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Back to School Tips
August 22, 2014 2:30 PM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I can't believe how fast this summer has flown by. I can remember when I was a kid and it felt like the summer went on forever. So slow that by the end of it I was ready to go back to school, if you can believe that! My oldest started his junior year Read More...
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The Importance of Recess
July 11, 2014 9:17 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
We all know that if we ask a young child what their favorite class in school is most wil say "recess!" I can recall how important recess was when I was growing up. It was a time to meet up with friends and share the latest school news or join in a game Read More...
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Sensory Friendly Summer-Movies
June 27, 2014 11:10 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I know that going to the movies is something the boys and I look forward to doing at least a couple times over the summer. We are lucky that here in Connecticut were we live we have access to both movie theatres and a drive-in movie. I have many happy Read More...
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What Do You See?
February 7, 2014 11:02 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
The picture is one that is being shared on Facebook with the caption: "Some see Down Syndrome; some see Pit bull... we see the best tea party ever!" I honestly saw neither - what I saw was two best friends playing together and my heart melted. It wasn't Read More...
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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...
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Sleep Time
October 10, 2013 9:37 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
"There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson I love this time of the year. The cooler evenings always seem to help me sleep better. There is nothing quite like that feeling of climbing into bed, Read More...
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A Sensory-Free Halloween
October 3, 2013 6:39 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween!” - Dexter Kozen Ok, while I don't think anyone who has a child with sensory challenges will ever have a truly "sensory free Halloween", I would like to Read More...
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Reading Resources - Birth to 12th Grade
September 18, 2013 12:05 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Having a child with learning disabilities has opened up a whole new world of resources that are available to school aged children. I have come across different strategies and resources to help in reading, writing, sensory, and overall learning. In upcoming Read More...
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Therapist, Mother, Writer, Advocate, Friend
September 11, 2013 9:14 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I wanted to take today's blog to share with you a little bit about who I am, where I've come from, and where I'm hoping to go. I'm hoping this little insight may make you feel a little more comfortable in asking for advice, sharing your stories, or just Read More...
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Seasons Changing and Sensory Needs
September 4, 2013 12:29 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Here in New England the leaves are starting to turn colors, there is a nip in the air, and the apples are ready for picking. Fall is just around the corner! As much as I love this time of year I know that there are many parents right now who are looking Read More...
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A Grateful Farewell
July 21, 2013 11:08 AM by Cecilia Cruse
This will be my last post as your blogger for A Pediatric Perspective . It has been my great privilege and pleasure to be a part of the advance team of professionals and hopefully share relevant content with my peers. My goal was to inform, inspire, share Read More...
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Some Thoughts on Vestibular Input
July 9, 2013 1:45 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Lately all things vestibular have been showing up in my world. A colleague has been having issues with vertigo (your world shrinks fast when you feel dizzy all of the time!). It reminded me to be thankful that my own system is intact for now despite my Read More...
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Canary Kids
June 29, 2013 12:20 PM by Cecilia Cruse
It seems the team at DDR ( Developmental Delay Resources ) has partnered with the founders of Epidemic Answers a non -profit with a common mission to help find the causes and cures for several escalating childhood health issues. Here are some sobering Read More...
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A Collaborative Approach to RtI
June 26, 2013 4:37 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I was inspired by the story posted in Advance this week from OT Mary Primarti. Entitled Response to Intervention: A Success Story ( ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners July 2013 p. 12 ) Mary outlines a practical approach between OT and a Pre-K Read More...
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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...
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