,Spring break is here. You decided to take the week off work and have a “Staycation” with your family. Now what? Use this time to enjoy with your family…but don’t derail a schedule and development the school year brings. Spring Break Staycation Do’s: Do start the day off writing a schedule of “Fun” things to […]
About Deborah Michael
Deborah Michael, MS, OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of North Shore Pediatric Therapy. She is a professional advisory committee member of the Autism Society of Illinois.
She is also a mother of five children. Her life’s passion has been to improve the lives of children and their families.
Entries by Deborah Michael
North Shore Pediatric Therapy is proud to officially open its 6th location in Lincolnwood, IL. The Lincolnwood clinic was chosen after many local schools, parents and pediatricians expressed the need for services such as speech therapy, physical therapy, social work, applied behavior analysis and occupational therapy closer to the Lincolnwood, Skokie, Winnetka, Wilmette and Park […]
Are you an occupational therapist? One fabulous tool to have in your toolbox to help your clients achieve their goals is a beanbag. Beanbags can make reaching therapy goals super fun! They are safe, versatile and inexpensive (you can even make them with some fabric and beans). Here are my top five […]
What is one seemingly positive characteristic of a bully? Great leadership skills. They can gather a group of followers and move in a pack to accomplish a lot. Most bullies use this skill for negative outcomes, but think of what good could be accomplished if we taught bullies to use this strength for good? We […]
With the changes in science and technology, there has been major changes and adaptations with pediatric therapy. There are many applications available that provide therapists and children with technological support. These applications can be found on a variety of sources such as, but not limited to, the iPad, Kinect, Wii, Kindle, etc. There has been […]
Everyone (children and adults both) have sensory issues and concerns. As adults, we often learn to avoid noxious sensory inputs that we find to be bothersome. Oftentimes, children are unable to avoid the sensory concerns that they find to be bothersome. These sensory concerns can at times have a significant impact on a child’s social, […]
With the end of the school year quickly approaching, parents are often left to wonder about what to do during the summer to ensure that the transition to the next school year goes smoothly. One key piece of information in determining summer plans is the content presented in your child’s final report card. It is vital […]
Taking a flight with kids is hard enough! Flying with a child with Sensory Integration takes special planning! Sensory Processing Disorder/Sensory Integration (SPD) occurs when the nervous system has difficulty regulating, processing, and interpreting information from one or more of the senses. Different children perceive and process sensory information differently. Some children find loud noises scary, while others […]
What does mom want for mothers day? Listen up Dads, because we have compiled the top 10 gifts moms have opened up to us about wanting for Mother’s Day! For my kids to behave To sleep in Breakfast in Bed A new diamond A new puppy A free day to do what I want while […]
After a major storm when your kids have been up all night scared and crying, the worst thing to see in the morning is a flooded street and basement. Now you are cranky and tired, the kids have had it, and its time to assess the damage. Why are kids frightened of thunderstorms and what […]