season

"Get outside!", we are told.  There is less spread of infection when we are out of doors. The outdoors offers more than just prevention of illness; it offers great peace of mind.  The Holiday season can be exciting for children and adults, but it can also...

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Learning: Stick with It!

Learning: Stick with It!

Learning, no matter how it looks:  Stick with it!  Learning is worth it, and parents, I'm talking to you.  COVID-19 and its resultant teaching-at-home fall out has become a parent journey more than any other.  Parents have changed work hours and...

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Full Moon Connections

Full Moon Connections

Have you seen the moon, Suzanne?  My mom loved full moons. Even when I moved away, she would call me every full moon. If she didn't speak to me by phone, she would write a letter and marvel how we were both looking at the same moon at the same time.  I loved...

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Understanding Covid-19 this Holiday Season

Understanding Covid-19 this Holiday Season

With the holidays fast approaching and COVID-19 surging in most parts of the country, millions of Americans will break with tradition this year to celebrate in ways that we hope will help keep us all safe and healthy. Here is one way we can help explain COVID-19 to...

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Covid, wildfires, shutdowns, OH MY! We are here to help.

Covid, wildfires, shutdowns, OH MY! We are here to help.

How can I help you, parents and teachers? There is a lot happening, and You are going through so much! In our Northern California community, not only is the pandemic closing many local businesses for public safety, mandatory power outages are also occurring across the...

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MASKS AND HANDWASHING DURING COVID-19 – MAKE IT FUN!

MASKS AND HANDWASHING DURING COVID-19 – MAKE IT FUN!

Masks can be fun.  They really can!  Some students may, deep down, really like being given permission to have a face just like everybody else's.  Wearing a mask can help some children blend in.  Blending in can be very stress relieving. Lower...

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How To Help Your Child Understand Germs During COVID-19

How To Help Your Child Understand Germs During COVID-19

"Is the germ bigger or smaller?"  Alex asked her mom.  The consequences of which would determine whether or not she could play with her friends.  A bigger germ meant no and a smaller germ meant yes. When COVID-19 numbers increase in Alex's community,...

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In Honor Of Our Hybrid Future Of Education

In Honor Of Our Hybrid Future Of Education

Intelligent people like ourselves once believed the earth was flat.  We also once held a belief that the earth was the center of the universe.  Scary to embrace change, society at that time punished and disliked forward thinkers. Today’s global pandemic is...

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What You Might Not Know About Love…

What You Might Not Know About Love…

Have you ever stopped to consider that the heart is the brain behind the brain? When the heart is functioning optimally, a cascade of chemicals, peptides, and hormones are released that facilitate brain functioning. When a child is happy, when their heart is engaged,...

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The Kindness Of Nature

The Kindness Of Nature

Look around you in your everyday world. Nature is both beautiful and kind. Your child will be the first one to hold your hand and walk you over to some interesting thing in nature, perhaps some bug on the sidewalk. My daughter loved ‘rolly-pollies’. I think they were...

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How To Help Your Child Improve This Summer

How To Help Your Child Improve This Summer

With the summer upon us and new life styles put into perspective due to COVID-19 and resolution for self‑improvement in hand, ask any parent or teacher and their goal is to “do better”. Parents and educators both ask, “What's going on with our children?” and “What...

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The Impatient Child – Halfway Done Day

The Impatient Child – Halfway Done Day

Children with learning disabilities can seem very impatient at times. When so much is beyond their control, particularly lately, our children may seem to “dig in” at the most inconvenient of times. Children are asserting their will, where they can. For this reason,...

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Thoughtful Education During The Time Of COVID-19

Thoughtful Education During The Time Of COVID-19

Being at home is often a place of relief for exhausted teachers. We OTs sometimes worry that your stress levels make it hard to let go of at-work pressures. As school OTs, we see how hard teachers work to make a difference in the lives of their students. Now with...

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The Truth About Printing

The Truth About Printing

Printing is one of those things that parents and teachers tend to put into the "just try harder" category. The thought is that more practice is needed. However, most unique learners who are struggling with printing have a physiological reason for their messy printing....

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Boredom And Helping Your Child With Learning Disabilities

Boredom And Helping Your Child With Learning Disabilities

Boredom comes in many forms. Sometimes children with learning disabilities are bored because they have “nothing to do”. Other times, children with learning disabilities are bored because they aren’t engaged in the activity that they are expected to participate in. But...

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Self-Esteem For Children With Learning Disabilities

Self-Esteem For Children With Learning Disabilities

Many unique learners experience a sense of shame because they aren’t like others. They think that because they struggle academically, they must not be as smart as their peers. Their self-concept is skewed by this inaccurate self-assessment. The truth is, unique...

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Learning Disabilities And The Importance Of Play

Learning Disabilities And The Importance Of Play

When the teacher says put your pencil at the top of the page, some students may not know what "the top" means.  They can't follow the teacher’s instruction when they don't know up, down, left, and right. These children have a learning disability caused by a...

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