We all have memories of the amazing days as children when we took a trip to the amusement park. Growing up in Chicago, my park was Six Flags Great America. It was so easy for my parents: Plan the day, get some hats and suntan lotion and go! If your child has special needs it […]
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
How do we identify the milestones our kids need to succeed? How fast should your child be developing mentally and physically? Does every child develop on their own schedule or should you compare your child to the “norm”? Milestones are important to be aware of because if children are not in the general range of […]
Air travel with children is always tough. With children along, you need more prep time, you must be extra alert at the airport to not lose track of them, parents and children are a bit nervous, ear pain may ensue, and you may deal with other perhaps loud, rude, or inappropriate fellow passengers. Enjoy the […]
A parent is their child’s number one advocate. If a parent does not act on behalf of their child, who will? There are multiple areas where parents must act as an advocate for their child. Advocating At The Doctors When a parent is sure that a child is falling behind the other children in their play group, the […]
Children worked so hard on writing at school, and they should continue writing over the summer to prevent losing all of the progress they made. Practice makes perfect! Repetition will decrease anxiety and keep them at or above the expectations for the following year. Here are some fun writing exercises you can try over the […]
It can be hard to get children to sit still in circle time or at a desk. Ideally, we can take the time to see why a child may be having trouble. For those that are young, fidgety or distracted, we need to know they are not doing it to bother us, and we need […]
When school is cancelled and you can’t make it to work, you have to come up with creative things to do with your children so you don’t all get cabin fever! Here are some ideas: Snow-Day Do’s: Do start the day off writing a schedule of “Fun” things to do with your child. Do give […]
A 7 year old boy in Florida last November was expelled from school for having a toy gun in his backpack. A year later he is still expelled and everyone from the news to parent organizations are torn as to whether the Zero Tolerance Rule has gone too far or if it is appropriate. Children naturally […]
Writing Checklist Does your child have trouble writing essay’s, paper’s or even short stories? Below is a quick checklist to help you and your child keep their thoughts organized all while writting well! If your child is just learning to write, help them use the checklist by reading it to them as they work […]
A Chicago Tribune Article states: “In its detailed comparison of 50 babies – half of whom would go on to be diagnosed with autism – the researchers in this new study found a steady loss of sociability and responsiveness in the babies who would progress to an autism diagnosis. Those babies’ loss of social skills […]