Author Archives: Heidi

Study: Delaying Kindergarten Until Age 7 Offers Key Benefits

[Source:  The Washington Post] A new study finds strong evidence that delaying kindergarten by a year provides mental health benefits to children, allowing them to better self-regulate their attention and hyperactivity levels when they do start school. The study, titled … Continue reading

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Seasonal Activity of the Week: Thanksgiving Turkey Baster Relay

Editor’s Note:  I know it’s early to share Thanksgiving activities but I just couldn’t resist this one!   So adorable, and GREAT hand-strengthening therapy! [Source:  The Inspired Treehouse] For the past few weeks, I’ve been over on Pinterest pinning all … Continue reading

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Playrific Needs Your Input!

Editor’s Note:  A friend of ours, Gary Dietz of Playrific, has a project underway that connects physical toys with virtual activities on mobile devices. They believe that this move “back to toys” could have impact in many areas, including speech, language, … Continue reading

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OT Activity of the Week: Fine Motor Fun With Straws?!

[Source: Pocket Full of Therapy] Who knew you could weave with straws?!! So fun and different! You need straws,yarn, a piece of cardboard, and tape to get started. 1. Start with 3 straws: For each straw, cut a  piece of … Continue reading

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Dyslexia May Cause Impaired Speech Processing, Not Vice Versa

[Source: Psych Central] This longstanding definition of dyslexia is under review as a new study suggests the disorder may stem from how we acquire skills and habits. Notably, the trials associated with learning do not affect general intelligence. Dyslexia’s challenges in … Continue reading

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