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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...
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Early Intervention Resource Roundup
August 29, 2014 11:45 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Today's blog is about resources for children and their families. When working in pediatrics, especially Birth-to-Three, you find that many families are struggling to make ends meet due to the additional costs it takes to raise a child with special needs. Read More...
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Equipment Resource Lists
July 25, 2014 9:56 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
One of the most frustrating parts of my job is being able to get the items the families I work with need when insurance won't cover it or the family can't afford it. Sometimes families need pieces of equipment to help their child be more mobile. Other Read More...
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Early Intervention – What Does it Mean and Who Can it Help?
April 18, 2014 11:29 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I have been working in Early Intervention for the past 10 years but I'm still surprised how many families have never heard that there is assistance for families whose children are experiencing developmental delays before they reach preschool. For those Read More...
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Sensory Fun With Snow and Ice
February 14, 2014 10:28 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
As COTA who works in Birth-to-Three a lot of my time is spent on driving to/from my visits. I love driving because I get to see so many cool things. The other day when I was driving home I passed a church that had a sign in the front of their yard that 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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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...
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Preventing “Bucket Babies”
November 30, 2012 5:24 PM by Cecilia Cruse
This past week I presented a workshop to a child care provider network. This insightful group of mentors and educators were passionate about finding ways to adapt the current programs in many of their centers to include more sensory motor concepts. As Read More...
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Reflections on Early Childhood Educators
November 14, 2012 12:27 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Last week I attended the National Association of Young Children (NAEYC) annual conference held in Atlanta, GA. Thousands of Early Childhood (EC) educators, administrators and other related support staff were in attendance this year. In my interactions Read More...
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Tummy Time Revisited
August 6, 2012 5:07 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Tere Bowen Irish wrote a powerful guest editorial for Advance last week on the importance of tummy time that is well worth reading (or re-reading!). Entitled Back to Sleep Tummy to Play (Advance 8/1/12) she recaps some of the sobering statistics of the Read More...
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Some Promising Grants
July 15, 2012 7:25 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I am often asked if I know of any good grant opportunities specific to kids with special needs. My wish would be to have a full time grant researcher/writer at my fingertips as both searching for then applying for funds can be a daunting task. For now, Read More...
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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...
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Being a Copy Cat Eater ...
November 28, 2011 1:16 AM by Wendy Hof
Parents will often ask me why is it that they child will eat things at daycare but not at home. It is a very valid question and one I wish I had the answer to. I found it to be true even with my own children. I would pick them up at the end of the day Read More...
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Yoga - It's Not Just an Adult Activity Any Longer!
October 19, 2011 11:28 PM by Wendy Hof
Many adults are turning to yoga to help relax and get rid of some of the stress in their body's. If it works so well for adults why wouldn't it work just as well for children? Many parents and professionals are actually turning to yoga to help a number Read More...
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Easy as 1... 2... 3...
July 18, 2011 10:58 PM by Wendy Hof
When you are asking a young child to do something they really don't want to do, whether it is eating or sensory or even a time out, they will often start to fidget and whine after just a few quick moments. To a young child it is hard to tell the difference Read More...
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