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Oral Motor Warm-Up
May 9, 2014 9:36 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
It is a well known fact that in order to get the most out of a workout it is important to first warm-up before you begin to exercise. A good warm-up will not just help prepare your body gradually for more strenuous exercise but will help to prevent injuries. Read More...
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From Sandles and Shorts to Boots and Coats
October 17, 2013 9:36 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness." --John Steinbeck It's that time of year once again. The days are getting shorter and the nights colder. You feel that crispness in the air that heralds in the colder Read More...
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Bubble Dough and Other Fun Stuff
June 6, 2013 12:00 PM by Cecilia Cruse
So I usually leave the activity ideas to Pinterest and/or all those fabulous OT bloggers out there that pump out great content on a regular basis. However, I recently ran across this cute blog called Tot School from Shannon and this post on making Bubble Read More...
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SPD Foundation Comments on Adam Lanza’s SPD Diagnosis
February 28, 2013 2:56 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I just received this update from the SPD Foundation regarding the Newtown, CT murders and the young man identified as the shooter Adam Lanza. (See my December blog: Autism Speaks Out About Newtown Tragedy ). PBS's Frontline has released a riveting documentary 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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An Interesting Study on Toe Walking
October 27, 2012 10:30 AM by Cecilia Cruse
As OTs (and certainly our pediatric PT colleagues) we have all seen our share of kids that are toe walking with no history of any apparent medical disorder that would account for the problem such as CP or sequelae from a TBI. Termed Idiopathic Toe Walking Read More...
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What Autism Feels Like
October 7, 2012 4:21 PM by Cecilia Cruse
A colleague recently sent this YouTube link and I felt compelled to share it. Although titled What Autism Feels Like , it is actually a brief clip on what a day probably sounds like in the life of a child with ASD. As peds therapists, it often becomes Read More...
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Tips for a Fabulous 4th!
July 3, 2012 11:02 AM by Cecilia Cruse
Tomorrow is Independence Day here in the U.S. A day to honor our founding fathers, our veterans, our country and of course a holiday to spend time with friends or family. For most, it's a day of fun, food and fireworks, but for many of our kids with special 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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Overcoming Sensory Defensive Behaviors (hand play)
May 30, 2011 3:50 PM by Wendy Hof
We've probably all seen a child with sensory defensive behaviors relating to their hand play skills. They're the ones who shrink away when it's time to finger paint. They will go to any other place in the classroom or playgroup other than the sensory Read More...
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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...
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Tuesday Tidbit - Meeting Santa
December 14, 2010 12:23 AM by Wendy Hof
What do you call someone who is afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic It's that time of year again - time to take pictures with Santa! Most parents can't wait to get that picture of their little one sitting on Santa's lap and looking up at him in awe. Read More...
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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...
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Snow - not just an outdoor sensory experience...
December 30, 2009 11:57 PM by Wendy Hof
I was working with a kiddo at a daycare a couple weeks ago after we had a substancial snowfall. The kids were all excited about the snow but it was too cold to go outside and play. The daycare provider grabbed two medium sized, see through tupperware Read More...
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Sensory Overload & Santa
December 21, 2009 10:32 AM by Wendy Hof
Recently I received an email from one of the families I work with who has a young 3yr old child who has sensory integration challenges. This wee one gets overloaded very easily when it comes to new people or new places or new anything. Mom and Dad thought Read More...
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