Supporting Young Children’s Language Skills Through Book Reading

Shared book reading, also known as interactive or dialogic reading, is when children and adults actively engage with a book together. This interactive approach can improve children’s interaction skills, understanding of language, sentence development and develop a love of reading. There are several strategies which can be undertaken to enhance the shared book reading experience. […]

Does Your Child Need Occupational Therapy?

At Happy Dots Occupational Therapy for Children we provide services to help children develop age-­‐appropriate self-­‐care, play, leisure and school related skills. Through the use of purposeful activities our therapists help children develop their skills and achieve the maximum level of independence. But how do you know if your child needs Occupational Therapy? These are […]

Why is Early Intervention important?

The first five years of a child’s life are critical for brain and nervous system development. During this time, children learn and develop rapidly. This is the time when their minds are the most receptive to learning new things. A child’s daily experiences have long lasting impact that affects their ability to learn, regulate their […]

10 things you may or may not know an OT can work on with your child

What do Occupational Therapists do? How can they help children? These questions are frequently asked when people encounter the word “Occupational Therapist”. Occupational Therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners […]