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OT in the Community: Holiday Gifts to Promote Play

OT in the Community: Holiday Gifts to Promote Play by Lauren Pittard As an occupational therapist, my role is to promote participation in functional and meaningful activities. Think of “occupation” as anything somebody does to occupy his or her time. Children often spend their time playing, which makes play a very important childhood occupation. There…

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SVH Services: A Game-Changer for Adults with Disabilities

Catherine and Robin Medovich’s son, Nicholas, is 28 years old and has an apartment in downtown Roanoke. That doesn’t sound too out-of-the-ordinary until you know one other detail about Nicholas: he’s autistic. Catherine, Robin, and Nicholas are the St. Vincent’s Home (SVH Services) Ambassador Family this year, representing and speaking out for the plethora of…

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Why the Moral Development of Toddlers Matters for All of Us

by Amy Webb Research on moral development in toddlers offers us amazing insight into how perceptive young children really are . . . and what it means for our social interactions. We, as parents, all want to encourage the moral development of our children. From a young age, we teach our children to help other…

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The Missing Type

by Sandra Pratt H ppy summer! C n y u elieve it is finally here? I c n remem er the excitement f summer v c ti n like it w s yesterd y. Do you notice anything weird in the previous sentences? I bet you were thinking, “Wow, someone did NOT proofread that well.”…

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Dancing Under the Star

by Jacqueline Moon Roanoke dancers, movers, and expressers of self, it’s time for you to rejoice. Open now, in a massive, gorgeously renovated historic space in the light of the Mill Mountain Star, is the permanent home of Star City School of Ballet. Once housing the cafeteria of American Viscose Corporation’s Roanoke rayon plant, the…

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New Name

When my wife and I started this magazine just over seven years ago, we set out to help the parents in the Roanoke Valley—young parents, parents of kids age zero to seven—learn more about what our region had to offer. After all, those are the kinds of parents we were at the time.  As new…

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Prevention is the Key

In our twenty-first century American culture, many of us have a tendency to address problems more reactively than preventively. This is seen in health care when we focus our attention on excellence in bypass surgery, but not as much in preventing heart problems in the first place. It’s seen in the care of our home…

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Libraries are more than just books

By: Tracy Fisher When I tell people I love going to the library, I often get a strange response: “Why? You can get all those books online now.” It’s true, digital options for books are here to stay, and I really do love having a whole bookcases’ worth on my tablet. But I don’t go…

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Hurricane Help

Provided by brandpointcontent.com Natural disasters come in multiple forms and can quickly devastate many lives in a matter of moments. While they all can cause nightmares for those affected, few are as powerful and destructive as hurricanes. That’s why, when hurricanes make landfall and wreak havoc, help is immediately needed and accepted by the people…

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Fire Safety Month

When a fire ignites in your home, it can spread rapidly. It used to be that families had up to seven minutes to escape once their smoke alarm sounded, but many homes these days are built with lightweight construction materials, which burn faster than solid wood. Your family could have as little as two minutes…

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