Your ENVIRONMENT matters
As an Occupational Therapist with an interest in environmental health, I look at environment through a unique lens. Thoroughly addressing all aspects of your environment is key to supporting your child's health and development, as well as your own health.
One cannot effectively support infant and child development without also exploring the environment. By assessing and addressing environmental factors that impact health and development, incremental changes can be made that make parenting efforts go further.
The volume of information (and mis-information) about environmental health can be overwhelming and anxiety-producing. My role in addressing the environment is to focus on what we know (the evidence), what we can change, and what your goals and priorities are.
I explore environmental health in two key ways:
1. The 'lived' environment: The way we live (the toys, the noise, lighting, and how our home and our lives are organized) can contribute positively to child development and child health. How we approach our roles as parents is also part of our child’s ‘lived’ environment —it can be helpful to have support to parent in ways that reflect your goals of connected and attachment-based parenting. Further, helping weave outdoor time and natural environments into the fabric of family life can be immensely helpful to mental and physical health. I incorporate an environmental approach into each assessment I do: infant sleep, infant development, and positive parenting.
2. The physical environment: The 'health' of your indoor and outdoor environments is an often neglected component of assessment and action. A home as a complex biological environment, not simply four walls and a roof. Understanding factors such as air quality, water damage, and environmental exposures, and addressing them with evidence based strategies makes a healthier environment for the whole family. I incorporate knowledge and experience about the health impacts of indoor and outdoor environments to guide decision-making in a calm, and empowered way.
one cannot support child development without also addressing the environment
You may find a consultation helpful if:
You want to learn about making changes to your home to make it a healthier, more nurturing environment for you and your children.
You are concerned that your home may be impacting your child's health or development or your own health and are not sure how to proceed.
You want to try using more time in nature to improve child development and behaviour, but need ideas on how to make this work.
A healthy house helps make a happy home. Focus on evidence-based information to identify and implement ways to create a healthier home environment for you and your children.
e-courses, consultations, and online educational interviews
Memberships: environmental organizations
Full Founding Member of the International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illnesses (ISEAI.org)
Member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment -Ontario (CAPE-ON)
“Healing Complex Patients in a Toxic World” Conference, International Society for Environmentally-Acquired Illness (ISEAI), Carefree Arizona, June 2019.
“Environmental Health: An Integrative Approach” Online Course, University of Arizona, Centre for Integrative Health, completed June 2019.
“Targeting Lyme” Conference, Sponsored by Natural Care Clinic, Oakville Ontario, June 2019.
“Toxic Mold Summit”, Online Conference, HealthMatters, Hosted by Dr. Margaret Christiansen, February 2019.
“Basic Principles of Healthy Homes” Online Course, Healthy Homes Solutions Inc., completed December 2017.
how can water damage impact my health?
For further information on the impact of water-damaged buildings on health, the following resources may be helpful:
Hope, J. (2013) A Review of the Mechanism of Injury and Treatment Approaches for Illness Resulting form Exposure to Water-Damaged Buildings, Mold, and Mycotoxins https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3654247/