Thursday, February 02, 2023

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Would You Like A Closer Relationship With Your Teenage Son?

If you are reading this right now, then the answer is probably yes, or you know someone who is having difficulty with their teenage son and maybe you can offer them some constructive advice after reading this article.

The word teenagepresumes your son has become a bar mitzvah, regardless if the event was accompanied by a ceremony or celebration. To


The Crier

Every early childhood graduation has one.  One crier.  One anxious, uncertain child.  One kid who finds it utterly impossible to get up on stage.  This is my child.

This year it was his Kindergarten graduation.  In the past two years’ of nursery celebrations, my son, “J” had been overwhelmed by emotion simply by walking down the aisle that


Strengthening Your Hands Can Be Fun

Many people incorrectly assume that Occupational Therapy is a field that focuses predominantly on fine motor skills. More specifically, the muscles of the hands. In our past articles, we have given you a taste of many of the areas included in the scope of Occupational Therapy (OT) including crawling and early gross motor development, participation in play,


Role Models

This is a tricky subject. I believe that most of us try to be the best role models for our children, but sometimes that has a tendency to go a little awry.  Like the mother who likes to watch reruns on her DVR, while her family is upstairs “doing homework.” She remains downstairs until it is safe so that no one will have any questions for her about the homework


Going, Going, Gone

It’s the last week of June, the time of year when many parents across the country are getting their children ready for their imminent departure to sleep-away camp. For most of our children, camp is a fun and rewarding experience filled with new friendships and excitement. In addition to physical and athletic activities, kids learn the important, long-lasting


Dear Rabbi Sam

Dear Rabbi Sam,

I am a bit embarrassed to even have to present this question, but here goes. My wife and I were both raised in Orthodox homes. We each have many siblings (I have five and she has seven). We both recall our Shabbostables as festive, enjoyable, respectful, full of excitement, words of Torah and Songs for Shabbos. Flash forward


The Beauty of Getting Dirty

Think back to your childhood. Likely most of your fond memories had you digging for worms, finger painting or eating pasta (we called them noodles…) with your hands. You probably had some textures that you loved and some that you hated—probably still do—but you learned about the world through your sense of touch. We refer to this as your tactile sense.


Does My Child Need PT or OT?

Watching your children develop can be the most rewarding experience a parent can have.  You develop expectations for your children and hope they will achieve them.  When children are young, these expectations are small.  You await their first smiles, the first time they sit, roll over, crawl or take their first steps.  These milestones are expected to occur during


“If I Am Not For Myself, Who Will Be For Me?”

These words, commonly quoted within the Jewish world, and, I hope, throughout the general population, carry great meaning. As a Self-Esteem Facilitator and psychotherapist, it is my goal to help people understand that caring for oneself is a mandate and that, like the instructions given by flight attendants on airplanes, you must care for yourself first if you are


What is a Desk?

Finals season has entered my home. There is lots of “studying” going on in between the Heat advancing to the finals and the Boston Bruins winning in double overtime (which for those of you who don’t know what exactly that means, it means that the individuals watching the entire game and both overtimes are going to sleep waaaypast what is reasonable and


Growing Beyond Me

It was Friday afternoon. My wife was harried as she was working from home while trying to prepare for Shabbos.

Being the wonderful husband that I am, I asked how I could help. “Get the children bathed,” she instructed as if she were a quarterback barking orders to the rest of the team. “Anything else?” I inquired. I told you I was a wonderful husband.


Is Technology All Bad?

We feel that children are being adversely affected by their involvement in sedentary activities and with toys that are technological in nature that do not give children the chance to develop certain motor skills. This is actually ironic because occupational therapy has always been at the forefront of technology and its application is used for individuals with special

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