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  • SPD Foundation Comments on Adam Lanza’s SPD Diagnosis

    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 on Adam, his apparent diagnosis of SPD and his early years as his family ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on February 28, 2013
  • Top 5 Blog Posts for 2012

    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 study on Speed and Legibility with Pencil Grasp had some surprising ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on December 29, 2012
  • An Interesting Study on Toe Walking

    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 (ITW) it seems there is some emerging research that suggests what many therapists have ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on October 27, 2012
  • What Autism Feels Like

    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 our role in the school, clinic or our community to educate teachers, parents and/or other staff ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on October 7, 2012
  • Tips for a Fabulous 4th!

    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 needs and their families the 4th holiday can bring chaos and overload.  ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on July 3, 2012
  • Sensory Friendly Movies with AMC Theaters

    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 theaters will bring their lights up and the sounds down. They are also allowing the families to ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on October 3, 2011
  • Overcoming Sensory Defensive Behaviors (hand play)

    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 table.  Don't even bring out the play-doh or clay to play with!  And if it ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on May 30, 2011
  • Tis the season ... to get overwhelmed...

    ''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 of packages wrapped and under the tree and just a couple of things left ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on December 20, 2010
  • Tuesday Tidbit - Meeting Santa

    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 ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on December 14, 2010
  • Tuesday Tidbit - Nuk brush 2 ~ local sightings ~

    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 a local Toys R Us store, browsing the aisles on my way to the play-doh ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on March 9, 2010
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