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Parent’s Guide to Occupational Therapy for Autism

It’s a quiet weekday morning for our occupational therapy appointment at Reid Health Pediatric Therapy and my autistic toddler is terrified. “We’re just going to look at it today,” his occupational therapist reassures. Stephanie Van Slyke, OTD, OTR/L, is referring to an innocuous swing. But Big A sees something big

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Parent’s Guide to a Quarantine Halloween, Despite COVID-19

I’m gonna be honest, I’m not a big Halloween person. But do you know what I am a big fan of, especially this year? Marking time. COVID-19 has made the months of 2020 run together. Celebrating Halloween will act as a clear fall indicator. Let’s celebrate our Quarantine Halloween safely

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29 Baby Items for New Moms (Best Products)

The number of baby items for new moms seems endless. It’s not only bottles but also bottle cleaners, warmers, sterilizers, different sized nipples… right? Well, not exactly. As I wrote elsewhere, buying more stuff doesn’t equal being more prepared. However, the accruement of stuff that comes with a new baby

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Our Quarantine Preschool Schedule

Raise your hand if the COVID-19 outbreak (and its resulting stay-at-home orders) made you a homeschooling parent. Yeah, me too. And, honestly? It’s not something I would choose to do. Ever. But the shut down meant Big A lost his morning preschool. And that broke his little heart. Being autistic,

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5 Favorite Hidden Vegetable Recipes for Toddlers and Kids

We all know how important it is to get our toddlers and kids to eat more vegetables. They’re packed full of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients their bodies need to grow. We also all know how picky toddlers and preschoolers can be when it comes to eating their vegetables.

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Using Zoom for Preschool: Activities & Ideas

Zoom is a video conferencing platform that is used to connect working adults. But it can also be used to remotely teach preschoolers! The COVID-19 outbreak has closed schools across the country, leaving preschoolers suddenly separated from their teachers and classmates. Zoom is a great solution for preschool teachers to

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Little A at Two: Schedule and Milestones

Little A has turned two! With a vengeance. The terrible twos are real, man. Remember how he used to lie on the floor when he was sad? Those were the days. Now he screams upon the first hint of experiencing a negative emotion. If I thought non-reactive parenting was hard

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