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How much do you think about handwriting? Unless you share a similar profession as myself, you likely answered, “very little, if at all.” Where did we learn how to write? Or how to hold a pencil? These skills didn’t just develop naturally; we had to be taught at some point. Unfortunately, the increasing pressure on…

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Occupational therapy services focus on enhancing participation in the performance of activities of daily living (e.g., feeding, dressing), instrumental activities of daily living (e.g., community mobility, safety procedures), education, work, leisure, play, and social participation. Occupational therapy services can focus on personal development, quality of life, and the needs of the family for children with…

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Occupational therapy practitioners bring specific knowledge and expertise toappropriately address children’s needs and collaborate with parents and othermembers of the team to: provide strategies to facilitate full participation of all children in daily routines; assess children’s developmental and learning needs; plan and implement relevant intervention strategies and developmentally appropriate activities; reduce environmental barriers that limit…

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We are happy to introduce you to Kris Osher, the newest addition to the PediaSpeech Family! Kris is an Occupational Therapist with experience working with multi-age and ethnically diverse children. Kris received a Bachelor’s degree of science in Occupational Therapy and Master’s of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Michigan University in December 2008.  He worked for Cobb…

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Occupational therapy can help students succeed in academic performance and social participation. In the school setting, occupational therapists support academic and non-academic outcomes, including social skills, math, reading, writing, recess, participation in sports, self-help skills, prevocational or vocational participation, and more. The goal is for students to build upon their strengths while developing academic and…

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Autism is a developmental disability that affects how the brain functions. People with autism may have a difficult time relating to the outside world and may have unusual reactions to the people around them. People with autism may demonstrate aggressive behavior that may cause injury to themselves or others. The disorder also may cause sensitivity…

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Sensory Processing (sometimes called “Sensory Integration”) refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. A child with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses. This can create everyday problems such as: motor clumsiness, behavioral problems,…

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Here at PediaSpeech we believe in treating the “whole child” and also offer Occupational Therapy! Occupational therapy helps children with issues such as: Attention and behavior, emotional reactivity, handwriting, fine and gross motor skills, strength and stability, balance, fear of movement or climbing, sensory processing, and self-care skills. For more information on Occupational Therapy visit…

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Set up a work station at home that is designated for homework. The station should be clear of clutter and extraneous noises such as TV, video games, and radio. This structured area limits distractions and provides a well-organized environment for work. Encourage your child to sit in a firm chair with his or her feet…

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