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Occupational Therapy: Frequently Asked Questions

What is sensory processing and self-regulation?   Sensory Processing is the way our brain and body receives and interprets sensory information such as touch, taste, smell, sound, and movement. Sometimes this information can become misinterpreted by the brain resulting in a unique, and at times, maladaptive behavioral response. When these behavioral responses impact a child’s ability to […]

Articulation Disorder vs. Phonological Disorder: What’s The Difference?

So, you just received your child’s speech and language evaluation, and they were diagnosed with an articulation or phonological disorder…but, what does that mean? Articulation and phonological disorders fall under an umbrella term: Speech sound disorders, which refers to any difficulties with producing or understanding sounds. What is an articulation disorder? Articulation refers to your child’s ability to produce individual sounds. […]

Daily Activities to Incorporate Occupational Therapy

Time.  Time is something that goes by fast, however we are always yearning for more.  When starting therapy with your child, you are not just devoting yourself to your appointment time weekly but also time spent working on a home program to promote your child’s learning and advance them to their next therapeutic level.  As […]

Encouraging Language Development in Young Children

Pre-linguistic Skills Before producing verbal language, there are many pre-linguistic skills that your child must develop first. In order for your child to progress, they will need to communicate through imitating sounds and gestures, paying attention to their surroundings, and taking turns. Imitation Imitation allows the child to learn new things by watching the people […]

How Sensory Input Can Increase Your Child’s Window of Learning

First, what is sensory input? Sensory input is a stimuli that requires the organs of your eight senses (yes, eight!) to react/process the stimuli. The eight sensory systems are visual (eyesight), gustatory (taste), olfactory (smell), tactile (touch), auditory (hearing), vestibular (movement/balance), proprioceptive (body in space) and interoception (internal senses like hunger, thrusts, bowel/bladder function).  Second, […]

Bedwetting 101: How PT Can Help!

Bedwetting is a significant issue in our children today, affecting 15% of girls and 22% of boys worldwide. The age at which a child achieves nighttime dryness can vary widely and is dependent on a host of factors. Most children will gain nighttime dryness between the ages of 4 and 6, or 10-12 months after […]

Torticollis—It Doesn’t Have To Be A Pain in the Neck!

Congratulations! You just brought your sweetest bundle of joy home and are ready to share that cute sleepy smile with the world! As you scroll through your recently snapped pictures, you realize your sweet babe is always holding her head to one side. As the days progress, you notice that she still prefers that one […]

Five Simple Tips to Make Back-to-School a Breeze!

The start of the school year is just around the corner! This can be a difficult transition for many children, especially those that thrive on routine or have additional sensory needs. Check out these quick tips from Molly Lester, a pediatric occupational therapist, to help prepare your child for the upcoming school year! Review the […]

What is Heavy Work and Why is it Important for My Child?

If your child participates within occupational therapy, you’ve probably heard of the term “heavy work”. But what does it mean when therapists use this term and how does it relate to your kiddo? Keep reading to find out!  “Heavy work” is a term that refers to activities that involve the pushing/pulling of the muscle joints […]