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OT Tips for De-Escalating a Child’s Melt-Down

Before we discuss ways to reduce a melt-down, let’s clearly define what exactly a melt-down is and what it looks like. Popular pediatric occupational therapy terminology includes specific words to describe the differences between a “temper tantrum” and a “melt-down”: Any child can have a temper tantrum, which is a set of poor behaviors exhibited […]

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children- OT’s Role and Recommendations

Some of us television connoisseurs may automatically think of the show "Monk" when the topic of OCD or obsessive compulsive disorder comes up. The character's tendency to wipe his hands, create an orderly household, and neurotically sterilize and control his environment are attempts to create humor and entertainment. However, outside of the Hollywood glamour are the functional […]

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Dravet Syndrome: What is it and what can Pediatric OT do?

Approximately 0.0064% of the United States population has a disorder called Dravet syndrome, a devastating disorder for young children with used to be known as severe myoclonic epilepsy. According to the Dravet Foundation (2018), approximately 80% of infants diagnosed with Dravet syndrome have a present genetic mutation SCN1A (https://www.dravetfoundation.org/what-is-dravet-syndrome/). Unlike other genetic disorders, children do not have […]

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7 Ideas for Sensory Safe Bedrooms

Having a child on the autism spectrum brings different challenges and rewards. For instance, many parents say their child with autism is less competitive and selfish than neurotypical children. On the other hand, there are situations that children on the Autism spectrum face that can cause conflict and challenge for parents such as dealing with […]

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Deep Pressure Activities for Your Child: Why?

For parents of children with autism, you are probably already familiar with the concept of deep pressure activities from a sensory integration standpoint. Some children with autism seem to crave that pressure stimulation, and the results are immediate and calming for their entire body. Why does this work and are deep pressure activities something that […]

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