Is Your Child Happy?

All parents want their child to be “happy”. They can go to great length to purchase toys and equipment, to take the child to places, to avoid situations that might create unhappy feelings – anything to make the child feel “happy”. Is your child happy? What makes us and our children happy? Aristotle wrote “Happiness […]

Children problems, childhood development programs, CoordiKids, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, dyspraxia, cognitive learning

By Marga Grey Marga Grey (M.Sc. OT) This unique childhood development program has been developed over many years of clinical experiences with children who suffer from developmental delays and learning problems.  Marga and Lindy have a combined experience of more than 45 years in working with children and their families, addressing the underlying issues of […]

By: Lindy Thompson (Occupational Therapist) Social skills in child development is often brought up by parents, teachers and therapists. Before we get into how you can improve your child’s social skills we need to understand the basics of what they are. That way, you will know where your child is in their development and what you can […]

A sensory diet provides specific sensory rich activities (or sensations) at regular intervals throughout the day. This is specific to meet the needs of a child or adult. For this article, I focus on the child. However, adults can have the same issues. A sensory diet encourages optimal attention and concentration on tasks and prevents […]

Sensations Perhaps we should first look at what "sensations" mean in the context of this article.We have different sensors that provide information to our brain about our bodies and our environment. The brain uses this information to ensure that we are safe by sending messages to different parts of our body in order to react […]

Autism has many different facets, many different symptoms and many different outcomes.  This means we need to address the issues of each individual according to their specific and individual needs, within the frame of reference that make sense to the autistic child and not necessarily to us as therapists or parents.  Most of the children […]

Autism covers a wide range of symptoms, a wide range of individual coping mechanisms and even a wider range of predictable and unpredictable outcomes.  This makes the word “autism” difficult to understand and even more difficult to explain. In my training as occupational therapist many years ago, I found that I had an individual and […]

It is uncanny that Fine Motor and Handwriting deficiencies are one of the most common reasons children get referred to Occupational Therapy. The fact remains that problems with fine motor skills have a major impact on children’s ability to participate successfully in daily living activities such as eating, grooming and dressing.  Handwriting is still a […]

A life lived without play is less than half-lived. Play is the most important activity in which human beings engage throughout their lives. Through playful exploration from infancy we form the basic ideas about ourselves and our world upon which everything else is built. Receiving and experiencing the world through play with a wide variety […]

You do not need patience to work or play with a child. The secret is that you have to present tasks at the correct level for the child. The child will then enjoy the learning process and enjoy participation. Does this still sound a bit challenging? Let us explain how it works. Say you want […]