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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...
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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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Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
May 7, 2013 1:30 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I was glad to see this pop up on my radar. This Thursday May 9th is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day . With our 24/7 news and social media feed these days it just seems as if there is a barrage of attention lately focused on escalating Read More...
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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...
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Support Beyond the Therapy Waiting Room
February 5, 2013 3:06 PM by Cecilia Cruse
If you work in an outpatient clinic or have your own private practice, chances are you have seen a parent or guardian of your patient chatting in the waiting room with other parents. Often these families have a set appointment time so tend to run into Read More...
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Hurricane Sandy
October 31, 2012 1:12 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I hope this finds all of our East Coast readers safe and sound after Hurricane Sandy. On this Halloween, seems the "Frankenstorm" was a brutal trick and not at all a treat. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those that were impacted by the storm. My Read More...
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Toys Are Tools
September 29, 2012 3:59 PM by Cecilia Cruse
If you are like me you are always on the lookout for fresh ideas and activities to try with our kiddos with special needs. I have a wonderful job with the advantage of actually working for a company that sells and even develops products, so of course Read More...
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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...
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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...
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No Power, No Water, No Patience ...
November 4, 2011 7:24 PM by Wendy Hof
As many of you may have heard the East Coast received a surprise Halloween Trick - wet, heavy snow which, when landing on trees still full of leaves, caused quite a mess. The trees could not sustain the added weight and many, when they could not bend 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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Sensory Friendly Movies with AMC Theaters
October 3, 2011 10:44 PM by Wendy Hof
AMC Theaters and the Autism Society are working together to make it possible for families who have children on the spectrum or with other disabilities the chance to see friendly family films in a sensory friendly environment. During these showings the Read More...
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Time out & Time Keeping Tools
May 24, 2011 11:13 PM by Wendy Hof
As promised I have a couple more websites to share with you from the conference I attended a couple weeks back. One is an actual software site that again offers "free" software and the other is a website for a really cool timer. I know that our computers Read More...
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I.E.P, P.P.T, OMG
May 5, 2011 11:06 AM by Wendy Hof
Well it's just about that time of the year again. Time for parents, therapists, teachers and school administrators to get involved in the process of assuring all the necessary goals, objectives, therapies, and special accommodations are in place for those Read More...
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What Color Is Your Flower?
April 26, 2011 11:25 PM by Wendy Hof
~ Today I want to share a story with you. It was given to me on one of my first days of OT classes and I fell in love with the moral and it has stayed within my heart ever since that day.. Some times I think we forget how much influence we may have over Read More...
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