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Dear Parents: Always State the Obvious

Dear Parents, Too often I have sat in family meetings about a child’s behaviours or mental health issues and have heard parents say “Well, Billy knows not to do that” or “Susie knows that her father and I don’t allow…

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Dear Parents: Apps for Children with ASD

Dear Parents, One of the most common questions I was asked while working in the school program for kids with developmental complexities was “What’s a good app for them?” or “What apps do you use at school?”. So, I thought…

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Dear Parents: Behaviour Basics

Dear Parents, I spent years working in the school system with kids who showed behaviours that staff and parents didn’t necessarily want to see–fighting, withdrawing, meltdowns, etc… Despite a fancy title, my job was actually quite simple. Find out the function…

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Dear Parents: I Love Breakfast Programs & You Should Too.

Dear Parents, It has come to my attention as of late that some people don’t like the idea of school’s offering a free breakfast program. The argument I heard? Kid’s who have a family that isn’t financially ‘needy’ will take…

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Dear Parents: ‘Tis The Season

Dear Parents, Everyone knows that families are responsible for helping to teach their children all of the traditional things that kids need to know–reading, writing, addition, etc… What is not always as obvious, is that parents are responsible for teaching…

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Dear Parents: Did You Know There Are Guidelines?

Dear Parents, I’m sure you’ve already read this in the morning newspaper, but let me catch you up. A series of trusted and reliable organizations, including the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research (HALO)…

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Dear Parents: Use Your Words

Dear Parents, You’ve all had one of those moments where your little one utters something well-beyond their years and you wonder “Where did that come from?”. Or, they mumble something eerily familiar and you know exactly where they heard it…

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Dear Parents

Dear Parents, I saw you every morning at drop-off and every evening at pick-up when I worked in daycares and preschools. I met with you about leaving your child with me for an entire week in an intense early intervention…

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