Helping Children Feel Hopeful

Helping Children Feel Hopeful

2020 has been a challenging year for families. Kids’ circumstances have changed dramatically, for most shifting from predominantly in-person, hands-on living to remote living and the relative isolation that comes with it. The ongoing adversity, uncertainty, and...

The Power of Destigmatizing Language

One in five people experience a serious mental illness at some point in their lives. In addition to confronting daily struggles associated with mental illness, many people also experience mental health stigma. Stigma is a product of media messaging, hateful politics,...

Sensory Processing Disorder – SPD in Kids Explained

Having a better understanding of Sensory Processing Disorder in kids can ultimately help you support your child to feel more comfortable and in control. Imagine that you are in a noisy room with lots of chatter and various sounds. You start to feel flustered and...

Executive Dysfunction in Kids

Issues with executive functioning can impact kids at home, at school, and in life in general. How can you tell if your child is experiencing executive dysfunction?   Executive Functioning   The brain is a hub for information input and output. It is...

How Occupational Therapy for Children Can Help

Occupational therapy for children can be an effective early intervention. Learn more about how OT can help kids who need it. Fine motor skills are crucial for play time, school, and daily activities. For instance, the ability to grasp toys and write is part of healthy...
How Uncertainty and Change Breed Resilience and Strength

How Uncertainty and Change Breed Resilience and Strength

Challenging Times Spring 2020 was a time of considerable change for families and communities. As we quarantined globally to stem the spread of COVID-19, millions of childhoods were suspended indefinitely. No schools, no playgrounds, no running around the neighborhood...
IEP Plans: Special Instruction and Services for Kids

IEP Plans: Special Instruction and Services for Kids

Overview of Individualized Education Program (IEP) Plans Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) is the educational program to help students with disabilities access their education by outlining special instruction and services they are entitled to rather than the...
IEP vs 504 Plan: The Differences You Need to Know

IEP vs 504 Plan: The Differences You Need to Know

When considering an IEP vs 504 for your child, there are certain things you should know. Learn more about how IEPs and 504s compare.   Regular Education vs. Special Education (or ESE) The most important distinction between an IEP and 504 plan is that an IEP...
What is a 504 plan? Eligibility, Qualifications & Parent Tips

What is a 504 plan? Eligibility, Qualifications & Parent Tips

Can a 504 plan help your child be successful at school? Make sure your child is receiving the protection and support they need with a 504.   What Does a 504 Plan Do? 504 plans are put into place to even the playing field and protect kids with disabilities while...
What is Play Therapy?

What is Play Therapy?

The Magic of Play Playing is a magical and problem-solving part of human nature and has long been regarded as an important aspect of child development. The opportunity to play is even outlined as a basic right for children by the United Nations. Through play, children...