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Sensory Tips for Back to School

By Maria O'Farrell | Aug 7, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  The start of the school year is upon us, which can be great for maintaining consistent schedules, but can be daunting due to the amount of ‘new’ for those that have difficulty with change and transitions. It is essential to manage sensory needs in the classroom for…

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Toe Walking: What Can I Do to Fix it?

By Maria O'Farrell | Mar 1, 2019

Toe walking occurs for various reasons which could involve children with Autism who seek certain sensory input or can be caused by spasticity in the calf muscles in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Toe walking is often overlooked, however, it needs to be addressed due to the physical limitations the can come from it. Is…

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What’s the deal With Weighted Blankets?

By Maria O'Farrell | Feb 28, 2019

Weighted blankets are growing in popularity.  They claim to reduce anxiety, stress, sleep disorders, sensory disorders, ADD, and the list goes on.  So do they really work?  The answer is not as simple as ‘yes’ or ‘no.’  It truly depends on each individual’s sensory needs. What is the science behind weighted blankets? Weighted blankets provide…

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Imitating Speech: What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech(CAS) and How Might It Affect My Child?

By Carly Davis | Nov 16, 2018

By Carly Davis M.Ed. CCC-SLP Early intervention (for everything!) has exploded in the past 10-15 years regarding getting additional help for our little ones in whatever they may need. That being said, you have probably been at your child’s checkup where the pediatrician went through the checklist of developmental milestones. One milestone that sticks out to…

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Tips for a Fun and Sensory Friendly Halloween

By Maria O'Farrell | Oct 30, 2018

By Maria Keely M.S. OTR/L Halloween is almost here! While Halloween is a fun and exciting holiday for children, it can be very overwhelming for children with sensory processing difficulties. Here are a few tips to make Halloween a sensory friendly, and fun day! Costume Tips Some children prefer specific fabrics and types of materials…

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Why doesn’t my toddler want to eat real food?

By Jennifer McCullough | Sep 5, 2018

by Jennifer McCullough M.S. CCC-SLP As a pediatric feeding therapist I get asked this question often. Many toddlers ranging in age from 10 months to 24 months come in to see me because they refuse to transition from their bottle/breast feeding and purees to chunky and chewable solids. They refuse by turning their heads, pushing…

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Reading 101: The Importance of Phonemic Awareness

By Jennifer McCullough | Jul 20, 2018

By Renee Cayer B.A. Did you know that children need to have a strong understanding of spoken language before they can understand written language? This article discusses the importance of phonemic awareness—-the ability to differentiate and manipulate letter sounds— that will surely lead your child to reading success! What is Phonemic Awareness? Phonemic awareness is…

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Your child’s handwriting — more to it than you realize!

By Maria O'Farrell | Oct 18, 2017

As an occupational therapist, I get a lot of referrals to address handwriting.  There are several factors that relate to handwriting success, many of which can be practiced and developed at home! Upper extremity support: Developing the scapular muscles and upper arm strength will allow the child to improve his or her posture and have…

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Be creative to get your kids moving!

By Melissa Anziano | May 23, 2017

Let’s Get Physical! As an occupational therapist, I endeavor each day is to address the whole person in each child. This includes engaging the whole body during every treatment session. I believe that engaging the whole body in fun physical play helps a child organize not only their body but their minds and emotions. Whether…

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