Potty training the challenging child – Where to start?

Potty training the challenging child – Where to start?

Parents have been successfully potty training their children for years. Often, taking away underwear and spending a few days close to home and potty is enough to teach a child to successfully use the toilet. But, what about the trickier child? Whether it’s a diagnosis of Autism or Sensory Processing Disorder, or the skills are […]

Ready, Set … Impulse Control

Ready, Set … Impulse Control

‘Tis the season of the busy four year old child! Each year, we seem to have waves of children working on the same issue. This year, other than challenges with potty training, (so much poop!), we are seeing loads of children with a similar profile. Bright, sweet and goes a mile a minute. Does Aiden […]

Oprah touts healing through relationship

Oprah touts healing through relationship

When the Guru Oprah touts her latest report for 60 Minutes as a “game changer,” you sit up a take notice. When that report is about childhood trauma, healing through relationship and features a Therapy Guru who influences one’s daily pediatric work, you write a blog post about it! Healing children through relationship Oprah’s report featured […]

3 tips for keeping kids active over March Break

3 tips for keeping kids active over March Break

Whether you’re on a family trip or enjoying a “staycation” most parents have great intentions of keeping kids active over the March Break. Are you revved up with plans and ideas, or needing some help to find your inner camp counselor? We’ve got ideas to help parents continue to build healthy brains while on holiday. […]

Self care for the caregiver – a therapist shares her challenge

Self care for the caregiver – a therapist shares her challenge

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Caregivers, Occupational Therapy

One of my favourite quotes is from Brene Brown’s TED talk on shame, where she referenced her “vulnerability hangover” after her speech (on, you guessed it, shame and vulnerability) went viral. Those two words just sum up so much. And, while Spring OT’s platforms are not (yet) attracting millions upon millions of followers, sharing best […]

Why won’t time outs work for my child?

Why won’t time outs work for my child?

Most of our parents complain “We’ve tried everything to keep our child calm and to stop the tantrums and it’s just not working!” Further discussion reveals that “everything” is most often traditional behavioural strategies, such as punishment and time outs. Families are amazed when OT explains the concepts of emotional regulation and why time outs […]

The effect of physical space on emotional regulation

The effect of physical space on emotional regulation

A year ago, Spring OT expanded our clinic. New staff, new programming and continued client growth have made up a large part of the expansion process. But, one of the biggest and most important decisions was finding our physical space. I knew the right space would have a massive impact on the emotional regulation of […]

The expected and unexpected results of building a summer camp

The expected and unexpected results of building a summer camp

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Occupational Therapy

At Spring OT we are very passionate about getting creative with interventions and building programs for clients. This summer, we were ecstatic to build a brand new summer camp, from the ground up. Along with our SLP partners, Cochrane Speech Language Therapy Centre, we made a plan of what we expected and how we were […]

Should my child continue with Occupational Therapy over the summer?

Should my child continue with Occupational Therapy over the summer?

As the weather turns, so too do parents’ thoughts about summer plans. Come spring, our clients ask us for advice; should their child take the summer off or continue with therapy? Therapy during the summer gives families more time As much as we focus on our little clients, parents are our clients too. The best […]

What can an OT do to help with toilet training?

What can an OT do to help with toilet training?

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Life Skills

A very common question we hear from parents at Spring OT is “Why isn’t my child toilet trained already?” As Occupational Therapists, who are experts in promoting independence in self-care, we address toileting with children and their parents on a regular basis. One of my favourite things about being an OT is the profession’s holistic […]