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Empowering Princess Books for Your Preschooler

Let’s talk about the empowering princess. I’ve got a little preschooler who loves princesses. I mean LOVES. Flouncy dresses, sparkly tiaras, and glittery castles. Really, the more fairy in these tales, the better. Yet, when we recently cracked open a Disney-themed princess picture book about beautiful brides, the story line was, sadly, less than lackluster.  […]

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Best Preschool Toys for Your Christmas List – Recommendations from a Pediatric Occupational Therapist

I am a pediatric occupational therapist. What that means is I help to facilitate a child’s occupation: to play. Isn’t that amazing? A child’s job is literally to play. When you break down “play”, there are lots of skills that go into it. The skills I help my clients develop are gross and fine motor in […]

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Outdoor Gear Recommendations From the Occupational Therapist: Get Out And Play This Winter

It’s incredibly important for kids to play outside, even in the winter. So much value lies in unstructured outdoor play. Experts recommend three hours of outdoor play per day but that can be so hard for us here in New England. For one, it’s freezing and for another, it gets dark at 4:00! As a pediatric occupational therapist, I […]

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How To Practice The Art Of Mindfulness With Our Children

According to Jon Kabat-Zinn (21st century mindfulness guru), “Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” In other words, mindfulness is the practice of intentionally focusing on your current moment and not worrying about the past or anticipating the future. It is the action of being in the […]

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