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

Promoting Speech and Language Through Books

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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

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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

G-Tube Transitioning

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By Kayla Brown, Student Occupational Therapist, McMaster University.

A gastric feeding tube (g-tube), provides a long-term solution for children who are unable to get enough nutrition through traditional feeding methods. This ensures that a child can get the nutrition they need to grow and develop. However, as time goes on, many children are able to transition off of the g-tube and receive the majority of their nutrients through oral feeding. This transition can be a challenging process for many kids, but there are multiple ways that an occupational therapist can help your child have a successful transition. Read more

Anti-Bullying Awareness

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

It is not uncommon to hear that bullying is a big problem in schools, workplaces, homes and especially on the Internet nowadays. Bullying, in any form, can be detrimental to a child’s well-being and self-confidence. Read more