Please don’t give a pet as a gift this Christmas. The giving of a gift always carries a chance that the recipient won’t truly want your present and it is the pet that will suffer your poor choice. Tess (our mom cat) celebrates a birthday right around the holidays. Coincidence? Of course we can’t verify [...]

Core strength and fine motor skills are both critical for a child’s development and learning. One specific fine motor skill that deserves special attention is scissors skills. Using scissors is not the be-all-end-all of a child’s success in school! However, it is important that children master the ability to use scissors not only so they [...]

Fine motor skill development is the ‘meat and potatoes’ of Occupational Therapy and the number one reason for referral. Generally, “fine motor” refers to the refined skills of the hands and fingers.  It encompasses the use of different tools in daily life (eating utensils, writing utensils, keyboard, etc.) and basically anything that you do with [...]

How Cats Think…

This is Oz (Ozzy), one of our rescue cats, and this pretty much sums it up. With the colder weather and the snow, the cats have all been inside for most of their days and (only 1 week into winter) they are already showing signs of cabin fever. It’s going to be a long winter…

Before I became a parent, I was an Occupational Therapist, working with children and people of all ages with special needs since 1993, and as a pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT) since 2002. For children, their “occupations” are play and school. This is how they learn, grow, and develop. Once I had my own children, my [...]

This November 20th will mark 20 years that National Child’s Day has been nationally celebrated in Canada. This date marks the occasion when Canada adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), spelling out the basic human rights for children and youth. Generations of Hope assists Alberta couples struggling with the [...]

If left unchecked, life can become a series of work, events, extra-curricular activities, appointments and responsibilities and it is so easy to fall down the ‘busy’ rabbit hole. I write this post not as an expert, but as someone who often finds herself being sucked into ‘busy’ all too easily. Don’t get me wrong, there [...]

Teaching your kids about credit at an early age can help them understand more about money matters down the road. Children are curious creatures and they understand more at their young age than we tend to give them ‘credit‘ for. So just like good values and moral behaviour, why not start talking about how to [...]

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