Carly Ono, M.S., OTR/L

Baby with Down syndrome practices tummy time on a blanket outside

Social Skills & Autism

Introduction In my previous blog post, “Social Skills,” we discussed the importance of social skills on child development. We also covered how social awkwardness creates significant challenges for everyday interactions. In this article, we will discuss the link between autism and social skills. Autism vs. Social Awkwardness Autism is classically characterized by social skill deficits …

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What is IDEA for special education?

Introduction Parents searching for information on special education often have a child who’s teacher suggested they may benefit from additional educational supports. Wikipedia defines special education as: “the practice of educating students in a way that addresses their individual differences and special needs“. While you might ask if all children have individual differences that should be considered, …

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Why Parents Should Consider Early Intervention

What is Early Intervention? Early intervention (EI) services provide specific resources and professional help to families with children between 0-3 years of age. Services are provided based on concerns of developmental delay or signs of autism or for children with an identified conditions such as cerebral palsy or Down Syndrome. EI services are similar to …

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Happy Autism Awareness Day!

World Autism Awareness Day Good morning! In case you missed it, today is World Autism Awareness Day. April is both National Autism Awareness and National Occupational Therapy month! Amidst the chaos and changes we are all experiencing right now, let’s take a moment to celebrate those in our lives who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) …

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My Kids Place COVID-19 Updates

Learn how MKP is keeping families safe while remaining open during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.