Occupational Therapy

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The Unexpected Benefits of Teletherapy in Pediatric Therapy Services

As hands-on professionals, the transition to telehealth (more specifically “teletherapy”) for physical/occupational/speech therapists was daunting. So much of what we do requires us to be there with the client, especially in pediatrics. Fast-forward to 9+ months into the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. Since the beginning, we have been providing Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy …

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Functional Skills in a Pediatric Occupational Therapy Environment

As an occupational therapist, I look at functional skills from a holistic view, starting with the skills most essential for day-to-day life. These skills include dressing, bathing, feeding, eating, and drinking (very different than feeding), grooming, sleeping, mobility, and toileting as well as managing our need to use the bathroom. These essential life-skills are called activities of …

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Sensory Diets — Finding the Right Mix

Introduction to Sensory Processing The study of sensory processing skills and the impact of sensory processing differences on child development was pioneered by A. Jean Ayres. Her research established the framework for sensory integration theory. Most pediatric occupational therapists (OTs) agree that sensory processing differences can have a significant impact on a child’s behavior and …

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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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How Pediatric Physical Therapy Can Help with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Motor Skills, & Social Function

As a pediatric physical therapist (PT), it is natural for me to approach my clients with a “whole-child” perspective. A child does not come to a physical therapy appointment and leave their behavior or limited attention span at home. This is especially true for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Therefore, I have learned how …

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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.

Updated

6/2021