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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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Strengthening Your Hands Can Be Fun

Many people incorrectly assume that Occupational Therapy is a field that focuses predominantly on fine motor skills. More specifically, the muscles of the hands. In our past articles, we have given you a taste of many of the areas included in the scope of Occupational Therapy (OT) including crawling and early gross motor development, participation in play,

Role Models

This is a tricky subject. I believe that most of us try to be the best role models for our children, but sometimes that has a tendency to go a little awry.  Like the mother who likes to watch reruns on her DVR, while her family is upstairs “doing homework.” She remains downstairs until it is safe so that no one will have any questions for her about the homework

Going, Going, Gone

It’s the last week of June, the time of year when many parents across the country are getting their children ready for their imminent departure to sleep-away camp. For most of our children, camp is a fun and rewarding experience filled with new friendships and excitement. In addition to physical and athletic activities, kids learn the important, long-lasting

Dear Rabbi Sam

Dear Rabbi Sam,

I am a bit embarrassed to even have to present this question, but here goes. My wife and I were both raised in Orthodox homes. We each have many siblings (I have five and she has seven). We both recall our Shabbos tables as festive, enjoyable, respectful, full of excitement, words of Torah and Songs for Shabbos. Flash forward

The Beauty of Getting Dirty

Think back to your childhood. Likely most of your fond memories had you digging for worms, finger painting or eating pasta (we called them noodles…) with your hands. You probably had some textures that you loved and some that you hated—probably still do—but you learned about the world through your sense of touch. We refer to this as your tactile sense.

Does My Child Need PT or OT?

Watching your children develop can be the most rewarding experience a parent can have.  You develop expectations for your children and hope they will achieve them.  When children are young, these expectations are small.  You await their first smiles, the first time they sit, roll over, crawl or take their first steps.  These milestones are expected to occur during

“If I Am Not For Myself, Who Will Be For Me?”

These words, commonly quoted within the Jewish world, and, I hope, throughout the general population, carry great meaning. As a Self-Esteem Facilitator and psychotherapist, it is my goal to help people understand that caring for oneself is a mandate and that, like the instructions given by flight attendants on airplanes, you must care for yourself first if you are

What is a Desk?

Finals season has entered my home. There is lots of “studying” going on in between the Heat advancing to the finals and the Boston Bruins winning in double overtime (which for those of you who don’t know what exactly that means, it means that the individuals watching the entire game and both overtimes are going to sleep waaay past what is reasonable and

Growing Beyond Me

It was Friday afternoon. My wife was harried as she was working from home while trying to prepare for Shabbos.

Being the wonderful husband that I am, I asked how I could help. “Get the children bathed,” she instructed as if she were a quarterback barking orders to the rest of the team. “Anything else?” I inquired. I told you I was a wonderful husband.

Is Technology All Bad?

We feel that children are being adversely affected by their involvement in sedentary activities and with toys that are technological in nature that do not give children the chance to develop certain motor skills. This is actually ironic because occupational therapy has always been at the forefront of technology and its application is used for individuals with special

Moving? Tips to Make the Most of Your DIY Move

(BPT) - New jobs, first jobs, relationships and looking for a change in weather —these are just a few reasons people have for moving. Most families move during the warmer months, and many choose to move to warmer locations.

“Atlanta is still the top location to move to, and six other warm weather destinations help round out the top 10 moving

Listening To Your “Inner Voice”

As a psychotherapist, and one who has facilitated numerous groups for women, both general groups in which some of the women were divorced or divorcing, as well as groups specifically for divorced and divorcing women, and who has also worked with couples and individuals in the same situation, there is one prevailing issue that I have found to be most salient and