October is national occupational therapy month in Canada, and at Big PLANS we are celebrating by sharing some valuable tips from our very own OT’s! What is Occupational Therapy? Occupational therapy is a type of health care that helps to solve the problems that interfere with a person’s ability to do the things that are … Continue reading 8 Tips for Parents from Big PLANS Occupational Therapists
As Big PLANS for Little Kids begins a brand new school year, we know parents are also facing new day-to-day challenges with their children back in school. For parents wondering what they can do at home to help their kids excel, we asked our Early Learning Specialists (Certificated Teachers) to share some simple strategies. Here … Continue reading 13 Teacher Tips for Parents of Preschoolers
School is finally over, and the kids are ready to play all day! While this may sound fun to some of you, playing with children doesn’t always come naturally to parents. Spending time playing with your children is essential as children learn so much through play. In fact, three play is so important to a … Continue reading School’s Out…It’s Time to Play
As a therapist, many of the children I have the privilege of having conversations with, come to my office with diagnoses of anxiety, depression, A.D.H.D., A.S.D and/or various learning disabilities. One of my first questions for them might be, "what does that diagnosis mean to you?" Quite often their (sometimes hesitant) answer relates to … Continue reading PARENTING PRESCHOOLERS: SUPPORTING EMOTIONAL HEALTH AND BUILDING RESILIENCE
As I walk through the parenting section in my local bookstore I am struck by the all of the ‘expert’ advice telling parents about how best to raise their preschoolers. When having conversations with parents who have young children I am concerned when they voice that they feel like they don’t know what they … Continue reading PARENTING PRESCHOOLERS ENOUGH!
Back in the mid-1990s while I was working on my PhD, I had the opportunity to spend a week visiting the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of California, San Diego. One evening, in a grocery store parking lot, I was approached by a young man who looked like a throwback to the sixties, … Continue reading Building Brains is Group Work
In my line of work, the question I hear the most often is, “What do I do when my child is upset?” I’m currently a Behaviour Consultant who works with families and children with unique needs. After 20 years in the field, I’ve easily addressed this question thousands of times. When I give my answer, … Continue reading What Do I Do When My Child is Upset?