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A Pediatric Perspective

Sensory Processing Evaluations
March 14, 2014 10:11 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Recently I was asked by a team member to do a Sensory Profile evaluation on a young boy who was "bouncing off the walls" and stuffing handfuls of food in his mouth before he would start to chew and swallow it. It sounded like a little guy who was doing Read More...
See you in Indy?!
April 24, 2012 11:41 AM by Cecilia Cruse
This week approximately 4,000 OT's (including me!) are descending on downtown Indianapolis for AOTA's 92nd Annual Conference and Expo . Of course the conference covers all specialty areas, but note there are well over 100 topics on pediatrics that include Read More...
Sometimes the Imperfect is Perfect
April 10, 2012 4:43 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I love finding motivational stories that inspire children (and adults!) to become their very best despite sometimes impossible odds. Retired pitcher Jim Abbott has recently written a book entitled Imperfect: An Improbable Life. Jim tells of his love of Read More...
Are You Following the App of the Month?
March 5, 2012 11:27 AM by Cecilia Cruse
Ok so last week I know I was on a soapbox about smart technology possibly changing infant and child development milestones as we know it. On the flip side we know technology is here to stay and we all have certainly seen some of the benefits especially Read More...
Check Out this Quick Video for Building Hand Strength!
February 16, 2012 4:31 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Just thought I would share this helpful clip I found awhile back. I present regularly at conferences and in-services for teachers and as an OT, am always asked how to help students with skills like cutting and handwriting. We all know that good fine motor Read More...
Welcome to Our New Pediatric Blogger!
February 8, 2012 3:48 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I was thrilled to be asked by ADVANCE to be a regular contributor to their pediatric blog. For over 25 years now I have been a faithful subscriber to both the printed and online versions of ADVANCE. Over the years I have relied on this resource to find Read More...
Feeding Issues and the Possible Non-Medical Causes ...
February 28, 2011 2:04 AM by Wendy Hof
So, we've ruled out any possible medical reasons that may cause a child not to eat. What we have to do now is go back to our list we made when we began playing detective and see what else could be going on. A few possibilities to keep in mind are: Sensory Read More...
Dinner Time ~ Then and Now
January 19, 2011 1:18 AM by Wendy Hof
" As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it." ~Buddy Hackett I can remember as a child sitting down to dinner and not being able to get up from our seats until everything on our plate was finished. We were often reminded Read More...
Tis the season ... to get overwhelmed...
December 20, 2010 11:33 PM by Wendy Hof
"and the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there ... " I can't believe that Christmas is just a few days away. I'm actually a little more ahead this year than I thought I would be. I have a good number Read More...
Tuesday Tidbit - Nuk brush 2 ~ local sightings ~
March 9, 2010 8:52 PM by Wendy Hof
In an earlier blog post I had spoken about the usefulness of the Nuk Brush and listed several places that sell it. The sites I listed were therapy sites as that was the only place I have been able to find them. Until now, that is. Last Friday I was in Read More...
2 Years and still a little clueless ..
February 21, 2010 10:15 PM by Wendy Hof
It's hard to believe it's been two years since I started writing this blog. I had read somewhere that the average blog life is about 18 months before the blog is abandoned. This is a long time to try and think of new and interesting things to share. I'm Read More...
Tuesday Tidbit - Website Resource & Newsletter
February 9, 2010 3:20 PM by Wendy Hof
I am always looking for resources that will help me do my job better or give me more insight into the different conditions and developmental delays I work with in Pediatrics. Recently I stumbled upon the Your Therapy Source, Inc website which not only Read More...
Tuesday Tidbit - Toilet Training Tip
January 26, 2010 1:22 PM by Wendy Hof
When you work with toddlers the subject of toilet training will eventually come up. "How can I get my child to start using the toilet" is the most frequent question asked. In today's world where disposable diapers rule this can be a daunting task. Disposable Read More...
Tuesday Tidbits - Feeding & Oral Motor Classes
January 19, 2010 11:37 AM by Wendy Hof
With a new year upon us and with many of us having had to renew our licenses and/or certifications I thought it might be a good idea to share a list of classes in the area of feeding & oral motor to help with our CEU requirements. In the coming weeks Read More...


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