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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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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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What are Sensory Diets and can it work for my Child at Home?

In the world of autism spectrum disorders as well as sensory processing disorders, many parents have heard the term “sensory diet” thrown around as a way to describe a type of pediatric intervention. In order to minimize assumptions and misconceptions about sensory diets, let’s clearly define what they really are and how such diets are […]

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Giving Your Child Chores is Good for Them: An OT’s Point of View

As much as we would all like to throw caution to the wind and do whatever we like all day, life can only continue on a functional level when we cover the essentials. This includes eating, dressing, bathing, working, buying groceries, and the daily chores that keep our homes and our lives fully operational. As […]

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Physical Therapy and Autism

Autism rates have climbed over the last several years. While more children are being diagnosed with autism, additional time and research have been devoted to providing interventions to help children with autism succeed. Physical therapy plays a critical role in the overall care plan for children with autism. Low Tone Children with autism often have […]

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