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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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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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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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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Homework Tips for Children with Special Needs

October 10, 2016

Homework Tips

Providing high-quality, personalized education to children with special needs is important and necessary. It helps these children reach their potential and gives them opportunities that all children deserve. While your child’s teachers may be amazing, the learning doesn’t stop when the bell rings. When your child gets home, he or she will inevitably face every child’s nightmare: homework. Helping your child with special needs with his or her homework can be difficult at times, but don’t lose hope. With some organization and routine, you can experience that amazing moment when your child suddenly gets it. Helping your child with special…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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What It’s Like to be a Child with Spina Bifida

September 26, 2016

As a society, and in our community, we often use the term “special needs” to describe people who are differently abled. The term encompasses people with a whole host of different disabilities and syndromes. It’s become an easily recognizable way to identify a certain group of people. But have you ever stopped to think of what the term really means? To have special needs is to have an extra set of requirements that, if met, will allow you to lead a relatively healthy, safe, and fulfilling life. What unique needs does a child with spina bifida have? To fully answer…Read More

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Indoor Summer Fun for Kids with Special Needs

August 10, 2016

Indoor Summer Fun for Kids with Special Needs Let’s say that you and your child’s physician have completed the summer medical questionnaire (see blog entitled “Preparing Your Child with Special Needs or Disabilities for the Summer”) and you have checked the weather forecasts (see three-part blog series entitled “Summer Weather and Your Child’s Health” or “Summer Series: Weather and Your Child’s Health”) and you suddenly realize that for the next 10 days it may not be best for your child to spend a lot of time outdoors due to the extreme heat. You then ask yourself what can we plan…Read More

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