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February 2012 - Posts

A Pediatric Perspective

Is Smart Technology Changing Developmental Milestones?
February 26, 2012 11:12 AM by Cecilia Cruse
I was most intrigued by a recent study which states that up to 40% of 2-4 year olds and even 10% of babies under age one have used some type of smart phone or tablet already. The news clip included a toddler who could access and move pages on an iPad, Read More...
Remember the "I" in IEP!
February 23, 2012 12:31 PM by Cecilia Cruse
For those of you that are school therapists, the IEP Season may be upon you (or coming soon...unless your system is one that staggers these reviews throughout the year?). I like to compare it as similar to tax season for accountants... a very busy time Read More...
Sensory Integration Across the Lifespan
February 20, 2012 4:49 PM by Cecilia Cruse
This week I have a little more personal note to share. My 88 year old mom (and my BFF) is now entering her 2 nd month of hospice care in her home. Just a few months ago she was still active...playing golf, driving and living independently so it is has Read More...
Check Out this Quick Video for Building Hand Strength!
February 16, 2012 4:31 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Just thought I would share this helpful clip I found awhile back. I present regularly at conferences and in-services for teachers and as an OT, am always asked how to help students with skills like cutting and handwriting. We all know that good fine motor Read More...
The DSM-5 Dilemma
February 13, 2012 9:28 AM by Cecilia Cruse
There has been much talk in the news and online communities recently about the proposed changes in the definition of autism for the new DSM-5 due out in May 2013. See Jill's helpful post from January on this topic . Basically, there is discussion of creating Read More...
Welcome to Our New Pediatric Blogger!
February 8, 2012 3:48 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I was thrilled to be asked by ADVANCE to be a regular contributor to their pediatric blog. For over 25 years now I have been a faithful subscriber to both the printed and online versions of ADVANCE. Over the years I have relied on this resource to find Read More...


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