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Are you a new parent struggling to make sense of it all?  The parent of a child with special needs?  A teacher or a therapist looking for information and ideas for your classroom or the families you serve?  If you love helping children reach their potential using strategies that are effective and easy to integrate, then you’ll feel right at home here!

Baby Bytes is my space to share all the information and ideas I have acquired in my career as a pediatric occupational therapist, licensed massage therapist,  infant massage instructor, and a nationally certified Happiest Baby on the Block educator.  I have been working for over 20 years in pediatrics, and I treated adults and adolescents in physical rehab settings before I made the move to pediatrics.

Being described as an “out-of-the-box” OTR recently by parents online, I am known for my willingness to go beyond traditional approaches to treatment.   I incorporate families into treatment rather than treating children in isolation.  My strongest clinical interest is working with children that have complex neuromuscular and sensory processing issues. My greatest joy is the look on a child’s face when they achieve a skill that they (and everyone else!) thought was impossible!  My secret weapon is my rock-solid faith in a child’s drive to grow and explore their world.

Given the right support and environment, I believe that every child can thrive!  When you subscribe to my blog,  ideas and strategies that aren’t discussed on the average parenting or therapy website will drop into your inbox to help you and help the children you love.

My posts on pacifiers and swaddling will help you understand how newborn neurology can guide your success with babies.  My posts on kids with ASD and sensory processing issues take the mystery out of managing their environment and their responses to sensory input.  I give you practical ideas on how to manage daily life issues like nail trimming and transitions.  My series on toilet training is a great way to get started with potty training or to keep training going in the right direction.

If you are looking for more than blog posts, please visit my website tranquil babies to learn more about my services. Don’t live in the NYC metro area?  You can purchase a phone/video session for personalized support.  And don’t forget to look at my new e-book, The Practical Guide to Toilet Training Your Child With Low Muscle Tone!

This unique book is filled with training strategies for children with autism, children with Down, Prader-Willi and Ehlers Danlos syndromes,  as well as for children with sensory processing issues.  If you aren’t ready to train your child, and you sometimes wonder if your child will ever be ready, then this is the book for YOU!  Pre-training is so essential! I provide clear checklists and instructions in every aspect of training. You get a clear explanation of why the sensory, motor, and social  impacts of low muscle tone are creating toileting challenges for both of you.  This unique book is available on my website tranquil babies,  on amazon.com and on your therapy source .

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Families trust me to give them equipment and toy recommendations with unbiased guidance, so I don’t accept products or reimbursements for my equipment, book or toy reviews.

Take some time to search my site to find the posts that have meaning for you. Write comments about my posts, and give me your suggestions for future topics!

 

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