5 Tips for a Successful IEP Meeting

Attending your child’s IEP meeting can be a stressful and complex process. Whether you are new to the process or have previously attended IEP meetings, here are some helpful tips to make sure your child is getting appropriate services within the school setting:  Understand what your child’s educational disability is. There are 13 different disabilities […]

What Parents Need to Know About Motor Speech Disorders

What are motor speech disorders? Motor speech disorders are neurologically-based speech disorders that affect the planning, programming, control or execution of speech. In order to produce speech, every person must coordinate a range of muscles and muscle groups, including those controlling the vocal cords, the lips, the tongue, the jaw and the respiratory system. Movements […]

4 Fun Ways to Practice Handwriting

As we all know, practicing handwriting is not a kid’s top pick for a summer activity. Luckily, there are ways to make handwriting fun!  Try some of these ideas and see if you can’t trick your kid into becoming a handwriting master: Use Different Mediums Try practicing writing numbers and letters in shaving cream on […]

What Parents Need to Know About Feeding Therapy

Should I Have my Child Evaluated for a Feeding Disorder? Does your child… Experience extreme anxiety or exhibit behaviors during mealtime? Find mealtime to be an exhausting process that requires too much time and energy to complete? Have difficulty tolerating a variety of food groups? Require you to prepare a separate meal from the family […]

10 Signs of Auditory Processing Disorder

What is Auditory Processing Disorder? Auditory processing refers to what we do with the messages we hear. An auditory processing disorder occurs due to an auditory deficit that is not the result of other cognitive, language, or related disorders. However, children with an auditory processing disorder may also experience other difficulties in the central nervous […]

What Comes After the ADHD Diagnosis?

Many times parents leave a doctor’s office with more questions than when they came in. This is true for medical doctors as well as for clinical psychologists. After a parent is informed that his or her child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) the next phase is to start to develop a treatment plan to […]

What You Need to Know About Sensory Diets

While it is called a “diet,” it’s not a FOOD diet, but it should be considered nutritional intake that your child’s body/brain need daily.  Consistency is key and it is important to find a schedule that works for you. Work with your occupational therapist and teacher to develop a timeframe that works best. Do not […]

Sensory Activities for Rainy Days

Every child needs sensory input to stay focused, regulated, and organized throughout the day, especially children who have sensory processing challenges. Every child has different sensory needs that need to be met each day and acquiring that input can be difficult when the weather turns rainy.  Below are some fun and easy to do sensory […]

Is My Child Depressed? What You Should Know About Childhood Depression

What the Numbers Show Research has shown that children, even babies, have experienced depression. In the United States alone, research studies suggest that up to one percent of babies, four percent of preschool-aged children, five percent of school-aged children, and eleven percent of adolescents meet the diagnostic criteria for Major Depressive Disorder.  It is important […]

The Benefits of Contact Sports: Why Your Kids Should Participate

The football draft just completed and the season is right around the corner. And while it may not seem like it now, summer is almost here. All of this means children are and will be interested in getting out there and participating in organized contact sports. But what about the risks of a concussion or […]