After months of summer fun and laid-back routines, our children are expected to jump right into morning, school, and evening routines. These routines may include increased independence, riding the bus for the first time, or entering a new school altogether. Working together to create a schedule, sensory diet, and clear expectations can help alleviate stress by preparing your child for the transition from summer vacation to school schedule.
Although birthday parties can be a great event, they can be overwhelming for everyone involved. They’re loud, crowded, and can be a huge change in routine for kids. Success within birthday party environments involve creating a plan, or two, that incorporates heavy work, deep pressure, and calming strategies. Knowing your child and what sensory integration they need before, during, and after an event can help build the confidence your child needs to successfully participate in birthday parties.
The goal of executive function intervention is to establish regular routines to maximize independent, goal-oriented problem solving. Check out this article to learn more on executive function intervention and ways to support your child.
This post will aim to explain how and when we can utilize visuals in occupational therapy and everyday life. As everyone learns and communicates in different styles, utilizing a visual aid throughout routines can assist children in staying regulated for optimal levels of engagement. There is an abundance of ways visuals can be utilized. Learn more here.
As part of Better Hearing and Speech month, we want to provide some more education regarding Augmentative and Alternative Communication (also known as AAC). AAC refers to all ways that an individual communicates aside from oral communication. Check out this article to learn more about different types of AAC and how it can be an important part of our kid’s lives.
If you have a picky eater at home, mealtimes can be stressful for everyone. As parents, we just want our kids to eat a well-balanced diet so they can grow strong and healthy. But if a child has aversions to foods, mealtimes can quickly turn into power struggles, standoffs, and negative experiences surrounding this daily activity. Learn more about how to promote food interactions in a non-pressuring way in order to improve your child’s relationship with mealtimes.
An occupational therapist’s role is to help an individual maintain, regain, or improve their independence and participation in everyday life. But what does this mean when we are working with children since they do not have jobs? Learn more about pediatric occupational therapy here.
If your child is struggling with speech and language development they may benefit from speech therapy services. A speech and language pathologist is able to assess speech and language difficulties and create an individual plan to make sure your child is on track.