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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 Sensory-Free Halloween
October 3, 2013 6:39 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween!” - Dexter Kozen Ok, while I don't think anyone who has a child with sensory challenges will ever have a truly "sensory free Halloween", I would like to 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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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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Some Thoughts on Vestibular Input
July 9, 2013 1:45 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Lately all things vestibular have been showing up in my world. A colleague has been having issues with vertigo (your world shrinks fast when you feel dizzy all of the time!). It reminded me to be thankful that my own system is intact for now despite my 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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Weighted Blankets: What Do We Know?
May 28, 2013 6:12 PM by Cecilia Cruse
As a peds therapist and on staff expert for an equipment company for special needs, I do get asked periodically for more resources on weighted blankets. There have been some well-known published studies on weighted vests including Fertel-Daly et all on Read More...
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Recess Resources
April 23, 2013 4:16 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Continuing on our Earth Day adventures with the theme of getting outside one of my fellow colleagues who is a former PE instructor sent me a great blog from peds OT Loren Shlaes. Entitled Why Kids Need Recess and PE for Academic Success it is an open 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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Eye Gaze Aversion and Autism
March 26, 2013 3:22 PM by Cecilia Cruse
As the good sensory trained therapists that we are, we have long known anecdotally that children with autism often avert eye gaze especially when there is simultaneous input, such as when the child is being given auditory directions and/or is attempting Read More...
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In Memoriam
March 10, 2013 4:31 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I was saddened to learn recently of the death of an icon in the world of OT. Jane Koomar, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA passed away peacefully at her home on February 24 th after a long illness. I did not have the privilege of knowing her personally, but she certainly 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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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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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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You Need This! : A Movement Infographic
December 21, 2012 1:27 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Most of you are already gone and/or headed out today for the winter break holidays so just keep this on file to use when your school or clinic services resume in January. Your Therapy Source has just released a helpful infographic on Movement and Learning Read More...
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