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Prematurity – Occupational Therapy for

January 13, 2015

What is it? Prematurity is a term used for babies born at less than 37 weeks’ gestation. Premature infants are at greater risk for short and…

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Fine motor checklist

November 3, 2013

Please complete this brief checklist if you have concerns in regards to your child’s fine motor development. Does your child have difficulty with any of the…

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Stuttering

October 2, 2013

What is it ? Stuttering affects the fluency of speech. It begins during childhood and, in some cases, lasts throughout life. The disorder is characterized by…

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Speech Sound Disorders – Articulation and Phonological Processes

October 2, 2013

What are they ? Most children make some mistakes as they learn to say new words. A speech sound disorder occurs when mistakes continue past a…

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Selective Mutism

October 2, 2013

What is it ? Selective mutism (formerly known as elective mutism) usually happens during childhood. A child with selective mutism does not speak in certain situations,…

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Pre-school Language Disorders

October 2, 2013

What are they ?
 Preschool children (3 to 5 years old) with language disorders may have trouble understanding and talking. What are some signs or symptoms…

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Paediatric Dysphagia

October 2, 2013

What is it ? Dysphagia, also called swallowing disorders, can occur at different stages in the swallowing process: Oral phase – sucking, chewing, and moving food or…

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Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD)

October 2, 2013

What are they ? With OMD, the tongue moves forward in an exaggerated way during speech and/or swallowing. The tongue may lie too far forward during…

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Hypermobility Syndrome

September 29, 2013

What is it ? Hypermobility syndrome is a term used to describe overly mobile joints which occurs as a result of the protein collagen being more…

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School Readiness

September 25, 2013

School Readiness What is it ?   School readiness refers to the fine and gross motor, language and communication, self help and emotional competence, cognitive (pre-literacy…

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Handwriting

September 25, 2013

What is it? Handwriting is a complex task that involves the successful use of cognitive, motor, visual motor, visual perception and sensory skills. Handwriting difficulties may…

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