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On Air with Barrett and Lady Law WTAG Radio

On November 12, 2016, Phyllis Barrett Samara (Owner of Barrett Family Wellness Center) and Andrea Quinn (Speech Director at Barrett) joined Lady Law Host of Legal Ease, Attorney Allyson Cohen for four radio segments that aired on WTAG Radio 580 … Continue reading

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Barrett Pediatric Therapists Offer “Toy-Tested” Holiday Gift Suggestions for 2016

Toys We Play with Every Day Barrett Pediatric Therapists Offer “Toy-Tested” Holiday Gift Suggestions If you ask a child why they go to Barrett Family Wellness Center, their response may very well be “to play!” Much of our pediatric occupational … Continue reading

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I Became a Speech Therapist
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I Became a Speech Therapist The gift of helping children communicate has become an amazing journey by Andrea Quinn, M.S., C.C.C. – Director of Speech and Language Department Sometimes the strangest memories stay with us a life time. In high … Continue reading

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Sensory Focus Magazine Reviews Barrett’s First Children’s Sensory Book
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Sensory Focus Magazine has just done a full-page review on Barrett’s first children’s sensory book Applesauce Grows on Trees in their Spring 2015 issue. Check it out by CLICKING HERE!  

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Barrett Pediatric Therapists Offer “Toy-Tested” Holiday Gift Suggestions for 2014

Toys We Play with Every Day Barrett Pediatric Therapists Offer “Toy-Tested” Holiday Gift Suggestions If you ask a child why they go to Barrett Family Wellness Center, their response may very well be “to play!” Much of our pediatric occupational … Continue reading

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Personalized Visual Schedule Boards Now Available to You at Barrett
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Every child learns how to schedule their time differently.  For some, a visual schedule board is a wonderful resource to keep everyone on track.  So many parents have asked us how to implement schedule boards for home use that we … Continue reading

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Mini Sensory Spaces Help Things Go More Smoothly
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As you fill busy days of the holiday season with extra activities and longer to do lists, things may go more smoothly with your children if you set up mini sensory spaces. For example, If you find you will be … Continue reading

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Creating a Sensory Space at Home – Free Workshop at Barrett
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With the cold weather coming, and children most likely about to spend more time indoors, it is a perfect time to create a special interior space where child(ren) can play while meeting their sensory needs. We would like to invite … Continue reading

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Barrett’s Feeding Therapy: A Cooperative Approach
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As parents, we have all had our mealtime battles with children. We introduce healthy foods. We coax, we season, we may even disguise foods that we haven’t had success with in an attempt to get them into growing bodies. For … Continue reading

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Supporting Those Around Us: Join Us For a Community Fundraiser
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Phyllis Barrett Samara, OTR/L, is the founder of Barrett Family Wellness Center. She is also a Certified Sensory Integration Therapist. Barrett’s dedication to the wellness of the client and their family extends out into the community. We are excited for … Continue reading

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Barrett’s Summer Sensory Game Begins! First Suggestion: Water Playtime
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From June 25th to August 25th, each time you submit a video, picture, or post of your child’s sensory play to Barrett’s facebook page, your child’s name will be entered into that week’s prize raffle for an ice cream cone … Continue reading

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Sharks, Fish, and Oceans in a Bottle!
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Preschool Playtime:Ocean Theme: May 16, 2012 To watch a Windows Media Video about Preschool Playtime, Click Here. To watch a YouTube Video version, Click Here. Each session of Preschool Playtime has a fun theme which distracts the children enough to … Continue reading

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The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation is Requesting Help
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The last chance for inclusion of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in the revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) has arrived. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has announced the third and final opportunity for public feedback. The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation … Continue reading

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Helping Farmer Ted: Eggs, Lost Amimals, and Planting!
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Preschool Playtime: Helping Farmer Ted Theme: May 9, 2012 To watch a Windows Media Video about Preschool Playtime, Click Here. To watch a YouTube Video version, Click Here. Each session of Preschool Playtime has a fun theme which distracts the … Continue reading

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May is Better Speech and Hearing Month
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Did you know that May is Better Speech and Hearing Month? The following is a press release put out by The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) that I thought might be of interest to you. CELEBRATE BETTER HEARING AND SPEECH MONTH … Continue reading

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Construction Trucks, Course, and Tracks!
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Preschool Playtime: Construction Theme: May 2, 2012 To watch a Windows Media Video about Preschool Playtime, Click Here. To watch a YouTube Video version, Click Here. Each session of Preschool Playtime has a fun theme which distracts the children enough … Continue reading

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FREE Trial of Preschool Playtime This Week! Come Check it Out!
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The next session of Preschool Playtime starts May 2, 2012, but you can try it out before you sign up by coming to a FREE trial class!  Just call 508-898-2688 to preregister! Ages 2.5-3.5, Wednesday, April 25th from 9:15-10AM Ages … Continue reading

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The 5th Annual World Autism Awareness Day:Monday, April 2
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At Barrett, we treat children with Autism disorders everyday through Occupational, Speech and Sensory Integration Therapies.  We have seen the benefits of early diagnosis and the joy in watching children blossom with treatment plans specific to their needs. I was … Continue reading

