Jump Around

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It's time to get the family off the couch and jump around......it is not only fun, but it is also great for you and your growing children's overall health and development!

Sensory Processing – What is it? And How OT can help!

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Did you know our nervous system processes eight (yes, eight!) different senses?  Sensory processing refers to the way in which these senses are registered, and turned into motor and behavioral responses.  We receive these sensations and use them to interact with our environment.  Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) occurs when the sensory signals are not registered in the nervous system, or there are inappropriate responses to the sensory input.  Occupational therapists are experts in sensory processing and can help!

Find out what the eight senses are and understand more about sensory processing here! 

The Importance of Core Vocabulary for Language Development

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Core vocabulary is a set of basic words in any language that are used frequently and across environments; mostly pronouns, verbs, descriptors, and prepositions (very few nouns).  Core vocabulary teaches children a variety of word classes and the different ways words can be used to express wants/opinions. We can help children use core vocabulary during daily routines to learn a variety of words and word types!  Core language can be modeled across many settings and situations and is easy to do during simple daily routines! Learn more about how to use core vocabulary in your day-to-day routines to support a child’s communication development!

Weighted Blankets - What You Need to Know

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Do you know someone that has difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep? Perhaps your child? Have you heard about weighted blankets? Weighted blankets have become increasingly popular for children and adults. Research shows that weighted blankets can provide a calming effect and assist with sleep and concentrating on other daily tasks.