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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Stuttering: What is it? What can we do about it?

October 24, 2016

Stuttering

What is Stuttering? Stuttering is a communication disorder that is characterized by disruptions in the flow of one’s speech. These disruptions or disfluencies can be displayed as blocks (of air flow), prolongations of sounds in words, part or whole word repetitions, sound or word reversals and interjections such as “um” and “uh”. In addition to the production of disfluencies, individuals who stutter can also display physical concomitants such as jaw, neck and facial tension, avoiding eye contact, facial grimacing, and irregular hand or body movements. There are two terms that are used to describe the types of stuttering that individuals…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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3 Steps of Motor Planning

October 2, 2016

Motor Planning

Have you ever noticed or wondered why some children are able to ‘pick up’ skills and do things after trying them only a few times so easily, while other children practice these skills over and over and never seem to get it? While there can be multiple reasons for why some children have more difficulty with these tasks, motor planning is a skill that has a great effect on a child’s ability to do everyday activities. In fact, every activity we do that uses muscles requires some level of motor planning. 3 Steps of Motor Planning It may seem as…Read More

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The 8 Senses of the Body

September 27, 2016

all 8 senses

Using All of Our Senses We use our senses to tell us what is going on in our environment and the world every day. For most of us, being in busy, stimulating environments, like carnivals, malls, or schools, isn’t a challenge. However, many children are not able to process sensory information easily, especially if more than one of our senses is stimulated at the same time. Our sensory systems do many things for our brain and body, and when there is a miscommunication between the two, it can greatly affect a child’s ability to engage and interact with others. What…Read More

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Newborn Screenings 101

September 12, 2016

Newborn Screening

Newborn Screening 101: History and Key Facts In the hours immediately following birth, new parents face what may seem like an endless stream of doctors, nurses, consultants, and other medical professionals who are there to ensure the child’s health and well-being. Amidst the chaos, wonder, and magic of the post-delivery days, new parents will meet a few medical professionals who will perform life-saving newborn screenings. To understand why these simple screenings matter so much, it’s important to look at the history of newborn screenings, what babies are being tested for, and what the procedures are. With a fuller understanding, it’s…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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Back to School – Feeding Tube Planning

September 1, 2016

Tube Feeding

It’s September, and kids are back in school! For children with a feeding tube, there are some important and necessary steps to take to ensure that their feedings are accomplished at school.  Here are some of the steps to plan for: Obtain the needed documentation All school districts require a signed doctor’s order and dietitian’s note specifying the child’s tube feeding plan and needs.  If your child has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan), you would want to make sure any accommodations that need to be made around their feeding or tube care are specified in it. Train the teacher, school…Read More

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Hydration and the Body

August 30, 2016

Stay Hydrated

Stay Hydrated This Summer! Every cell and every organ in your body need to be hydrated to work efficiently. To keep up our body’s high demand for water, we must constantly replace the water that is eliminated on a daily basis. How much water is necessary to keep our bodies working properly and to its fullest potential? The amount varies by weight, age, physical activity as well as the individual’s state of health.  View the chart below for a quick guide on about how much water children should be drinking every day. The Science Behind It The total daily adequate…Read More

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