Everything about Sara was uber. Uber smart. Uber talented. Uber needy. Uber physically strong. She was self-centered and had intense sensory needs. Our work together at The Thrive Group focused … [Read more...] about A Mother’s Love
A Poem about Occupational Therapy
This is a beautiful poem shared by a client I had evaluated in Israel. She is currently being treated by an occupational therapist (OT) that I had the pleasure to meet and to train while I was … [Read more...] about A Poem about Occupational Therapy
Snapshot of “Breakfast for Families” Event
The following video is a brief snapshot of the event “Breakfast for Families” presented at Kean University for caregivers and family members of individuals with autism. I was presented this wonderful … [Read more...] about Snapshot of “Breakfast for Families” Event
For the first half of this past summer, I chose to do Mommy Camp which is an alternative option for summer camps and is done at home by mom. Even though I work throughout the year, I made sure to … [Read more...] about Juggling Parenthood
How To Achieve Your Dreams
You are obviously fueled by an intense purpose: to become a world-class mom. But what is a world-class mother? Research shows that being a perfect mother or at least our version of a perfect mother … [Read more...] about How To Achieve Your Dreams
What Do Children Need to Thrive?
The perfect family, the modern day ancestral enigma. It seems as though we’ve spoiled ourselves with television’s finest, offering a smile and fresh apple pie to usher in each and every day. I began … [Read more...] about What Do Children Need to Thrive?
The Heart Of Parenting
It’s true! We don’t really pay as much attention to as we might: Effective therapy is not only about children and their relationship with themselves, but is also about their relationship … [Read more...] about The Heart Of Parenting
Repairing The Parent-Child Bond (For HUMAN Parents Only)
Have you ever felt momentarily overwhelmed, annoyed, or angry and raised your voice at your child? If the answer is no, you are some kind of web-crawling bot, not a real-live human parent, and … [Read more...] about Repairing The Parent-Child Bond (For HUMAN Parents Only)
Video: 5 Tips For Staying Stress-Free When You Host A Party With Kids
In this video short, occupational therapist Miriam Manela gives you easy and effective tips for hosting a less-stressful party for kids and adults. … [Read more...] about Video: 5 Tips For Staying Stress-Free When You Host A Party With Kids