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Broken Crayons

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My daughter came to me the other day crying “my crayon broke…I need to throw it in the garbage.” “No,” I replied, “mommy loves coloring with broken crayons!” As a mother, I understand my daughter’s frustration over trying to use a small crayon to color. When children are young, they like everything to be big

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Orton-Gillingham Reading Program

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Orton-Gillingham at The Therapy Spot The Therapy Spot’s Orton Gillingham reading program offers tutoring services, teaching children to read, write, and spell using the Orton-Gillingham approach. Our tutors are trained and certified in the Orton-Gillingham method.  Sessions are available in schools, as well as in the afternoon or evenings at The Therapy Spot clinics. Please

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Drawing, Writing, Typing… There are Apps for That!

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For the final installment of this App blog series, I would like to share some apps with you that we use to reinforce drawing, writing, and typing skills. Drawing is a precursor to writing, and children build their skills by tracing, copying, and then forming their own pictures or designs without any model.  Coloring is

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Fine Motor Development… There’s an App for That!

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In a blog post last week I shared some apps that I use to promote visual perceptual skills. This week, I would like to share some apps that are useful in promoting fine motor skills. Fine motor skills refer to the ability to complete tasks using precise movements of the fingers and hands. One great

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Visual Perception… There’s an App for That!

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As technology increasingly becomes ever-present in children’s day-to-day lives, it’s important to learn ways to harness the good it has to offer. As a child-development specialist, I often encourage continued engagement in physical activity to promote development of fine and gross motor skills, social interaction, and overall health and well-being. Yet, it is important to

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What can a kid learn at the grocery store?

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Open and closed, big and small, fast and slow, full and empty – these are all basic concepts that we try to teach our children early on in life. Basic concepts help children learn about and understand the environment. By being able to understand basic concepts, a child will then have the ability to follow

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