Author Archives: Paula D'Orazio

Kids with LDs: Let’s not DIS their ABILITIES

“Imagine the difference it could make if we focused on the strengths of                   people with learning disabilities instead of their weaknesses.”                     … Continue reading

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Social media “friends”: Are they really?

Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Pinterest. I find these and other social media sites mean different things to different people. For some, it’s all about their “friends” and what everybody’s up to. Some see them as platforms for networking, entertainment, connecting with far-away … Continue reading

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Get Outside for Goodness’ Sake

I was supposed to write a blog promoting the idea of getting outside to play. So, here goes: Go outside and play. Blog’s done. 🙂 Yeah, but when have I ever stopped at just four words? (LOL!) That and it’s … Continue reading

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Why Terry Fox Matters

I remember Terry Fox – vividly. I was very young and can recall little else about that early part of my childhood. But I remember him. And I will never, ever forget him. What Terry Fox did was amazing. It … Continue reading

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Get it done: Focus on Executive Function

Ever notice that, when we hurry, things actually take longer and we’re not so nice to be around? Think about it for a second. We tend to drop stuff, get easily annoyed or even forget to do things altogether? And … Continue reading

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Will play-based Kindergarten really prepare my child for grade 1?

Let’s face it – parents tend to worry when their kid is starting Kindergarten. They stew about how Junior will fasten his jacket, manage his backpack, open his lunch and snack containers and get along with his classmates. They worry … Continue reading

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Backpacks and lunches and laces – oh my!

Got the urge To write an ode, A simple verse No hidden code. Came across Some stuff that’s cool, That you may like For back to school.

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