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head lice is reality for millions of families every year

The Head Lice Handbook

Do you worry about head lice? If you’re like me just reading those words has your scalp itching and  thinking, “Now I am!” Head lice is a frightening reality for millions of moms every year.  There are an estimated 6-12 million cases of head lice infestation annually.  What are head lice?  Lice are tiny insects […]

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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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Why This Occupational Therapist is Telling You That the Bumbo is a Dumbo

The Bumbo Seat I cringe when I see them on my friends’ baby registries. I know why they’re recommended to new moms: so they can shower/cook dinner/feed themselves/get a break, just for a few minutes. And that’s important stuff when you’re sleep deprived, not getting much help, responsible for other children, and you just NEED […]

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Five (Truly) Healthy Kid Snacks, Part One

I’m jumping into the heart of the subject right out of the gate: kids eat a lot of refined carbohydrates. Goldfish, cereal, bread, frozen waffles, boxed mac n’ cheese, breaded chicken fingers…sound familiar? These foods are both convenient and hyper-palatable (meaning they excite your little one’s taste buds). They’re also reinforced by our government. The […]

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Fine Motor Skills–Get Your Child Ready to Hold a Pencil

As we head into the fall and “back to school” conversations begin, I find myself with several referrals related to kindergarten readiness. As a pediatric occupational therapist, parents seek out my services to make sure their child is equipped to handle the writing requirements of public school. I won’t get started on how I really […]

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