Encouraging Creativity In Your Child
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by kwood@abcpediatrictherapy.com
3y ago
Is your child becoming bored on snowy or rainy days? These are great days to spark creativity and imagination! By allowing your child the ability to be creative without specific instructions or a model promotes independence and problem-solving skills. One way to promote creativity is through “free art”, which allows the child to create anything they desire without “rules” (except for safety, of course!). The amazing thing about free art is anything can be used to create amazing pictures, cars, buildings, etc.! The following is a list of craft supplies likely already in your home to help ..read more
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Articulation or Phonological Disorder, How to Tell the Difference!
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by kwood@abcpediatrictherapy.com
4y ago
If you and others are having a difficulty time understanding what your child is saying and they are demonstrating speech sound errors, your child likely has an articulation or phonological disorder. Don’t let the long names or the word “disorder” intimidate you! These are simply referring to the intelligibility (or clarity) of your child’s speech and can be remediated by a speech-language pathologist. Here is a great chart to follow: If your child is producing some speech sound errors beyond what is typical for their developmental age, and are considered “mildy” unintelligible, it is like ..read more
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First Time Orthotics
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by kwood@abcpediatrictherapy.com
4y ago
Orthotics are used for many different reasons, and can help kiddos achieve their goals. However, most parents do not know what to expect when getting orthotics for the first time. Here you will find some information that is good to know for first time orthotic users. Ø  Wear Schedule – when wearing orthotics for the first time, it is important to know that the kiddo does not wear them 24/7 right away. Their skin, feet, and sensory system needs to accommodate to this new feeling and new positioning. Therefore, it is recommended the child start off wearing the orthotics for about 1 hour, which ..read more
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Tummy Time Tips and Tricks
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by kwood@abcpediatrictherapy.com
4y ago
Look what I can do! At 0-3 months old, I will be able to start holding my head up when placed on my tummy.  At first, I will be looking straight down, but with practice, I will be able to lift it even higher.  Make sure my arms are under me so I learn to push up. At 3-6 months old, I will be able to push up more through my arms so I can really look around.  I will be able to reach for toys and bring them to my mouth.  Make sure I have plenty of toys! At 6-9 months old I will start to move around while on my tummy.  I will pivot and I may learn to move backwards before I am strong enough to mov ..read more
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Torticollis – What is it and how can I help my child?
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by kwood@abcpediatrictherapy.com
4y ago
What is torticollis?   You may have noticed that your baby may prefer to look towards one side, they have difficulty turning their head towards one side, they may keep their head tipped towards a side or maybe they have a flat spot on the back or side of the head. If so, they may have something called torticollis or “wryneck”. Torticollis is tightness of neck musculature that typically causes them to tilt to one side and look towards the other. It can happen before, during, or after birth and can affect their development.  It primarily causes the muscles on one side of the body to become tight ..read more
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Why does my child need orthotics?
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by kwood@abcpediatrictherapy.com
4y ago
There are many reasons why a child may benefit from orthotic intervention at all different ages, with and without a medical diagnosis. The use of orthotics can vary from child to child, however, the main goal is to provide stability while promoting functional ability. Orthotics can range from shoe inserts to knee high braces and more. They can be used to assist with flat feet, toe walking, weakness, poor balance, frequent tripping, leg length discrepancies, and etc. Orthotics are made to improve a child’s walking pattern to as normal for THEM as possible to facilitate age appropriate child dev ..read more
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How Autism is a Gift by Jenn Jordan, Q102 Radio Host
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by Andy Shepherd
4y ago
What do I want everyone to know about autism?  Well, a lot.  But there is one idea that I think if we could all understand and practice, we could change the world. Autism is an incredible gift. Yes, it’s hard.  It’s overwhelming and frustrating and scary and sad.  It’s expensive.  It’s difficult for family and friends to wrap their brains around.  There’s not a ton of support.  It can be isolating and heartbreaking.  There’s sickness and suffering and pain. And there’s incredible beauty. Jakob has made it undeniably clear that he is who is is and no matter how hard anyone pushes him, he’s not ..read more
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