Author Archive | Amanda Stevens

10 Ways to Have Sensory Fun in the Sun

Summer break is the perfect time to invest in your sensory system.  Neurosensory and sensorimotor integration (big fancy terms for the talk that goes on in your nervous system and between your brain and body) are absolutely critical for learning, focus, attention, and emotional regulation.  You can help feed these hungry sensory systems by… well… […]

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Kinesiology Tape During Pregnancy

What’s with that cool tape? Kinesiology Tape (KT) has been making headlines since athletes have been highlighting their brightly-coloured sport supports during the Olympics and other major games.  What could possibly be a more impressive physical feat than taking 9 months to completely overhaul your physique and prepare for “the main event”?  That “main event” […]

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Probiotics Aren’t Just For Pooping

The microbial revolution has begun!  After teams of brilliant scientists completely mapped out the human genome, they were shocked at what they DID NOT find.  The expectation was that once we decoded our DNA, we would be able to identify and treat specific genes to solve an abundance of diseases. What they found was not […]

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Healthy Fats for Hyperactivity

What your kid’s brain needs for optimum cognitive function Your brain is the fattest organ in your body. It is made up of mostly fat and water and it needs fat to thrive. Even the nerves that leave your brain and travel to the rest of your body are covered in a lovely lining of […]

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Reflux in Infants

Reflux (or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder / GERD) is a shockingly common diagnosis in infants.  There is a lot of controversy surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of this condition in this special population.  My task here is not to fuel that fire, tell parents what choice is best for their specific situation, or replace medical advice. […]

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Tips for Tactile Play

Let’s talk about touch.  Tactile sensation (or touch) is part of the somatosensory nervous system (somato meaning body and sensory meaning perceived by the physical senses).  We tend to take it for granted, but it’s a pretty big deal.  Our brain processes a TON of information every second coming in from tactile sensory receptors, particularly […]

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Lessons Listened or Learned?

Last week I was chatting with a mom about her 10 year old daughter. She was telling me about how her daughter had recently started complaining that her back was hurting. Mom expressed that she thought her daughter was sincere and that she wasn’t usually a complainer, but that she thought it was odd because […]

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