There is no doubt that as the world watches the tragedy that hit Boston yesterday, many parents are unsure of how to approach the subject with their children. As the story evolves, more pictures, videos and personal narratives are showing up depicting innocent runners and bystanders affected. Sadly, the death toll number continues to climb, […]
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
Many parents are often worried and cautious about their child’s transition from kindergarten to first grade. There are unanswered questions and concerns that the child faces. Oftentimes it may prove beneficial for the child to repeat kindergarten and have another year to develop pre-academic and social skills. Questions that need to be kept in mind […]
Easter and Passover are special times during the year in which friends and families get together for a form of celebration. For many families, these are happy times in which the event is eagerly anticipated; however, for families with children who have special needs, this can serve as a time of increased stress and potentially […]
Moving is already a stressful process without adding children into the equation. Here is a list of life-saving tips that may help to ease both you and your children throughout the transition! Before the move, start preparing the children by showing them books about moving to a new home. Show them pictures of the new […]
The jump into middle school is a big one for many children and families! So many unknowns! Higher demands from teachers for time management and organization, more pressure from kids socially, and puberty hitting, all at the same time! Here are some Junior High tips! Executive Functioning/ Organization Make a daily written schedule and include […]
For many children going to 1st grade is a huge milestone. More hours spent in school, higher expectations for academic, behavior, social skills, and more peer pressure. Here are some tips to parent these kids as “right” as you can before 1st grade: Academics Prepare your child with some online fun academics, flash cards, or […]
How do I keep my child safe? Sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night screaming after a nightmare that my child wandered off and I never found him again. Children with special needs have an even higher chance of wandering off. What do I do to keep him in my sight? This week, […]
With the new movie “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” coming out based on the pregnancy bible, it is important for expectant mother’s and father’s to also familiarize themselves with the possibility that they may have a child with a special need. Of course, the last thing we want to think about when we are […]
As moms, we share our brains with our children or our husband daily. They rarely are just our brains to do with what we please! So, what good tips can you remember while using YOUR mommy brain so that you don’t spend your child’s childhood with MOMMY-ITIS? How to handle your “Mommy Stress”: When you […]
Moms need a break from it all. We need time to enjoy our kids while we are with them and time to re-energize and re-set for the next day. So, here it is: 5 things a mom can do to keep her sanity: 1) Make a daily schedule. 2) Write goals for herself and a […]