The Parish School Blog

Mar 22, 2022

Tips for Talking with Your Children About the War in Ukraine

Many of us have been following the events in the Ukraine and are feeling the stresses of war from afar in order to gain a sense of understanding and trying to process what has happened and what will happen. Like adults, children also are attempting to make sense of what they have seen or heard or just merely felt since the war began. It’s a topic that is important to address with our children at home and thus has prompted providing some tips to engage in this discussion in a constructive and helpful way.
Feb 9, 2022

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy helps people across the lifespan to participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities aka “occupations” (AOTA). The main occupations of childhood include: activities of daily living, rest and sleep, education, play, and social participation. Pediatric occupational therapists work with children of all ages and abilities to improve their independence and success within these domains.
Dec 13, 2021

Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress for Families with Special Needs

As our winter break approaches, we often feel the energy on our campus revving up. All the holiday stimulation, which can often make a neurotypical child irritable, usually results in increased dysregulation, meltdowns, and anxiety or stress for our students with special needs. Although no amount of preparation can make the holidays easy for our families with children with special needs, there are some ways to make it easier for you and your child to navigate the holidays and winter break with a little more joy.
Jul 28, 2021

Activities to Help Prevent the Summer Slide

Parents and children all have the same dream – to spend their summer days having fun without the stress and pressure of the school year. However, many parents also worry that too much fun could cause the dreaded “summer slide.” Luckily, there are many ways to have fun while still preparing for the school year ahead.