August 1st, 2018
The Power of Chores: The importance of incorporating chores into a child’s routine
Mary McCollum

Chores are a necessary part of contributing to a household and are a part of an individual’s daily activities. Just as play is important to helping children reach their developmental milestones, chores can help them to learn and develop as well. It is important to know how to complete chores to successfully transition to adolescence and adulthood. Having chores can teach children sequencing...Read More

July 1st, 2019
Good-bye “wipe attack”- Helping children to learn to control their own saliva
Emanuela Breglia

The title of this blog is inspired by a routine I learned from the father of a very special kid that goes “Attaaaack… Of… The wipe!”. He used it to build anticipation and to prepare his son to get his mouth wiped whenever his drooling would get out of control... Read More

Haneen - High Hopes Dubai
June 1st, 2019
Mental Health for Parents of children with special needs
Haneen Jarrar

Parenting is tough work. Parenting a child with special needs deserves a gold medal, and it is safe to say that during the last month I have met some impressive gold medalists at High Hopes Dubai... Read More

Mike Binet - High Hopes Dubai
May 1st, 2019
The “simple” truth of stretching
Dr. Mike Binnet

Stretching is the pleasant, low-hanging fruit of an exercise program. Feeling every breath in a serene yogic pose is, to some, more appealing than chasing the cruel belt of a treadmill... Read More

Lindsay Mawdsley - High Hopes Dubai
April 1st, 2019
Sensory Processing and Complex Needs
Lindsay Mawdsley

We are sensory beings. No matter which way you look at it, we need our sensory systems to make sense of ourselves and the world around us. So how does this differ to a person with complex needs?... Read More

Viviane Cappellari - High Hopes Dubai
March 1st, 2019
Rare Disease Awareness Day
Viviane Cappellari

Worldwide scientific researches, especially in the genetic field, have identified a considerable number of new disorders, or have labeled some of those that do not have a clear diagnosis... Read More

Jonathan Graves - High Hopes Dubai
February 1st, 2019
What does the future look like for children with Cortical Visual Impairment
Jonathan Graves

I am fortunate to be part of an amazing network of parents and professionals devoted to improving the lives of children with CVI, called the Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment Society. Many parents are willing to share their experiences with others who have just received a diagnosis of CVI through online forums... Read More

January 1st, 2019
What did you say?! Helping children who are hard to understand
Emanuela Breglia

Speech is the most complicated motor act that children will ever learn. They must practice controlling more than 100 muscles at once to move their jaw lips and tongue at the right time to get into the right place in order to produce even the shortest word...Read More

Decembber 1st, 2018
Splashing leads to Success – How Aquatic Therapy can support children with complex needs
Mary McCollum

Aquatic therapy is treatment provided by an occupational therapist (OT) or a physical therapist (PT) in an aquatic environment. It is an alternative to land-based services and utilizes an aquatic environment for skilled treatment, and can be used in place of or in combination with traditional therapies... Read More

Mike Binet - High Hopes Dubai
November 1st, 2018
The Art of Sitting Well
Mike Binet

The Dubai hustle is demanding. It takes energy to climb the career ladder, keep pace with friends and raise upstanding little ones. Opportunities for rest can be rare and are all the... Read More

October 1st, 2018
The Importance of Play in Reaching Developmental Milestones
Mary McCollum

Play is engagement in an activity that is enjoyable. Play can look very different for each individual as we all have different preferences and abilities. Play can be boisterous or contemplative, it can occur alone or with others, and it provides opportunity for exploration that allows children to grow and develop. ... Read More

Amanda Graves - High Hopes Dubai
September 1st, 2018
How can I help my child build literacy skills?
Amanda Graves

As a Speech and Language Pathologist who works with young children, my goals often involve literacy or the precursors to literacy. Why? Because reading and writing are language based and children need to be exposed to not only letters and sounds... Read More

Jonathan Graves - High Hopes Dubai
August 1st, 2018
Making progress with vision using a CVI Schedule
Jonathan Graves

Cortical Visual Impairment is the most prevalent form of visual impairment among children from developed countries. CVI is unique among visual impairments because it is one of the few conditions that can actually improve with the right assessment and intervention. Because it is a brain-based neurological vision impairment... Read More

Viviane Cappellari - High Hopes Dubai
July 1st, 2018
Why doesn’t my child want to eat?
Viviane Cappellari

One of the scariest challenges mothers can face is not being able to feed their children. Having a child who is a picky eater has become one of the major concerns for parents. In a recent study, it was estimated that almost 60% of parents who participated were concerned about their children’s feeding 1. But is this really a new issue... Read More

Flavia Leal - High Hopes Dubai
June 1st, 2018
The Sensory Processing of Everyday life
Flavia Leal

The core feature of our humanity is sensory processing. When we understand the nature of our sensory processing needs, we get information for constructing routines and contexts in daily life... Read More

Amanda Graves - High Hopes Dubai
May 1st, 2018
What do I do if my child is not talking?
Amanda Graves

When you look up developmental milestones for your child, you might see charts and graphs with lines or circles that intersect, or long lists of specific skills children should be reaching each month. All of it can be overwhelming. As a mom of three young children, I understand how easy it is to worry about your child’s development... Read More

Mike Binet - High Hopes Dubai
April 1st, 2018
How to be an informed consumer of therapies for your child?
Dr. Mike Binet

Walking the style-bright streets of Saint-Honoré fashion district in Paris, a lighted sign catches your eye.

You want to believe those words but, your rational self whispers, “The perfect pair of jeans is born from the thoughtfully attentive hands of a sage-like tailor. A quietly confident professional perseverating on the subtleties of fabric, stitching and the smallest details of fit.” ... Read More

Viviane Cappellari - High Hopes Dubai
March 1st, 2018
What is Apraxia?
Viviane Cappellari

Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a neurologically based, childhood speech sound disorder. CAS affects the precision and consistency of the movements which produce speech in the absence of neuromuscular deficits. It is an extreme difficulty or inability to plan or program the spatiotemporal parameters of speech movements in sequence, affecting prosody and speech sound production. Basically, the brain knows what it wants to say, but cannot properly plan and sequence the required speech sound movements... Read More

Jonathan Graves - High Hopes Dubai
February 1st, 2018
What is Cortical Visual Impairment?
Jonathan Graves

Visual impairment generally refers to diminished sight, and it's easy to assume that vision problems begin with the eyes. However, the eyes are just the first part in a complex visual system that also includes many parts of the brain: the optic nerves, optic tracts and optic radiations, (nerves relaying visual information from the eyes to the brain,) and the visual cortex (the part of the brain that converts light viewed by the eyes into meaningful images.) This then allows us to use sight in everyday activities... Read More

Katherine Kulp - High Hopes Dubai
January 4th, 2018
What is interdisciplinary care?
Katherine Kulp

While several facilities offer all therapies under one roof, it is rare that clinicians coordinate therapeutic strategies across disciplines to deliver integrated, goal-directed care. Traditionally, each respective therapy focuses on a narrow scope of impairments and addresses those within their discipline’s theory-based framework. This is often the basis of trademarked therapies. For a child with a complex presentation, the result is therapies delivered in silos, with little cross over, and ultimately... Read More

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