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 doesn’t my child use the potty yet?” As Occupational Therapists, who are experts on 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 […]

Should I send my child with a sensory or speech problem to summer camp?

Should I send my child with a sensory or speech problem to summer camp?

As a parent, an Occupational Therapist and a business owner who works exclusively with children, I am a firm believer in the value of summer camps for all children. Traits such as resiliency, growing social skills and engagement in physical activity have been proven to develop at summer camp. Summer camps are a safe space for […]

No Apps: Why we promote relationship over apps in OT intervention with our kids

No Apps: Why we promote relationship over apps in OT intervention with our kids

A few years ago, I was approached by a preschool to provide OT services to Jane, a child with a diagnosis of Selective Mutism. I had yet to work with anyone with this diagnosis, so I turned to the research. The Selective Mutism Association provided me with great information, explaining that the core issue of […]