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Auditory Processing Disorders in Children and How to Talk to Your Little Ones

Reciprocal conversation can come so easily to some children. They hear a command, a compliment, or just a simple question and can respond with ease and often with socially appropriate responses: “You want to play?” “Sure!” Starting at infancy, a little one has to start putting millions of pieces together with their brain at a […]

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Container Babies

Swings, jumpers, exersaucers, walkers, carriers, oh my! The possibilities for gadgets for babies to play in are endless. While these toys are a good tool for parents who need baby to play safely while they attend to tasks in the home with their hands free, extended times in toys that confine babies or “containers” can […]

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Parents on Smartphones: How are you unknowingly shaping Your Child’s Behavior?

First off, this article isn’t necessarily a platform for bashing smartphones. Advanced technology that fits in your pocket provides several daily benefits: immediate access to familial and work-related contacts as well as emergency assistance, calendar apps to map out your day and your children’s day, educational resources from the internet, email and digitalized documents, GPS […]

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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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