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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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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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A Few Feeding Strategies for Picky Eaters
April 3, 2014 9:23 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
As I had mentioned a couple posts ago, I am going to share some of the feeding strategies I learned at the Feeding Seminar I attended a couple weekends ago. Although I was a little put off by some of the things that the SLP said, especially when it related 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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Dyslexia is Not a Gift
January 31, 2014 10:55 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I've always said that if I was going to write a book about my son's struggles with Dyslexia it would be titled "Dyslexia is not a gift." I know that the belief behind dyslexia being a "gift" is that it allows those individuals who have it to look at the Read More...
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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...
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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 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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Is Nature Deficit Disorder on the Rise in Children?
April 19, 2013 3:11 PM by Cecilia Cruse
With Earth Day this Monday (4/22/13) it seemed appropriate to bring up this topic. No NDD is not an official medical diagnosis, but a description of “human alienation from nature.” Upon the recommendation of a trusted OT friend, I have just downloaded Read More...
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Pediatric Therapy Mission Trips
March 20, 2013 4:21 PM by Cecilia Cruse
A few weeks ago I got a note from an OT friend who was headed to Ghana with the group Children Inspiring Hope. This non -profit promotes concepts of a global community and works to connect children cross culturally through art and education service programs. Read More...
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Is Kindergarten the New 1st Grade?
February 19, 2013 1:33 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Last week I presented at another conference for early childhood educators. Entitled 10 Terrific Tips for DAP Fine Motor Skills the workshop covered important sensory and motor components needed for developing good hand skills. (See my blog from last spring Read More...
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Born Addicted
February 10, 2013 5:15 PM by Cecilia Cruse
This past week I was catching up with a dear friend and colleague who works the NICU in a busy urban acute care hospital. Her role as an OT has shifted as she responds to a growing trend in the US: that the number of newborns showing symptoms of withdrawal Read More...
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Top 5 Blog Posts for 2012
December 29, 2012 11:08 AM by Cecilia Cruse
As my year as your peds blogger comes to a close, I thought I would give you a rundown of the top 5 most popular posts. 5. Weighing in at the fifth spot was the final update on the DSM-5 due out next May: SPD Excluded from DSM-5 . 4. The AJOT published 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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