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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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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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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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More Ideas for Your Therapy Bag
June 8, 2012 4:49 PM by Cecilia Cruse
A few months back I wrote a blog entitled What Do You Have in Your Therapy Bag? In it, I listed my top 6 favorite things that I always like to have on hand as a clinic and school based therapist. I recently came across Abby's blog and see that she her Read More...
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“Scent-sational” Ideas:
May 20, 2012 5:47 PM by Cecilia Cruse
As an OT with a background in SI, I think our sense of smell is often overlooked. Here are some easy suggestions to use olfactory input as a fun way to supplement treatment activities: Add dry JELL-O®mix to watercolor or tempera paints. Or mix up the Read More...
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Tuesday Tidbit – Special Toys for Special Kids
December 7, 2010 11:23 PM by Wendy Hof
" Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping. " ~Bo Derek It's that time of year again. Time to find that "perfect" gift for the ones we love. When it comes to the children we love who have special needs this can be 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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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...
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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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Shopping for children with special needs ...
December 14, 2009 12:30 AM by Wendy Hof
Hi all! How is everyone doing with their holiday shopping? I was out today for the first time and was able to at least get a small dent in what I will need for family & friends. I have to admit, even for me without too many major sensory issues, it Read More...
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Tuesday Tidbit - The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
December 2, 2009 12:51 AM by Wendy Hof
In March I wrote a blog about visiting Toys*R*Us and offered some suggestions on websites that offered more than your usual selection of toys. I receive an email from Stephanie Oppenheim who shared with me her website (the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio) and Read More...
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Feeding Difficulties - Ability vs Motivation
November 18, 2009 11:49 PM by Wendy Hof
One of the most challenging things when it comes to working with a family who has a child who "won't eat" is figuring out how much of it may be due to the child's inability to eat (sensory problems, physical problems, processing disorders, etc) and how Read More...
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Tuesday Tidbit - The Spit Cup
October 19, 2009 11:42 PM by Wendy Hof
When it comes to picky eaters one of the biggest challenges we have as therapists is getting the child to even taste something. There is, of course, an entire protocol to getting a sensory defensive child to allow food to be 1) in the room, 2) on the Read More...
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Rain, Rain ... go out and play ..
October 16, 2009 6:33 PM by Wendy Hof
It's been raining here for the past couple of days. Yesterday was a cold rain but today it was warmer and more of a drizzle. I have been off on vacation in the Lancaster, PA area with my sister and mom. We've been exploring, shopping and just having a Read More...
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