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A Pediatric Perspective

The Weighted Vest Debate
September 26, 2014 1:45 PM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
A recent discussion arose in the " Pediatric Occupational Therapists " Facebook group about the usefulness of weighted vests. The writer posted that there are numerous studies showing weighted vests are not an effective intervention in the pediatric population. Read More...
September 22, 2014 9:49 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Yesterday morning on the way to work I was listening to WWYZ, the local country music station. The two guys on the morning show (Broadway and Don Juan) were talking about a woman who had just called in. She was upset that she had been at the grocery store Read More...
Infant Autism Study
September 12, 2014 9:24 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I'm sure you've heard by now about the recent study done by researchers at the University of California regarding Autism and early intervention. Their study, called the "Infant Start" study , is showing that infants who are showing early signs of Autism Read More...
Revised MCHAT Screening Tool for Autism
January 16, 2014 11:29 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children receive autism screening when they are 18 months and again when they are 24 months old. Healthcare professionals have been using the MCHAT to do this screening and although it was a good Read More...
Helpful Apps for Vocalization Practice
January 10, 2014 9:52 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
As I mentioned in last week's blog a new pilot study has that found children with autism had increased vocalization with the help of augmentative apps used on iPads. It is believed that because the augmentative apps are saying the words the children are Read More...
iPad and Increased Vocalization in Children with Autism
January 2, 2014 9:29 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
OT in the News shared information recently on a new pilot study that found children with autism had increased vocalization with the help of augmentative apps used on iPads. The study found that children between the ages of 5-8 that were able to use iPads Read More...
Gift Ideas for Children with Special Needs
November 7, 2013 8:50 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Well it's that time of year again. The holidays are right around the corner. As a Birth-to-Three provider I am often asked if I have any suggestions on what gifts would be appropriate for the children I work with. My first suggestion is to think about Read More...
Accessibility in the Magic Kingdom
October 31, 2013 9:09 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
~ I have a vision of a place where children and parents could have fun together." ~Walt Disney There has been quite a bit in the news lately about the Walt Disney Corporation stopping their policy to allow children with special needs the opportunity to Read More...
Hyperbaric Therapy Treatment for Autism--Does it Really Work?
October 24, 2013 9:48 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Several years ago I worked with a young boy who was diagnosed with Autism. His parents were progressive thinkers and wanted to try every therapy option that was out there that might help their son. They even had a hyperbaric chamber in their home and Read More...
It's My Turn!
June 21, 2013 11:21 AM by Cecilia Cruse
We all work with children with special needs (and even some typically developing kids) that have trouble with social skills because of the turn taking concept. Every turn is his/her turn and/or there are meltdowns when asked to “wait your turn” etc. Here Read More...
A Must Have Early Intervention Resource!
June 19, 2013 1:21 PM by Cecilia Cruse
If you work in EI in any capacity, check out this new video from the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Entitled Bringing The Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders into Focus , it is the work of Rebecca Landa, Ph.D, CCC-SLP the Director of the Center for Autism Read More...
DSM-5 Debut
May 30, 2013 3:37 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Well, it’s like it or not it’s official. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual ( DSM-5 ) was released earlier this month. This edition has been controversial because of the changes made in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and what it includes Read More...
Eye Gaze Aversion and Autism
March 26, 2013 3:22 PM by Cecilia Cruse
As the good sensory trained therapists that we are, we have long known anecdotally that children with autism often avert eye gaze especially when there is simultaneous input, such as when the child is being given auditory directions and/or is attempting Read More...
Kids are the Best Teachers!
March 24, 2013 3:02 PM by Cecilia Cruse
As a peds OT for over 25 years, I’ve said for a long time now that it’s not what we teach our kids in therapy it’s what they teach us! Here are a few great examples of our ambassadors for special needs: Grace McClelland: Born with a ULD (Upper Limb Difference) Read More...
SPD Foundation Comments on Adam Lanza’s SPD Diagnosis
February 28, 2013 2:56 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I just received this update from the SPD Foundation regarding the Newtown, CT murders and the young man identified as the shooter Adam Lanza. (See my December blog: Autism Speaks Out About Newtown Tragedy ). PBS's Frontline has released a riveting documentary Read More...


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