As the Executive Director of Calgary Reads (an early literacy initiative), a parent and former teacher, I’m often asked by families how they can help their young child build language skills—and, develop a love of reading. As we mark Family Literacy Day on January 27th (celebrated annually as a time to inspire families to learn together) … Continue reading Encouraging literacy and a love of learning on Family Literacy Day – January 27th – and every day!
What a cold snap at the end of December! How tempting to stay nestled under one’s down duvet late into the morning, and just take the day as it comes. Unless you are tag teaming with another caregiver, this is likely not a description of your past few weeks. Whether cold or warm outside, with … Continue reading The Importance of Routines: A roadmap for love and learning
As a family counsellor, I’m often asked by parents about their preschool children’s friendships and how as parents we can help them to make and keep friends. Parents are often worried that their child might be too shy, too aggressive or lack the social skills to make good friends. I hear about the desire to … Continue reading PRESCHOOLERS AND FRIENDSHIPS: A parent’s role to support, structure and shield
I am writing this message to you as an educator, advocate, and mother of young children. I feel privileged to work alongside so many brilliant and passionate Early Childhood Educators. I have spent many years advocating for more resources for vulnerable youth and families living in poverty. Five years ago, I was assigned the task … Continue reading Recognizing the Importance of our Children on National Child Day, Nov. 20th, 2017
Getting ready to trick-or-treat? Candy, treats, parties, parades, costumes, masks, makeup…it all sounds like lots and LOTS of fun, but for the sensory sensitive child, it may feel like a challenge. If your child has some difficulty with sensory processing (the interpretation and response to sight, sound, touch, taste, and perception of movement and position) Halloween may actually feel … Continue reading HALLOWEEN TIPS FOR THE SENSORY SENSITIVE CHILD
October is Occupational Therapy (OT) month! For those families who are new to OT this school year, you might be wondering what OT is all about. A young child’s occupation is to learn and to play. An OT can help a child to develop skills to succeed in this occupation. There are several areas that … Continue reading A Child’s Job is to Learn and Play
A Review - Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity - Steve Silberman I was instantly captured by the subject matter of this book, especially given Oliver Sacks’ ‘roll-out-the-carpet” forward that begs clear attention. My interest and pure enjoyment in working with children exhibiting characteristics of autism and/or diagnosed with autism spectrum … Continue reading BIG LIT Reviews