Beating the Winter Blues

Fun family activities to do during the winter months From our friends at Black Bear Academy     The holidays have passed, we’ve rung in the New Year and now… we have winter! It is hard to entertain children when the Chicago weather hits theRead more

Making the Holidays More Enjoyable for Special Needs Children

From our friends at Black Bear Academy Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are nearly upon us, which can mean travel, time with family, and special meals. For families of children with special needs, these deviations in routine can add stress to an already busy timeRead more

Halloween is approaching which for children, means lots of candy and sweet treats!

From our friends at Black Bear Academy As we approach this holiday filled with lots of preferred food and snack options, it feels appropriate to address the concerns that parents often share about their children and their eating. As parents, it is our responsibility toRead more


From our Friends at Black Bear Academy col·lab·o·ra-tion \kə-ˌla-bə-ˈrā-shən\ noun: the action of working with someone to produce or create something. This five syllable word is a very important word in the lives of families working with a team of professionals, managing the needs of children withRead more

Occupational Therapy: Living Life To Its Fullest™

Courtesy of Black Bear Academy April is occupational therapy awareness month! It is important to know the meaning behind what OT’s do and how they promote your child’s daily sense of success. Occupational therapists work with individuals to promote engagement in meaningful everyday life activitiesRead more

Playing Games with Your Child

From Black Bear Academy Playing games with your child helps to encourage various areas of their development!  This includes, but is not limited to, skills such as attention, inhibition, receptive language, expressive language, sound  production, social language, and social interactions.  Anticipatory Games Anticipatory games, suchRead more

What is a sensory diet?

from Black Bear Academy Occupational therapists determine areas of concern that are impacting a child’s functional performance and their ability to engage in meaningful activities. One major area that impacts a child’s ability to learn and play is their sensory processing skills or their abilityRead more

Back to School Tips from Black Bear Academy

It’s back- to- school time for the kids! There is so much to talk about with your children during this exciting time of change, including new classmates, new teachers, a new classroom and for some, a new school!  In short, there are a lot ofRead more

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

From Black Bear Academy The month of May, is a great opportunity for speech-language pathologists to remind parents of the important roles that verbal communication and personal interaction play in children’s academic and social development. A significant percentage of parents polled reported technology use byRead more

April is Occupational Therapy Awareness Month!

Provided by Black Bear Academy What is Occupational Therapy? Occupational therapists work with individuals to promote engagement in meaningful and purposeful everyday life activities (occupations) for the purpose of successful participation in roles and situations in home, school, work place, and community. (Case-Smith, J. 2010)Read more