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Finding Their Nitch
February 28, 2014 8:44 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I think one of the hardest things about being a parent of a child with special needs is watching them as they struggle to find their footing in the "real world." Many of our kids have challenges that prevent them from being able to participate in the Read More...
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It's My Turn!
June 21, 2013 11:21 AM by Cecilia Cruse
We all work with children with special needs (and even some typically developing kids) that have trouble with social skills because of the turn taking concept. Every turn is his/her turn and/or there are meltdowns when asked to “wait your turn” etc. Here 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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Update on Budget Cuts: Are They Impacting Your Peds Practice?
March 29, 2013 11:12 AM by Cecilia Cruse
Last September I posted a blog about the BCA (Budget Control Act) and the impending cuts that would take effect. Now with the lack of a deal by our politicians, the resulting sequestration which calls for $1.2 trillion across the board budget cuts over Read More...
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Kids are the Best Teachers!
March 24, 2013 3:02 PM by Cecilia Cruse
As a peds OT for over 25 years, I’ve said for a long time now that it’s not what we teach our kids in therapy it’s what they teach us! Here are a few great examples of our ambassadors for special needs: Grace McClelland: Born with a ULD (Upper Limb Difference) 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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Support Beyond the Therapy Waiting Room
February 5, 2013 3:06 PM by Cecilia Cruse
If you work in an outpatient clinic or have your own private practice, chances are you have seen a parent or guardian of your patient chatting in the waiting room with other parents. Often these families have a set appointment time so tend to run into Read More...
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A Crash Course on Common Core Standards
January 9, 2013 6:00 PM by Cecilia Cruse
This past December I had the opportunity to listen in to the AOTA Pediatric Virtual Chat on Common Core Standards. There has been much buzz about this topic in recent months, but as a busy therapist I just assumed this was related to teachers and curriculum. Read More...
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More Thoughts on ASD
July 29, 2012 5:26 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I know I have been blogging frequently on the topic of autism, but given the media attention it seems to be getting these days, along with the proposed definition changes in the upcoming DSM-5, it just seems fitting to keep current in this ever expanding Read More...
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A Company Making a Difference!
June 12, 2012 3:29 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Did you know that a recent study indicates that 1 in 3 adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) does not have a paying job and/or has not attended any higher education after high school? Enter Danish entrepreneur Thorkil Sonne who, as a father of a 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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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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