Barrett’s Blog

Staff members from all our treatment areas will be contributing to our new blog.  They will comment on new issues, ideas, and solutions that may be helpful to you and your family.  Please check back often!

VIDEO: We Asked Therapists, Why Barrett?

We asked a few speech therapists to share their thoughts on Barrett Family Wellness Center. They discussed the varied environment options for different ages (sensory gym, kitchen, fine motor room, therapy room); the cross-over options with sessions and groups; and … Continue reading

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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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Giving a Voice

by Melissa Warner, M.S., C.C.C. I have the most rewarding, amazing job in the world. My job enables me to give a voice (whether through speech, gestures, signs, or augmentative communication options) to those who have trouble finding it on … Continue reading

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Every Day and Every Child is Different

by Amanda Nemeth, M.Ed., C.C.C. I love my job. The most rewarding thing about my job is watching children progress from a limited means of communicating to using full sentences. I have students who I have worked with since they … Continue reading

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What I love About Being a Speech Therapist

by Amy Dorfman, M.S., C.C.C. I love working with families and teaching strategies to parents so they can feel more confident in helping their child with a speech-language delay become a better communicator.

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Playing Speech

by Shannon Sullivan, M.A., C.C.C. I feel very fortunate to work as a speech pathologist in such an important and rewarding field. The children and families I work with amaze me every day and I am always proud of their … Continue reading

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My Speech Quilt
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When I reflect on my career as a speech therapist over the past 9 years, I think of not just one favorite moment but many favorite moments. I think of these moments like squares all weaved into one unique “speech … Continue reading

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Happy Better Hearing & Speech Month!
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“Communication Takes Care” is the theme for this year’s awareness month. As a speech and language pathologist, I can tell you that there is no truer statement than that, communication does take care. In life we often take for granted … Continue reading

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I Became a Speech Therapist to Specialize in Feeding and Swallowing
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Most speech therapists are drawn to our field by the idea of helping someone communicate.  I know that’s what I initially thought the role of a speech therapist was about when I entered school.  However, I was greatly impacted the … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Our New Full Time Speech Therapist
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My name is Olivia Howley, and I am the new full time Speech Therapist at the Barrett Family Wellness Center. I have seven years of speech therapy experience. I completed graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology at Worcester State College. Throughout … Continue reading

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10 Fun Food Activities
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10 Fun Food Activities That Will Get Your Child Interacting with the Food You Already Have in Your Cabinet  Make a dry pasta picture  Play in a bucket of dry cereal (you can use small cars, dump trucks, or even toy … Continue reading

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Games in Speech Therapy
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Just about any kind of game can be used as a tool to help treat speech delays or disorders.  The trick always lies in how you present, play and control each game you play. When I work with graduate students, … Continue reading

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Stuttering
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Many people have an idea of what stuttering is and sounds like. However, the silence, delays and pauses associated with someone who stutters can cause others to be uncomfortable and wondering how to respond. Although everyone is different, here are … 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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Assistive Technology for Speech Therapy at Barrett
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At Barrett, we meet with many children who are working hard to express themselves. A lot of our friends use words, but many are non-verbal.   We have found assistive technology such as Boardmaker®and Proloquo2Go™ to be extremely effective tools to … 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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Sneaky Vegetables?
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Ashley Bade Cronin RD, LDN, CSP, Metrowest Nutrition (www.metrowestnutrition.com)  is now available at Barrett in Northborough on Fridays.  To set up an appointment with her, please contact her directly at ashley@metrowestnutrition.com or by calling 617-332-2282. As a pediatric dietitian I … Continue reading

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June is National Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month!
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To celebrate this delicious and nutritious time of year, here are a few of our favorite fruit and veggie activities to share with your little one! Visit a Farmer’s Market- have children be on the lookout for a certain colored … Continue reading

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Language Development Research at Harvard Seeking Participation
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We were contacted by Harvard University Lab for Developmental Studies as they are seeking both typically developing and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD/AS) for a study of language development. If this is of interest to you, session details and … Continue reading

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The Art of Meal Planning
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by Ashley Bade Cronin RD, LDN, CSP, Metrowest Nutrition (www.metrowestnutrition.com) Please note that Ashley is now available at Barrett in Northborough on Fridays.  To set up an appointment with her, please contact her directly at ashley@metrowestnutrition.com or by calling 617-332-2282. … Continue reading

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Barrett’s Summer Schedule Preference Form – Current Clients Only
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It’s time again to start planning our summer schedule for current clients. If you are not interested in being scheduled for the summer please email admin@barrettfamilywellness.com. Current Clients – Please give us your Summer Schedule Preferences by Sunday, May 25th. … Continue reading

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Packing a Healthy School Lunch
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by Ashley Bade Cronin RD, LDN, CSP, Metrowest Nutrition (www.metrowestnutrition.com) Please note that Ashley is now available at Barrett in Northborough on Fridays.  To set up an appointment with her, please contact her directly at ashley@metrowestnutrition.com or by calling 617-332-2282. … Continue reading

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Metrowest Nutrition joins us at Barrett April 4th!
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My mission for Barrett Family Wellness Center has always been to dedicate resources to the children and families of those we service to bring about the best possible wellness plan. Our feeding therapy program has grown this year and with … Continue reading

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Food Play Activity – Potato Snowman
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Your Mother may have told you not to play with your food; however, food play can actually bring about a wonderful relationship with food. This week at Barrett our feeding clients are making potato snowman. Why not try it at … Continue reading

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Report Claims Occupational Therapy (OT) Using Sensory Integration (SI) Provides Better Outcomes
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OT using sensory integration provides better outcomes according to results published November 10th in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  Barrett Family Wellness Center has been incorporating SI into all of our services for more than a decade and … Continue reading

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Barrett Pediatric Therapists Offer “Toy-Tested” Holiday Gift Suggestions
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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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“What is Autism” Free Workshop at Barrett Family Wellness Center

We hope you can join us for a free workshop being offered by Barrett called “What is Autism?”.  It will be held Tuesday, October 24, 2013 from 6:30-8:30pm.  For more information, please check out the attached video.  To register, please … Continue reading

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Now Registering for Fall Social Groups at Barrett

We are now registering for fall social groups – running 40 minutes a visit, for 7 weeks, Saturdays, September 7th through October 19th. These multi-sensory skill building groups were created to help children develop age-appropriate social, play and language proficiencies … Continue reading

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Autism Insurance and Mass Health – Time Sensitive Material

Thank you to the parent who just alerted us to the attached article.  We thought it may be of interest to other families at Barrett.  Please read the attached for details. arica MassHealth premium assistance

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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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Seeking Helpers for This Summer’s Sensory Game!

Would your child/ren like to be helpers by spending a few minutes to demonstrate, on video, how to do a sensory activity?  We will be filming these “How To Videos” this spring for use in this Summer’s Sensory Game.  If … 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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FREE Trial Classes for Preschool Playtime – April 25th and April 26th
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Free Trial classes for Preschool Playtime Being Offered: (Ages 2.5 – 3.5) Wednesday, April 25th from 9:15-10 AM (Ages 3.5 – 5) Thursday, April 26th from 9:15-10 AM Pre-registration is required by calling 508-898-2688. Register now…Space is limited! For a … 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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