• Friendship Group and Magic

    OT grad student Liz, OT Christina and SLP Laura holding wands and wearing Harry Potter glasses and Hogwarts' scarves during potions class at The Hello Clinic.

    Do you have a Friendship Group? I think the world would be a better place if everyone had one. Our Friendship Group is a place where six- to seven-year-old kids meet once a week and make magic. Sometimes the magic looks like taking turns, perspective-taking, and following directions. And sometimes it looks like Harry Potter-style… (read more)

  • Working on Executive Function and Communication with Board Games

    Board games are a splendid resource for working the developing minds of young children. You’ve probably seen an occupational therapist or speech-language pathologist sitting across the table from a tiny person with a “Candyland” board between them. This is because board games provide a lot of support for developing skills and context through which we… (read more)

  • Spreading Kindness, Finding Beauty and Being Flexible

    Hummingbird perched on bronze and red feeder.

    This young new year might not feel like the fresh start or clean slate we’re all hoping for, yet we’re finding ways to spread kindness, enjoy the beauty of the natural world, and be flexible around the needs of our families. Since you hear from me every month, I thought it would be fun to… (read more)

  • Crystals! An Instruction Sheet with Speech, Language, and Occupational Therapy Activities

    Blue and yellow sunburst with clouds; text reads "CRYSTALS"

    Crystals are, in a word, cool. It doesn’t seem to matter how old you are or how many amazing things you’ve seen in your life, there is just something about how they grow and their infinite uniqueness that inspires a little bit of awe in all of us. So, whether you’re cooped up at home at… (read more)

  • Holiday traditions and winter break

    Two boys mixing up dough at The Hello Clinic.

    Winter officially starts on December 21, and at the end of the month, we’ll all take a much-needed break. For many of us, this school year has been both wonderful and scary with the return to in-person learning. I keep reminding myself that this year has been so much better than last year. But it’s… (read more)

  • Sensory and Feeding Tips for the Holidays

    winter scene with snow-covered pine trees and a squirrel with acorns, with text overlay that reads sensory and feeding tips for the holidays

    This can be a difficult time of year for our kids with sensory processing dysfunction and/or picky eating. Holidays frequently involve traveling or having friends and family around which changes up the routine and their safe environment. There may be extra pressure around the togetherness of the holidays, especially since getting together hasn’t been the… (read more)

  • So much to be thankful for!

    Child's drawing of a turkey with colorful feathers and a heart, with text: "Happy Thanksgiving."

    Are you as thankful as I am that kids 5 and up are now eligible for COVID vaccinations? And that some travel restrictions have been lifted just before we feast together on Thanksgiving and ring in the rest of the holiday season? To be honest, time feels like it’s playing tricks on me since the… (read more)

  • Fall fun, spooky season, and baby names!

    Child on balance ball with a picture of a spider web with green play-doh spider family at The Hello Clinic gym..

    Are you enjoying the crisp fall days? The leaves are beautiful and it’s even been nice to get some rain and splash in the puddles. October is a busy month and it kicks off the “holiday season” with Halloween. I’m loving all the spooky decorations that are popping up in my neighborhood. I used to… (read more)

  • Slime! An Instruction Sheet with Speech, Language, and Occupational Therapy Activities

    How to Make Funny Putty Slime instruction sheet with photo of supplies, including glue, liquid starch, a bowl, a spoon

    Ahhh, slime. The internet is full of recipes for all manner of the stuff — unicorn slime, fluffy slime, glitter slime, chocolate slime, just to name a few — and kids never seem to get tired of making it and playing with it. It’s also a beloved activity here at the clinic, where our therapists… (read more)

  • Where Are All of the Preschoolers?

    white question mark in red, upside down teardrop shape, where are all of the preschoolers written above and below

    Working with kids in almost any sector means that you are at the whim of school schedules, flu and cold season, holidays, summer camps, and vacations. At the Clinic, the transition from summer schedules to fall schedules always means that we have lots of morning and early afternoon appointment spots open up as big kids… (read more)