THE CASE FOR RECESS: Why We Need to Bring Back Free Play

Are children’s physical and mental health and recess related? You bet. Recess is important. It’s the opportunity for children to move their bodies, make new friends, and jump into imaginary worlds. If done correctly, recess can be an invaluable component to foster ..

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WHY CHILDREN FIDGET: And what we can do about it.

Just over a year ago, we published one of our most popular posts to date: “WHY CHILDREN FIDGET: And what we can do about it.” Exactly one year ago, The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss featured my content in her article, “Why So Many Kids Can’t  ..

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WHY CHILDREN FIDGET: And what we can do about it

A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her six-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). This sounds familiar, I think to myself. As a pe ..

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The UP side of being upside down

Did you know that being upside down actually helps you to be better on your feet? As pediatric occupational therapists, we actually have specific exercises that get children in an upside down position on purpose to help them gain better body awareness. Things like bowli ..

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