What is Speech-Language Pathology?


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!


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


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

Promoting Speech and Language Through Books


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

As I was browsing through a local book store the other morning, the sheer number of children’s books amazed me. Some of them are stories I remember from my childhood, like the Dr. Seuss books, and the rest are newer books. The bookshelves are lined with brightly coloured, illustrated book covers, some of them with textured covers; I wanted to read them all! Read more

Nail Care Tips for Sensory-Sensitive Children


Written by Sandra Ellis, Student OT, McMaster University

Recently, I was talking to a parent who was having trouble getting her sensory-sensitive child to let her cut his nails. This prompted me to wonder what kinds of parent-friendly strategies I could offer parents facing the same challenge. Many kids with sensory challenges can be adverse to personal hygiene activities like nail care because their super-sensitive finger tips may perceive the sensations involved in the activity as uncomfortable or painful. This reaction can result in a really stressful experience, both for the child and the parent. So, what’s a parent to do? Here are a few suggestions that may help you to conquer the nail cutting beast: Read more