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 […]

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 […]

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 […]