Holiday Gift Guide For Kids With Special Needs (Part 4 of 5)

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Gifts to Build Your Child’s Language Skills

By Aynsley WardenMeet our children’s therapist team.

Our 5-part blog series has covered lots of great gift-giving ideas for kids with special needs, and now we’ve got ideas that can help build their communication skills and still have fun! Here we focus on great gifts help build your child’s language skills. At Canoe Therapy we are committed to making children’s therapy fun so that you as a parent, as well your child, are comfortable. Here we share some of our favourite books, toys and games that we use in speech-language therapy sessions. Read more

Gift Ideas to Help Children with Sensory Integration Difficulties

Holiday Gift Guide: For Kids with Special Needs (part 3 of 5)

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By Diesje HiltemannMeet our children’s therapist team.

We’re excited to give you part 3 of our Holiday Gift Guide, which includes gifts to help children with Sensory Integration Difficulties as well as their parents. Here at Canoe Therapy, we love finding creative ways to get your child engaged as well the rest of the family! Read more

Gift ideas to help tune your children’s motor skills

Holiday Gift Guide: For Kids with Special Needs (part 2 of 5)

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Par Jess Urcuyo. Meet our children’s therapist team.

We’re excited to give you part 2 of our Holiday Gift Guide, which includes gifts to help tune your children’s motor skills. Here at Canoe, we love finding creative ways to get your child engaged to work. We’ve got five kid-tested, therapist-approved activities to build hand strength, coordination, and dexterity. Read more

Gift Items for Children with ADHD

Holiday Gift Guide: For Kids with Special Needs (part 1 of 5)

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Written by Marie-Eve Dubois. Meet our children’s therapist team.

Tis’ the season for giving! Do you or anyone around you have a child with special needs and you’ve been trying to find great gift ideas that would not only be fun, but helpful? Over the next few weeks, our team will be sharing with you some of their great finds. We hope this will inspire you! Read more

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