Parenting

ASD, OCD or SPD: Which is the Best Fit?

With certain children, it can be hard to tell the difference between an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). You may see a child with just...
Halloween Sensory

Sensory Tips for a Happy Halloween

Itchy costumes, greasy face paint, strangers in masks, constant social interactions, scary music and black lights on porches… Halloween can be a short road to SENSORY OVERLOAD!  But there are some things you can...
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Spooktacular Moments – Home & Classroom Halloween Tips

For some families, Halloween can be a joy and a struggle for various reasons. Yet, it can also be a great time to be creative and connect with our children in ways that are...

Ideas to Start Your Own Halloween Tradition

There are two times in the year where we put an extreme amount of pressure on our children to get fully consumed in the moment, enjoy the festivities and go with the flow: Christmas...

Raising Awareness of PANDAS/PANS Syndromes in Children

Today marks PANDAS/PANS Awareness Day. “PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) and PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes) are devastating syndromes that are likely as prevalent as Pediatric Cancer and Pediatric Diabetes.”, the...

STAYcation – A Perfect, Meltdown Free, Alternative

Several years ago while stationed overseas for my husband’s job, my children and I embarked on what has now become a much beloved tradition. It was a national holiday and all the locals had...

Self-Care: Eliminate That Which Drains You

Once upon a time, a few years ago, I was diagnosed with ADHD.  My life was chaotic - a single parent with years of undiagnosed ADHD, four children, a job, and many other distractions. ...
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Your Cautious Child at Summer Camp

The cautious child - the one who is sensitive, maybe shy with a serious temperament, can be one of the toughest to manage during these raucous camp days.  Parents want their child to have...

Advocate: Be the Change You Wish to See

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandi  Advocate instead of blaming. All too often, we are quick to point the finger and blame others.  Have you ever found...

What is “Stimming” and Why is it Important?

Does your child frequently rock, bob their knee, make annoying humming noises, squint or smell strange things that he shouldn't?  These behaviours are forms of sensory stimulation or otherwise referred to as  stimming and...