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Rainbow Colors in Balls, Flowers, and Fruit Loop Necklaces
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REGISTER NOW for the next Preschool Playtime Session which starts May 2, 2012. To watch a Windows Media Video about it, Click Here. To watch a You Tube Video about it, Click Here. Preschool Playtime: Colors of the Rainbow (March … Continue reading

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Bulb Planting, Butterfly Collecting and Adding Leaves to Trees
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The next Preschool Playtime Session starts May 2, 2012. To watch a Windows Media Video about it, Click Here. To watch a You Tube Video about it, Click Here. Preschool Playtime: Spring Has Sprung! (March 21, 2012) Meets Wednesday Mornings … Continue reading

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Announcing FREE Spring Workshop Series
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We are excited to be able to offer you our Spring 2012 Workshop series for FREE this season. While our therapists include contact time with Parents after EACH session to discuss progress made and home programs to continue improvements between … Continue reading

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An Irish Adventure of Balance, Strength, and Concentration
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Creative Yoga (ages 4-7) is a 7 week program meeting Saturdays from 1-2pm. The current session is full and running from March 3 – April 14, 2012. If you are interested in attending our next session, please call to register … Continue reading

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Open House at Barrett, Saturday, April 14th from 10AM-Noon
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Please join us at Barrett’s Annual Open House on Saturday, April 14th from 10 AM -noon!!! We will play in our 1,000 sf sensory gym, take a center-wide scavenger hunt, and have a raffle giveaway! No need to pre-register, just … Continue reading

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Shamrocks Paths, Hidden Gold, and Rainbows with Glitter
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The next Preschool Playtime Session starts May 2, 2012. To watch a Windows Media Video about it, Click Here. To watch a You Tube Video about it, Click Here. Preschool Playtime: St. Patrick’s Day Theme (March 14, 2012) Meets Wednesday … Continue reading

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Strength, Balance and Breath
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Creative Yoga (ages 4-7) is a 7 week program meeting Saturdays from 1-2pm. The current session is full and running from March 3 – April 14, 2012. If you are interested in attending our next session, please call to register … Continue reading

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Weather: Balloon Raindrops, Ribbon Sunshine, and Wind Painting
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The next Preschool Playtime Session starts May 2, 2012.  To watch a Windows Media Video about it, Click Here.  To watch a You Tube Video about it, Click Here. Preschool Playtime: Weather Theme (March 7, 2012) Meets Wednesday Mornings from … Continue reading

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An Entertaining Alien May Facilitate Language: Pogg an iPad App
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Here at Barrett we service children from one year old through the teenage years with a variety of disorders from developmental and articulation delays to children on the autism spectrum. We are keeping up with trending technology and have found … Continue reading

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Introducing Breathing and Postures, an Undersea Adventure, and a Sun Salutation Promoting Strength and Flexibility
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Creative Yoga (ages 4-7) is a 7 week program meeting Saturdays from 1-2pm.  The current session is full and running from March 3 – April 14, 2012.  If you are interested in attending our next session, please call to register at 508-898-2688. … Continue reading

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Core Strength Fishing, Ocean Jumping, and Fine Motor “Sea in a Bottle”
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Preschool Playtime: Deep Sea Theme (February 15, 2012) Meets Wednesday Mornings from 9:15-10AM Each session of Preschool Playtime has a fun theme which distracts the children enough to not realize all the hard work they are accomplishing with their large … Continue reading

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Match-Making, Swinging, AND Decorating
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Preschool Playtime’s Valentine’s Day Session NOTE: The Next Session of Preschool Playtime begins Wednesday, February 15th! Please check out this Preschool Playtime Video OR The YouTube Version of The Video OR call 508-898-2688 for more information.   Today we celebrated … Continue reading

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Large, Fine and Sensory Work Packaged As Playtime Works!
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NOTE: The Next Session of Preschool Playtime begins Wednesday, February 15th! Please check out this Preschool Playtime Video OR The YouTube Version of The Video OR call 508-898-2688 for more information. Preschool Playtime: Weather Theme (February 1, 2012) Meets Wednesday Mornings … Continue reading

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Yoga Anyone?
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Creative Yoga is a new program at Barrett for children ages 4 to 7.  It will run Saturdays, March 3 – April 14th from 1-2PM.  To watch a short video about it, please click one of the links below.  If you … Continue reading

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Free Trial Classes for Winter Preschool Playtime (December 14th & 15th)
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Winter Preschool Playtime (6 week sessions) Come play in our 1,000 sf sensory gym filled with toys and suspension equipment! Where: 107 Otis Street, Northborough Minimum of 4, Maximum of 6 Cost: $100/child for each six week session ($90/child if … Continue reading

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A Video Invitation to our Introduction to Sensory Integration Workshop
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We hope you will join us for an Introduction to Sensory Integration Workshop on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, from 6:30PM – 8:30PM at Barrett Family Wellness Center, 107 Otis Street, Northborough, MA.  Please register at 508-898-2688.  Click here for your video … Continue reading

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Barrett Begins Blogging!
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We are excited to offer you commentary from our staff on current topics and issues across all our service areas.  If there is something you are particularly interested in hearing about, please feel free to send your topic ideas to info@barrettfamilywellness.com.  Please … Continue reading

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