Kids Ask Why? Here’s a Resource with the Answers.

From our Friends at Black Bear Academy Why do I have to brush my teeth, Mom? How can I make my friends feel better when they are sad? What happens when we die? Why do I have to eat my vegetables? How am I differentRead more

Participating in Household Chores: How Much Can My Child Do?

From our friends at Black Bear Academy As any busy family knows, the chores associated with keeping a household running can seem never-ending! The good news is that your child can help! Empowering your child to participate in household chores is a great way toRead more

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


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

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