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A Pediatric Perspective

Oxytocin: The “Just Right” Chemical?
May 31, 2012 2:05 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Lately I keep finding articles in the news about the importance of oxytocin. Our bodies release this neurotransmitter naturally from the hypothalamus through touch, warmth and/or close proximity to someone with whom we feel a deep connection. Often considered Read More...
“Scent-sational” Ideas:
May 20, 2012 5:47 PM by Cecilia Cruse
As an OT with a background in SI, I think our sense of smell is often overlooked. Here are some easy suggestions to use olfactory input as a fun way to supplement treatment activities: Add dry JELL-O®mix to watercolor or tempera paints. Or mix up the Read More...
Sensory Processing Disorder Update: A Must Read!
May 11, 2012 10:40 AM by Cecilia Cruse
I received an update last evening from the desk of Lucy Jane Miller. Seems the APA (American Psychiatric Association) has announced the third and final opportunity for public feedback on the upcoming DSM- 5 to be published in 2013. In the newsletter, Read More...
Some Very Special Sitters
May 8, 2012 5:54 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I came across this article on my iPad from USA Today and just had to pass along as this is helpful information! Seems there are several companies popping up around the country that specialize in providing sitter services and much needed respite care for Read More...
I AM......!
May 3, 2012 3:02 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I have long been an advocate of using affirmations for children as part of my therapy sessions. All children, especially the populations we work with, need continual reminders of a positive message to help maintain self-esteem and self-worth which seem Read More...
Best Practice for Private Practice
May 1, 2012 6:08 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Having a pediatric private practice these days is challenging! Networking at the AOTA conference last week as well as an informal polling among my OT friends/colleagues who own their clinics it seems many therapists face tougher reimbursement issues these Read More...


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