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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by Allison Baron   A pair of wise men from the 1980s once said: “Be excellent to each other.” That is the heart of World Kindness Day, celebrated every November 13. The folks at National Today — the internet’s #1 authority on holidays — have their finger on the pulse of all the reasons to celebrate throughout the year.…

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OT in the Community: Preparing for Halloween by Lauren Pittard There is so much excitement around this time of year related to costumes, home decorations, and sweet treats. However, some children are scared of the holiday — and not just because of the ghosts and witches.   Halloween is a time of year that can…

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by Takoda Poindexter Mill Mountain Theatre presents the play The Glass Menagerie for all who love classics! With David Federman as Jim and Lauren Wainwright as Laura, the play is a glassy hit! Playwright Tennessee Williams set the story in St. Louis in 1937. The Glass Menagerie is a memory play, and its action is…

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BY NICOLE DEAN The other day, someone asked me what it’s like to be a work-at-home mom. I just blinked back at him, my mind blank. How could I possibly describe life as a work-at-home mom? Only someone who’s lived it can understand the juggling act it requires. Work-at-home moms have the usual responsibilities of being…

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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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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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Where is the best local spot to watch fireworks on our nation’s birthday?  We’ll let you be the judge.  Below are the times and locations of firework displays throughout the valley.   Blacksburg Community Band 4th of July Concert Location: Blacksburg Municipal Park (Caboose Park), 920 Turner Street, NE, Blacksburg, VA 24060 Time: Concert starts…

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“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa The Growing Up in the Valley family is in a lot of pain this week, but at the same time we are filled with optimism and hope. Tracy has been Growing Up In the Valley’s Designer since day one.  She…

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