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3 New Ways to Discipline the Child with ADHD

By Jennie Shafer / 11 months ago

Disciplining the ADHD Child Due to the nature of their disorder, children with Attention Deficit- Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are difficult to discipline. ADHD is characterized by trouble focusing, difficulty with emotional regulation, impulsivity and decreased social skills. Types The three most common types of ADHD are: 1. Inattentive/ Distractible: easily distracted, poor executive functioning skills, decreased […]

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Sensory Processing Disorder and Halloween

By Jennie Shafer / last year

Sensory Processing Disorder and Halloween Halloween is an exciting time for kids with the candy, costumes, and staying up late! Heck, it’s a fun time for adults too! But if your child struggles with sensory processing disorder (SPD) or sensory sensitivities, it can become a real nightmare. In a nutshell, SPD is when someone struggles […]

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Teal Pumpkin Project

By Jennie Shafer / last year

Teal Pumpkin Project The Teal Pumpkin is an inclusion based project created by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) to generate awareness of food allergies during the Halloween season. 1 in 13 children have food allergies that can limit their participation in traditional holiday activities. Remember that many children use feeding tubes and have other […]

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Container Baby Syndrome

By Jennie Shafer / last year

Container Baby Syndrome What is Container Baby Syndrome? Container Baby Syndrome (CBS), simply put, is an umbrella term for any physical problems caused by a child spending too much time in a ‘baby container’, which includes car seats, rock and plays, bouncers, strollers, and so forth. This is not exclusively limited to items where the […]

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Zero to Three Month Red Flags

By Jennie Shafer / last year

 Is Your Baby Delayed? Congratulations! You’re a new parent! Hallelujah for little toes and a cute nose! For the first few days and weeks, life is consumed with feeding, sleeping, and finding the time to shower!   Of course your newest addition is front and center, with every aunt, cousin, co-worker, and grocery store stranger […]

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Childhood Depression Case Study

By Jennie Shafer / a couple of years ago

This isn’t an article about how to treat childhood depression as an occupational therapist, but is instead a case study of how I figured out I COULDN’T treat a child. As occupational therapists, we live by the motto “we will find a way or make one”. We are also known for ‘blending science, arts and […]

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Educating Your Special Needs Child

By Jennie Shafer / a couple of years ago

Educating Your Special Needs Child I Need You! Hey y’all, I generally work with children who are of school age and are either about to start school, or are already in one education system or another. Many of the parents report they are not satisfied by the educational experience but don’t know where else to […]

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But My Baby Doesn’t Have Teeth Yet!

By Jennie Shafer / a couple of years ago

But My Baby Doesn’t Have Teeth Yet!   But they will one day! You’ve got to clean your baby’s mouth! It has to be done. End of story! How? Get a soft, damp cloth and use it to gently rub the baby’s gums and tongue, at least 1x a day.     That’s it. That […]

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School’s out for Summer!

By Jennie Shafer / a couple of years ago

School’s out for summer! Most of the parents I work with have already asked a variation on the same question: “What should I do with them now that school is out?” They don’t want their child to regress in skills, but are not sure where to start, or what the best options are for them. […]