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What is a Sensory Processing Disorder?

What is a Sensory Processing Disorder?  Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a type of neurological disorder in which the brain cannot properly process or integrate sensory information. As a result, a child can be hypersensitive or over-responsive to stimuli or hyposensitive or under responsive to stimuli. If a child is experiencing hypersensitivity to sensory input, […]

Bedwetting and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

What is nocturnal enuresis and when is it a problem? Nocturnal enuresis is a fancy term for bedwetting. (Nocturnal meaning nighttime, and enuresis meaning involuntary leakage of urine). Typically, a child will achieve nighttime dryness 6 months-1 year following daytime potty training OR by age 6. