News, announcements, and feature articles of interest to our PediaSpeech families
Speech Therapy Online-A Success Story
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…Read More
PediaSpeech Goes Virtual
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…Read More
Retained Primitive Reflexes- The Basics
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,…Read More
Using Pictures & Illustrations with Beginning Readers—Is it Helpful or Hurtful?
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…Read More
OT Holiday Gift Ideas
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…Read More
Handwriting, Fine Motor Skills & Pencil Control Oh My!
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,…Read More
Sensory Tips for Back to School
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…Read More
Toe Walking: What Can I Do to Fix it?
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…Read More
What’s the deal With Weighted Blankets?
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…Read More