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Hunger is psychological – and dieting only makes it worse – Michael Graziano

I decided to take a try at the great problem of our time: how to lose weight without any effort. So I did an experiment on myself. I was ripe for it, …

Why boredom is anything but boring

In 1990, when James Danckert was 18, his older brother Paul crashed his car into a tree. He was pulled from the wreckage with multiple injuries, …

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Hand Strength: 35 Fun Activities for Kids

It’s one of the most common problem areas I see with kids in my pediatric occupational therapy practice: hand strength.<p><i>*This post contains affiliate</i> …

What Are The Signs of Sensory Processing Disorder?

Have you ever wondered if your child has Sensory Processing Disorder? Or perhaps it seems your child is hypersensitive to the stimuli around him? …

Sensory Benefits of Crawling

For some reason our society has decided that if their child walks at 8-9 months then their child is destined to be the next professional athlete and …

Are Jumpers Bad For Babies?

Shares 435<p><b>Jumpers can come in all forms some that are in a suspended contraption and some that go over doors.</b> The use of jumpers can be a point of …

{NEW} Visual Perception Reference Sheet

When reading and applying the strategies in this reference sheet, please keep in mind the following:<p>Visual perception is just one aspect an …

50 Learning Activities for Babies

I have received a few notes asking about ideas of activities for babies. Well, I am a big believer in simple experiences. Letting little ones …

Two Ingredient Silly Putty | Crafts for Kids | PBS Parents

<b>Mix 1 part liquid starch</b> to 2 parts glue. Whatever amount of liquid starch you use, double that amount for the glue. We used 1/4 cup of starch and …

Kids

Lego Story Maker- A Great Digital Storytelling App for kids

July 15, 2015 <br>Lego Friends Story Maker is a good app that kids (ages 6+) can use to unleash their creativity through digital storytelling activities …

This is how your kid learns: The amazing new neuroscience of “brain plasticity” — and how to make your child smarter

<b>(WIkimedia/Oren Jack Turner/Kuttelvaserova Stuchelova via Shutterstock)</b><p>New products suggest they can build a designer brain for your kid. How can parents take advantage of new science?<p>Stephen Camarata PhD<p>August 15, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p><b>What happens to our child’s brain when we parent?</b><p>The discovery of …

The Brain

Are We There Yet?

Hitting the road for a family vacation? If you want to spare your family the hassle of sibling fights, travel tantrums and several rounds of “Are we there yet?” then you need plenty of boredom busters — beyond the usual movies and music — before you head out the door.

Home - PocketOT

I'm always looking for fun activities to add color to my kids' lives. This week, I found a great way to let them not only use color, but to create …

The Walking Dead

_This is the third piece in a three-part series on sleep. Read part one, on falling asleep, and part two, on sleeping and dreaming. _<p>Did you get enough sleep last night? Are you feeling fully awake, like your brightest, smartest, and most capable self? This, unfortunately, is a pipe dream for the …

Sleep

Why Can’t We Fall Asleep?

<i>This is the first piece in a three-part series on sleep. Read part two, on sleeping and dreaming, and part three, on wakefulness.</i><p>Here’s what’s supposed to happen when you fall asleep. Your body temperature falls, even as your feet and hands warm up—the temperature changes likely help the circadian …

General Hospital

The Work We Do While We Sleep

_This is the second piece in a three-part series on sleep. Read part one, on falling asleep, and part three, on wakefulness. _<p>It's strange, when you think about it, that we spend close to a third of our lives asleep. Why do we do it? While we’re sleeping, we’re vulnerable—and, at least on the …

Stop touching things! The role of fidget toys - OTFC

Parents have you seen your child waiting in a room, sitting at a dinner table or riding in the back of the car touching things, grabbing something or …

Tips for Helping Babies Learn to Crawl

Welcome to PART 3 of my 3-part series on crawling! In Part 1 we learned about how crawling develops and in Part 2 we explored the many benefits of …

"Fitting In" PBL

The true focus of PBL is encouraging students to engage in inquiry, explore real-world contexts, and share their learning with others. In the …

How to set-up parental controls on your iPad

Now-a-days, kids are far more technologically advanced than most of their parents were at the same age much less now. This is both a blessing and a curse for us as parents, though. I think it’s great that my 7 year old can pick up an iPad and get his reading and math homework done using a touch …

I once tried to cheat sleep, and for a year I succeeded

In the summer of 2009, I was finishing the first—and toughest—year of my doctorate. To help me get through it, while I brewed chemicals in test tubes during the day, I was also planning a crazy experiment to cheat sleep.<p>As any good scientist would, I referred to past studies, recorded data, and …

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13 Apps That'll Teach You Something New Every Day

Superfood for your noggin.<p>The buzz around "brain-training" apps like Elevate, Lumosity, Peak, and others recently came into question after a 2014 study by the Stanford Center on Longevity doubted the effectiveness of brain games to improve your cognitive abilities.<p>The study concluded that …

So Is Avocado Toast Actually Good for You?

Should we worship avocado toast as much as we do?<p><i>We teamed up with nutritionist McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN from Nutrition Stripped to give us some friendly feedback on how we’re doing in the snack department. Are they good for us? Could they be better? We don’t always know, but McKel does. These are</i> …

How Poverty Alters the Young Brain

New research reveals a strong connection between income and the surface area of several key neural regions.<p>Behavioral scientists have made some truly groundbreaking insights into the cognitive costs of poverty in recent years. We now know, for instance, that scarcity puts a huge strain on our …

Why Is The University Still Here?

Universities are supposed to be dead. These bastions of higher learning have been on Silicon Valley’s hit list for much of the past decade, and disruption phasers targeting the industry have certainly been set to kill in the years since the global financial crisis.<p>And yet after years of efforts, we …