Everyone Goes! Toilet Training Tips for Parents

A key fact when considering toileting training is the long-term impact of toilet training on the family’s independence, resources, interactions and social acceptance. The time and effort invested in toilet training is temporary. Toilet training should not begin before age 18 months It becomes a priority if child is over 4 years old Most children need to be continent or...

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ABC Pediatric Therapy Christmas Tree

Holiday Gifts for those with Special Needs

1.  Multi-sensory: Does the toy make noise, light up, have texture, a scent, or movement to engage the child? 2.  Provide a challenge without frustration: Make sure the toy provides different levels of force required to activate the toy, while also not having too many steps in order to engage or participate to activate the toy 3.  Place: Is the...

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Apps for AAC

*These apps are only available for Apple products (iPhone, iPad) iPad Apps for AAC     App Description Price Talking Picture Board A simple picture board for children containing some 300 pictures organized in 20 categories such as animals, office supplies, toys etc. The names of the pictures is spoken when pictures are clicked. Free Sono Flex A great AAC...

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Effects of W Sitting in Children

  Decreased Trunk Strength: W-sitting in often used in children to compensate for decreased trunk strength by widening their base of support.  This position does not challenge their sitting balance and trunk strength to develop core stability. Decreased Crossing Over Midline: W-sitting discourages full trunk rotation and crossing over midline with their arms (or the ability to shift their weight...

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Child Chit Chat

  If your child is challenged learning to take turns talking and be understood, try some of these tips. First let’s define words you may hear when talking to professionals.   Language is how we communicate our wants and needs. This can be done verbally or nonverbally.   We have to know and understand things in order to talk about them. So,...

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How to Use Pinterest for Home Program Ideas

  If you’ve never used Pinterest: Pinterest is a website that allows you to access the internet in a unique way by creating your own virtual cork boards of items or activities of your interest. On each cork board you can pin items from all over the internet so that you can go back to ideas you find easily for...

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Buttoning 1-2-3!!

  How many buttons can you count on the clothes you or your kids are wearing today? Buttons are everywhere! On raincoats, rain boots, sweaters, dresses, shirts, and pants. Starting at the age of: ___2.5 years old, it is age appropriate for kids to unbutton 1 large button independently. ___3 years old, developmentally, a child should be able to button...

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Fun Fall Craft

Fall tree cutting activity: Cut a tree trunk and branches (different sizes of rectangles) out of brown construction paper and glue it onto another piece of construction paper (you can use blue for the sky or any other color you choose) Cut a strip of green paper and glue it under to bottom of the tree for grass Cut out...

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Outdoor Fun That Promotes Gross Motor Activites

Squeeze in some fun outside activities this weekend while we still have some warm weather!! As you know, outdoor activities are a great way for children to stay fit as well as release some excess energy. Here are some gross motor activities that promote strength, motor planning, balance, reaction time and coordination. Finding a good jungle gym is often hard...

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Importance of Incorporating Visual Schedules and Supports

A visual schedule is something that allows children to see their day or activity in a more organized manner. These work great for kids diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, ADHD, or anyone for that matter! The implementation of visual supports and schedules provides structure, and allows children to know what is expected of them, such as answering “what work” is...

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Developmental Checklist

Is your child meeting their developmental milestones?