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I'm an occupational therapist with close to 20 years of experience working with parents of young children. I often get asked, “What do you recommend I buy?” First, I try to use toys and objects already in the home as much as possible. I understand that starting therapy services with your child can be overwhelming enough without having to buy...

I have strong memories from childhood of playing together with friends. Before I was old enough to explore the neighborhood on my own, I often remember my mother sending me off to “go play” within our home. Sometimes I was alone since my older sister and brother were not always fond of playing together with their little sister. Hence, my dog...

Recent reported estimates in the news have stated as many as 1 in every 68 children in the United States has autism.  It is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life. It affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. The numbers and methods of obtaining these new estimates are subject to debate. What...

It is commonly known that the holiday shopping season is very important to the toy industry. Just last year U.S. retail sales of toys topped $18 billion. Interestingly, there is a trend that could save you money instead of having you spend it if you gift your child the opportunity to embrace his or her creativity. The biggest theme from this year’s Toy Fair in...

Women are known as natural planners.  Many plan their weddings.  Many more plan their pregnancies and create a birth plan.  Yet, not so many have a plan for playtime.  

As a pediatric occupational therapist, I often meet parents that don’t realize how much is involved in play until they notice a developmental delay.  After all, playing isn’t something that...

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