The Great Toy Debate

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The Great Toy Debate

This blog was written by Shawna, one of our great OT’s here at TOPS, before she went on maternity leave.

As a pediatric occupational therapist and soon to be mother, I have made the choice to try to only have non-battery-operated toys.

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Goals Are Totally...Fun?

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Goals Are Totally...Fun?

What are your goals after you graduate high school?  How many points do you need to score in tonight’s basketball game for your team to win?  Can you beat your big brother in an ice cream eating contest?  Goals can come in many shapes and forms.  They can be motivating, they can be fun or they can help us achieve milestones throughout our lives .

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The Obstacle of Walking

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The Obstacle of Walking

Getting around in our environment is an important life skill. It not only allows for greater independence, but it also lays a groundwork for many other skills such as exploration, vision skills, play and more.

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Intensity Can Be A Good Thing

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Intensity Can Be A Good Thing

Practice makes perfect, right?  We all heard (tuned out, whatever) that phrase from our parents and they heard it from their parents. And they were frustratingly, begrudgingly correct.

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Sensory Santa Success

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Sensory Santa Success

Each year, we offer a sensory friendly Santa experience that allows families the time and resources to get a picture full of smiles with Santa. Not only is Santa in a separate room so that the atmosphere is calm and inviting, but TOPS therapists are also on hand to help with children on all abilities. We offer time to get to comfortable with Santa, different seating options, as well as a pre-programmed device (iPad) to tell Santa what they want for Christmas. It’s perfect if a child is nervous or doesn’t talk very much. As you can see in the pictures, this year was another success!

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School's Out For Summer!!!

Summer can be an exciting, but stressful time for kids. Learn some strategies to help your child accept the spontaneity and free time that comes with the months of June, July, and August.

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The New Debate: Typing vs Handwriting

Handwriting has many benefits over typing, such as "learn better, retain information longer, and more readily grasp new ideas" Its important to continue working on handwriting before switching to a keyboard.

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