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News, announcements, and feature articles of interest to our PediaSpeech families

5 Tips to Thrive in Virtual School

By Maria O'Farrell | Aug 5, 2020

Can you believe it’s already time to go back to school? While school looks very different this year, it is possible to make the most of it and learn from your own home with these sensory friendly tips. 1. Set up a “school” area with multiple seating options It will be important for kids to…

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Teletherapy Ideas that Work!

By Maria O'Farrell | Apr 16, 2020

We made online occupational therapy work in our practice in Atlanta with all ages and diagnosis! Here are some ideas that we have found to make the telehealth delivery method successful….. Admittedly, starting a new method of occupational therapy was intimidating at first, but these first few weeks have proven that teletherapy is a wonderful…

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Speech Therapy Online-A Success Story

By Jennifer McCullough | Apr 16, 2020

We made online speech therapy work in our practice in Atlanta with all ages and diagnosis! The progress we have seen in only 3 weeks is simply remarkable! Each day I wonder in this new world of COVID-19…how did we get to where we are today? The emotions that I have gone through over the…

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PediaSpeech Goes Virtual

By Jennifer McCullough | Mar 19, 2020

Over the past several weeks, we have seen our lives quickly turn upside down as schools, events, restaurants, and therapy clinics have shut down due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The last thing we want as clinicians is to pause therapy, as we know it may be a critical part of your child’s development. PediaSpeech has…

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Retained Primitive Reflexes- The Basics

By Maria O'Farrell | Feb 11, 2020

I have several children on my caseload that are smart, sweet kids, but have so many challenges with sensory processing, behavior and attention.  They hate writing, can’t sit still, and attempt to control situations whenever possible.  If this sounds like your child, the answer to these challenges may be found in his or her brain-stem,…

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Using Pictures & Illustrations with Beginning Readers—Is it Helpful or Hurtful?

By Sydney Hanks | Jan 29, 2020

Learning to read can be such a difficult task for young readers. Research shows that beginning readers who use pictures and illustrations to assist with learning to read have several advantages. However, when addressing reading difficulties, those illustrations can sometimes hinder progress. Using illustrations helps with children learning to decode (sound-out) words, make predictions, sequence…

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OT Holiday Gift Ideas

By Maria O'Farrell | Dec 13, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are a great time to enhance your toy closets with fun toys that promote the most important developmental skills.  Here are some great ideas from our OT department at PediaSpeech Services, Inc. Happy giving! Squigz-  These are a favorite in the clinic!  They are suction…

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Handwriting, Fine Motor Skills & Pencil Control Oh My!

By Maria O'Farrell | Dec 13, 2019

By Cayla Woodburn As surprising as it might sound, fine motor skills impact nearly every aspect of life. Without fine motor skills, we wouldn’t be able to button our pants, brush our teeth, open our lunch, write our name, and so many more everyday activities. Many children struggle with their fine motor control, precision, grasp,…

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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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