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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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How can I tell if my child needs speech therapy services?

I often get asked questions from friends, family, (and sometimes even strangers once they learn what I do for a living) about if I think they should seek out speech therapy for their child. As parents, we want to do our best and make sure our children are getting everything they need, but that is […]

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Pediatric Yoga: A Growing trend among Practicing Pediatric OTs

Yoga has become a growing, common practice amongst all sorts of people across the age span in the United States. In recent years, occupational therapists have taken a heightened interest in using yoga with children. According to Moyer (2014) as well as Feeney and Moser (2014), yoga provides a holistic approach that can address multiple functional needs […]

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Toe Walking in Children

A common question parents have for their pediatrician’s and therapists regards toe walking in children. While toddlers look extra cute prancing around on their tippy toes like the next prima ballerina, many parents are concerned when their child walks on their tip toes. Toe walking is common and often is nothing to be worried about. However, […]

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An Easy Guide to Scoliosis

According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, approximately six to nine million people in the United States are affected by scoliosis. Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Scoliosis primarily affects children and adolescents. When a child is diagnosed with scoliosis, it can be very overwhelming for the parents to work towards the best treatment plan for […]

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