Author: Sarah Mortensen

Eye on Education: Vision Therapy and Success in the Classroom

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With a new school year just around the corner, families are going through the checklist to get ready for school: shopping for new backpacks, shoes, and even new glasses to match the threads! What I recently discovered is that some eye doctors are trained to evaluate children’s vision beyond an eye glasses prescription. “August is… Read More

How Moms Do It: Transitions Between Home and Work

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 73 percent of mothers today work outside the home. Still, many moms leave the workforce or reduce the number of hours they work while children are young, often returning to work later on. These work transitions can increase stress as parents and children adjust to new routines… Read More

Harper’s Playground: A Place for Everyone

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With spring in full swing, families are filling up local parks all over. One Saturday, I had some errands to do in Portland, and to reward my children for patiently accompanying me, we stopped at Arbor’s Lodge Park in Portland, which includes Harper’s Playground. Visiting a new park is always an exciting occasion, and this… Read More

Building a Whole Beautiful Life as an Adult with Disabilities

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In a neighborhood near Columbia River High School lives a family of five brothers, two chickens and one dog. This family is like most families who have their own daily routines for meals, recreation and relaxation, except the “brothers” are actually residents of Winegarden Adult Family Home. Lyle (names have been changed to protect privacy),… Read More