Eye Contact in Children

  Why do we use it? We use eye contact to let a person know that we are talking to them😊 Why a child may not make eye contact? A child may not look you in the eye for several reasons. For some children it can be related to attention. If a child has trouble…

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The Pacifier and Thumb Sucking

When is it appropriate and when is it not?   The use of a pacifier and/or thumb sucking as an infant is common and does not have any negative effects if utilized for a short duration.  If the use of pacifier and/or thumb sucking is persistent for an extended period of time, it can result…

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Maintaining a regular schedule with your child

  Maintaining a regular daily schedule is important to everyone’s health especially a child’s health and well-being. It helps the child maintain a happy state of mind with increased cooperation and less anxiety because they have predictability and structure in their day. • Be sure to wake up and go to bed at relatively the…

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

  When your child is not speaking verbally or is very difficult to understand, you may begin to hear your child’s teacher or therapist talk about introducing forms of “AAC” to them, but what does this actually mean? AAC stands for “Augmentative and Alternative Communication”, and your child will be taught to use a new…

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Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten Readiness Speech Therapy Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Down Syndrome Autism Sensory Processing/Integration Feeding Therapy / Picky Eaters ADHD IEP Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten? Emotional Maturity Separates from parents without difficulty Maintains attention to classroom activities Makes eye contact with adults Independently chooses activities of interest Behavior is easily redirected Uses words to…

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Preschool Readiness

Preschool Readiness Speech Therapy Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Down Syndrome Autism Sensory Processing/Integration Feeding Therapy / Picky Eaters ADHD IEP Is My Child Ready for Preschool? Emotional Maturity Separates from parents without difficulty Maintains attention to classroom activities Makes eye contact with adults Independently chooses activities of interest Behavior is easily redirected Uses words to…

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Language

Language How Do We Communicate? LANGUAGE! Expressive Putting thoughts into words Commenting Requesting Grammar Written expression Receptive Comprehension of what is said Understanding concepts Following directions Understanding vocabulary Understanding written language Speech Therapy Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Down Syndrome Autism Sensory Processing/Integration Feeding Therapy / Picky Eaters ADHD IEP Promoting a Language Enriched Environment Narrating…

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Therapy in the Woods

  Hiking with the family is a great way to relax, exercise, play, learn, and explore new things. From a therapist perspective, this is also a low-stress and fun way to work on your child’s goals, no matter what the discipline. See below for ideas to enhance your hiking experience!   Physical Therapy Climb, throw,…

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