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Caregiver Fatigue Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Parental fatigue can affect every aspect of your life, making it difficult to focus on your job as a caregiver, your career, or your health. Taking care of a child with special needs often means neglecting your own when you are unable to manage your time wisely or when you’re battling the effects of anxiety […]

Targeting Speech and Language Skills with Books

Books are a great tool to use to target your child’s speech and language skills at home. There are countless ways to use books for educational and therapy purposes. Here are a few examples. Speech Sound Production: If your child is working on a specific speech sound or group of sounds in therapy, look for […]

Play, Play, Play!

Merriam-Webster defines play as “a recreational activity, especially the spontaneous activity of children.”  As children are growing and exploring their environments, play is how they learn.  You could even think of it as play is a child’s occupation.  As a Speech Language Pathologist I use play every day to help build and expand upon social, […]

Springtime Activities for Speech and Language Development

Now that the weather is getting warmer and we are spending more time outside, it may seem more difficult to incorporate carryover of your child’s speech and language goals. Here are some ideas and activities to continue speech and language development at the park or your own backyard! Studies show direct links between physical activity […]

A Day in the Life of a PPEC Therapist

For more than a decade, APT has had an amazing partnership with The Kidz Club throughout the state of Kentucky! The Kidz Club is a PPEC (prescribed pediatric extended care), which provides skilled nursing care in a supportive and stimulating environment for children from birth to under 21 years old who have medical diagnoses. The Kidz […]

Cueing 101 in Speech Therapy

What are cues? A cue is something that can be done in order to support a child’s likelihood of reaching success towards a targeted skill. Therapists want children to be successful when working on certain skills. Providing cues can help lead a child to that success. Cues are often more necessary when a targeted skill […]

Weaning from the Bottle: Tips for Straw and Open Cup Drinking

Transitioning from the bottle/breast to straw or open cup drinking can be both exciting and overwhelming. Cup drinking is a skill that takes time to develop, but with  practice and patience, your baby will be weaned from the bottle in no time!  When to introduce cups   Cup drinking can be introduced at the same time […]

Outpatient Therapy Vs. School Based Therapy: What’s The Difference?

Sometimes, determining what kind of services your child needs and where to get them can be overwhelming. The lists of questions can run a mile long. “Does my child need outpatient therapy?” “How can they get school-based therapy?” “Why does my child get outside therapy, but school says they aren’t eligible?” Let’s take a closer […]

Occupational Therapy Apps

Here is a list of apps that help target skills addressed through occupational therapy (self-regulation, handwriting, executive functioning, visual perception, visual motor, fine motor, gross motor, and self-help skills). Kids are spending more time than ever before on screens. Help make your child’s screen time a little more productive and get in some extra OT […]

Visual Timers and Behavioral Management

Managing behaviors can be extremely overwhelming. Often, we may not fully understand the triggers for the behavioral outbursts. However, there are techniques and strategies that you can incorporate at home to assist with preventing and limiting these outbursts. One strategy I most commonly use in my sessions is a visual timer. This is a great […]