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Rolling Through Occupational Therapies

WHAT IS ROLLING BALL THERAPY? This is a great exercise that we incorporate into to the child’s Occupational Therapies. This technique can lower stress levels in the child by releasing particular transmitter in the brain. It does this by providing a safe way to apply pressure and send stimulus input to the brain from the…
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Social Group Session time!

Our Director of Speech Pathology, Andrea Etkie (center) hosted a social group for two clients that use AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) for communication. Both clients, Marissa (far left) and Ava (far right) enjoyed interacting with each other during a fun lunch out! Marissa and Ava used their devices to order what they wanted to eat…
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How to create a language rich environment!!!!

WHAT is a language rich environment? A language rich environment is when you, as a parent or caregiver, talks to the child frequently. This involves many responses from you supporting good behaviors, discussing objects around you, and talking about the actions you are engaging in. WHY is this important? Talking to your child frequently is…
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Improving postural control

Postural control is important for kids with modified abilities. Functional Benefits: [check_list] Postural control during transfers being able to sit up on edge of bed for ease in transfer While sitting on the toilet being able to transfer and hold themselves up for toilet use Eventually being able to sit by themselves sitting up on…
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World Club Foot Day – November 6

What Is Club Foot? [check_list] Club foot is a common deformity of one or both feet that is detected before or after birth, and does not have a known cause. The child’s heel points downward as the front of the foot points inward. Due to this twist of the foot, the calf muscles are short…
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Sensory Integration – Climbing to the next level

The playground is not just for fun but developmentally fundamental! Swinging, sliding, and most importantly climbing are great for sensory integration and strength! [embed]https://youtu.be/8GKS7sfsgvU[/embed] Climbing ladders and up steps is important for: [check_list] Upper body and lower body coordination Eye-hand coordination Gravitational insecurity Control stepping down Strengthening of legs and arms Increases flexibility Builds grip…
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Physical Therapy – Now that your child is walking, what’s next?

What a huge accomplishment your child has achieved!! They have stumbled taking their first steps. Now they have mastered the art of walking! This is a huge accomplishment in the realm of development. However, many of us assume that once our kids are upright and mobile, our job is done, the child has accomplished the…
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International Yoga Day: Incorporating Yoga for Kids & Teens

[huge_it_videogallery id="3"] Attention deficit disorders are affecting a large number of children in schools and at homes. The majority of these children are males, who are subject to a host of interventions, most prominent among the use of psychotropic drugs. Despite the lack of evidence on the safety of drug interventions in children, a study…
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Crawling & Creeping – A Milestone That Should Never Be Missed!

Educators often hear from therapists, “When in doubt, crawl, crawl, crawl!” It seems from the onset, crawling is an amazing develop-mental activity that translates into all kinds of academic success. The importance of a long crawling and creeping period in development is often overlooked by Pediatricians and parents. Many just don’t know the vital importance…
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Trunk Strengthening in Toddlers

Toddlers age is very active as they grow through major gross motor activities during this stage. At this age, your toddler masters skills for walking on different grounds, walking up/down the stairs, running, and manipulating ball. Some children struggle in mastering these skills due to weakness in trunk, hips, and shoulder girdles. Prone activities using…
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