3 Tips for Packing Lunch for Picky Eaters

Here are three simple lunch ideas for your child’s school 1) involve your child 2) make food fun 3) one step at a time.

PickyEaterBy Kayla Brown, Student Occupational Therapist, McMaster University

Brainstorming what to pack for your child’s lunch can be a tricky task, especially if he or she is a picky eater. Whether they are in daycare or 5th grade, kids do a lot of work and play during the school day, and a nutritious lunch can give them the fuel they need to help them succeed. But what do you do if your child regularly doesn’t eat the lunch you prepare for them? Below are a few tips and tricks to help you pack a lunch your fussy feeder will actually eat. Read more

Learning language through daily routines

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By Victoria Vanderstoep (Student Communicative Disorders Assistant, Durham College)

It’s never too early to begin encouraging communication in young children. But teaching language is not something parents need to set aside extra time for – it is something that happens by sharing time with parents and siblings, and exploring the world around them. When children are beginning to learn language, they need to have experiences to do so. Then they need to learn the words to talk about those experiences, and finally, they will need someone to talk with. Engaging your child in conversations as you are going about your day provides them with experiences and the words that go along with those moments. Read more

What is Speech-Language Pathology?

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With May being Speech and Hearing Month, its a great time to celebrate and bring awareness to speech, language and hearing delays and disorders.

Let’s look at the facts: 1 in 10 Canadians has a speech, language or hearing problems. An estimated 4% of the preschool population has a significant speech or language disorder and communication disorders in school-aged children are often misdiagnosed as learning disabilities or behavioural problems Read more

Physiotherapy and its role for active kids!

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Finding the right type of physical activity for your child is tough with busy schedules, video games and computer technology. It is more important than ever to create healthy habits at a young age to combat the growing popularity of sedentary lifestyles. Physical activity has proven beneficial in preventing diseases, increasing quality of life, improving self-esteem, and promoting healthy growth and development. But is your child getting enough? The Canadian Physical activity guidelines recommends children and youth accumulate a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous- intensity physical activity daily. Read more

Haircuts without Tears

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Written by: Sandra Ellis, Student Occupational Therapist, McMaster University

Like nail clipping, haircuts can also be a challenging task for a child with special needs, especially if they have sensory challenges. For many kids, haircuts cause pain or discomfort, anxiety or sensory overload. If a trip to the hairdresser has ever turned into a meltdown or you find yourself avoiding it all together, here are some suggestions that might help make the process a little easier for you and your loved one. Read more