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Behavioral Management for a Child: Viewing the Entire Picture

There is nothing quite like being a brand new parent to a newborn child. Excited to start the next phase of your life, you bring the baby home from the hospital and start your routine: feedings, diaper changes, naptime, play time, and bath time. As a parent, you do everything in your capacity to fulfill your child's […]

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An Exercise Ball: Therapeutic Uses for a Child from an OT’s Perspective

For parents who have actively enrolled their child in occupational or physical therapy services inside or outside of their home, have you noticed some commonalities among therapy equipment? Yes, there are the dozens if not hundreds of toys that fill the pediatric setting but there are additional tools that help a child grow and develop. […]

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The therapeutic benefits of playing outside: An OT’s Perspective

Improving technology and the growing comforts of being indoors has many of us, including children, intentionally and unintentionally avoiding the outside world. School-aged kids already spend most of their waking hours inside a school building metaphorically chained to their desks and to their demanding textbooks or computers. Then, once the school bus drops them off at home, […]

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Easy Strategies For Helping Kids With Homework

Homework is a hot debate these days. While some people claim that it is necessary, there is increasing evidence that excessive daily homework could have negative impacts on children’s health. For the time being, however, it is somewhat of an inevitability, which leads to an ongoing struggle for parents. Here is how to encourage your […]

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10 Ways to Work on Speech Language Skills During the Summer

Summer is almost here. School is out, and with that comes the halting of any school-based services until the fall. It also means vacations and other activities that can interrupt home based services. Here are 1o ways to romote your child's speech/language skills during the summer months. Reading. Reading is a great way to continue […]

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The Forgotten Senses: What Are They and How Deficits Impact Function in Children

Here’s the simplified version: sensory systems involve input from environmental influences. Sensory receptors pick up changes to the body, signal to the brain about those changes, and the brain allows the body to react a certain way. For example, the tactile (touch) sensory system would pick up information about a ball being thrown at someone’s […]

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Getting to Know Your Child’s Interests for the Sake of OT Intervention

Parents, foster parents, day-care providers, and guardians of children who require therapy services are in a valuable position regarding plan-of-care development: you know the child better than anyone else involved in their care. You are around them more around-the-clock than any other person in their lives. This means that, compared to an occupational therapist who […]

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Let Your Kids Get Messy! An OT’s Perspective

Parents, especially those of us who reside in the United States…some of us have an obsession with cleanliness. This is not necessarily a bad thing since we prefer that our children play in a clean environment in order to avoid germs and infections. However, do you notice how quick we are to grab that wipe […]

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Cultural Diversity in Pediatric Home Health: Occupational Therapy

Many of us recognize that the United States has earned a reputation for being the “melting pot” or “salad bowl” of the world. We have a wide distribution of cultures and ethnic backgrounds that make our country unique. Our population is comprised of many diverse groups including (but not limited to) Caucasian Americans (61%) Hispanic/Latin […]

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