Rue & Primavera - April 2018

Pediatric Occupational Therapy It Looks Like Playing, Because It Is

3 April Fools’ Pranks

From Earlier, More Trusting Times

April Fools’ Day isn’t what it used to be. Sure, it’s still a fun distraction, with Google announcing “scratch and sniff” digital technology and Amazon declaring new features enabling Alexa to understand your pets. But it’s pretty hard for anyone to genuinely pull your leg in the Internet age. Back when you couldn’t debunk a hoax with a simple Snopes search, things were a little more interesting. Here are a few of the most hilarious — yet somehow convincing — April Fools’ pranks in history. When NPR’s popular “Talk of the Nation” program announced in 1992 that former President Richard Nixon had announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, listeners were shocked. Never mind that he’d been the center of the largest presidential scam in history, but his campaign slogan, “I never did anything wrong, and I won’t do it again,” left something to be desired. NPR even brought political experts on the show to discuss the ramifications of such a move, and listeners flooded the station with outraged calls — until host John Hockenberry revealed that the on-air Nixon was actually comedian Rich Little. Nixon for President, 1992

Swiss Spaghetti Growers Enjoy Record Harvest

Ah, to be as naive as we were during the early days of television. In 1957, a BBC news show called “Panorama” conducted a special report on a massive spaghetti harvest in Ticino, Switzerland, following a remarkably mild winter. The black and white images showed farmers pulling huge strands of noodles off tall trees and prompted hundreds of viewers to call into the station and ask how they might procure their own spaghetti tree.

Every child should be able to live their life to the fullest. Unfortunately, many children struggle with a variety of complications that prevent them from doing so. Tasks that seem simple for many kids may be difficult for others. This is why we offer pediatric occupational therapy for all children who struggle with day- to-day challenges. These difficulties can range from grooming or handwriting challenges to eating, focus, and visual impairments. We empower children to overcome their obstacles in fun and exciting ways. Kids make breakthroughs in many foundational areas. Often, this therapy looks like games or playing, and that’s exactly what we want. Therapy should be like play, because that’s the most engaging way for kids to develop the basic motor skills they need. A typical pediatric occupational therapy session includes a variety of exercises that will strengthen the brain and body. Exercises might include astronaut training, Brain Gym, or Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention. Each session will vary from child to child, but the objective remains the same: We want to help your child succeed. If your child has needs and could benefit from occupational therapy, don’t be ashamed. Our team is here to make sure your child has a transformative experience without making them feel singled out. There is no one blueprint that works for every child. We take a collaborative approach by listening to your concerns and creating targeted goals for your child. This paves a path to success that is defined by you and your child’s needs, which helps foster individual achievement. Contact us today and let’s find a way to bring your son or daughter happiness and freedom.

Thomas Edison’s Amazing Food Machine

When Edison was in his prime, Americans truly believed he could accomplish anything — even a machine that transformed air, water, and dirt into biscuits, vegetables, meat, and wine, as reported by the New York Daily Graphic in 1878. The article was reprinted in newspapers across the country. Thousands of people bought the trick. When Buffalo’s Commercial Advertiser ran an editorial on Edison’s genius in the endeavor, the Graphic reprinted it in full, along with the headline, “They Bite!”

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