Occupational Therapy – Helping Develop Important Life Skills

April 18, 2017

occupational therapy

April is National Occupational Therapy Month. In addition to working on sensory disorders and fine motor skills, Occupational Therapists take into consideration environmental, psychological, and social abilities. This therapy is not just to help adults learn or regain skills for their job, rather is beneficial for all age groups with a variety of diagnoses to include developmental or learning disabilities, chronic illness, post-surgery, traumatic injuries and birth defects. Occupational therapy (OT) is often provided in addition to Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy and incorporates everyday household items and activities in the treatment. In addition to outpatient clinics and the hospital,…Read More

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Sensory-Friendly Fall Activities

November 2, 2016

Fall Activities Sensory Sensitivity

The leaves are changing color, there’s a slight chill in the air, and everything is pumpkin spiced. It must be fall! It’s a special time of year that sparks the senses. With all the exciting sights and smells, fall can be either beautiful or terrifying for a child who is sensitive to sensory stimulation, such as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, with the right activities and games, children with sensory sensitivity can have a magical fall season. Are you looking for ways to get your child in the autumnal spirit? Look no further! Here is our list of sensory-friendly…Read More

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Jonathan’s Landscape: Career Tips for People with Asperger’s Syndrome

October 20, 2016

career tips asperger's

Jonathan Stewart is an Epic Health Services employee who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Jonathan uses art as a means of expression and therapy. Jonathan hopes that his contributions will encourage patients to believe in themselves and strive for their dreams – just like he is doing every day! Jonathan currently holds two jobs and in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), he is sharing some career tips that have made him successful in his own professional life at Epic Health Services and Raising Cane’s. Career Tips Practice interviewing with someone you know to help improve both…Read More

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Guide to Halloween Pt. 1: Trick or Treating with Special Needs

October 20, 2016

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Halloween!  What an amazing time of the year!  Halloween is a time when kids all over the country get dressed up, knock on neighbor’s doors, and say “trick or treat!”  People decorate their homes, visit haunted houses, and attend costume parties.  This is a time that everybody loves, right?  However, imagine this Halloween scenario instead.  Everyone is getting ready to go outside to begin trick or treating.  Everyone has their costumes on except for Billy.  Billy is refusing to put his costume on because the tag is itchy and he doesn’t like to wear a mask.  Or maybe he is confused…Read More

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Yoga vs. ADHD

October 18, 2016

Yoga vs ADHD

Using Yoga to Benefit Individuals with ADHD With their backs on the floor and legs propped up against a wall, a bunch of highly energized students slowly begin to calm down in their classroom. One student says, “I can hear the air conditioner.”  Her classmate echoes, “I hear kids playing on the playground.” A third chimes in, “I can hear the birds chirping outside the window.” Sometimes a quick 5-minute break to reconnect with your mind, your body, and your environment can be incredibly effective for reestablishing focus and regulating activity levels, especially for those with ADHD.  Yoga can help…Read More

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Fact vs. Fiction: Down syndrome

October 17, 2016

down syndrome awareness

Knowledge and understanding of Down syndrome has come a long way. The first confirmed case of the disorder was found in a person who lived about 1,500 years ago and it wasn’t accurately identified until 1866. Despite all we know about its causes, risk factors, and the wonderful people who live full lives with it, many myths still surround Down syndrome. Here are a few of those myths and the facts that bust them: Fiction: Life with Down syndrome is sad Fact: People with Down syndrome can live full, productive, and happy lives. Parents of children with Down syndrome often…Read More

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How Routines Lead to Success

October 14, 2016

Routines

How Routines Lead to Success As a parent of a child with special needs, your life may sometimes feel chaotic and overwhelming. Although your children light up your world, simple things like getting the children ready for bed can feel impossible some days. What would you do to get a little order in your home? Setting up some family routines may be the game changer you need! Creating routines can be a foundation of security for children and a much-needed source of peace for parents. It may seem counterintuitive, but a predictable schedule and routine gives children the structure they…Read More

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Using Data to Improve Development

September 8, 2016

Washing Hands

Johnny’s Hands are Always Dirty: Why Data Matters You are trying to teach Johnny how to wash his hands, but every time you tell him to wash his hands, he ends up with wet hands that are still dirty. What do you do? Do you know which steps Johnny is missing when he tries to wash his hands? Do you know what to change to help him wash his hands correctly? When asking the question, “How can data help?” this story is a perfect example. If we are trying to teach Johnny to wash his hands, but he is just…Read More

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Keeping Kids with Special Needs Active and Moving

July 26, 2016

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There are many benefits to physical activity and fitness. We know this intrinsically and medically, as muscle movement and aerobic activity can manage weight, stress and a host of other things we deal with in our daily lives. But if you or someone you know has a child with special needs, the challenges to exercise and mobility can be significant. Benefits of Movement and Activity for Kids with Special Needs Keeping your child moving can combat health risks such as obesity, and can lead to many other feelings of well-being and confidence throughout their lives – benefits such as: Improved…Read More

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Water Play is Fun and Therapeutic

July 15, 2016

water

Now that summer schedules have kicked into gear, families are spending more time at play. And that means vacations, camps and fun activities often near water – lakes, oceans, pools and the good old fashioned water hose blast in the backyard. And for families with kids with special needs, having fun through water play can also mean getting good exercise and therapy benefits, mentally and physically. Swimming can be one of the most complete and beneficial activities you can do with a child from birth. And for children with special needs, water play is a great way to reinforce abilities,…Read More

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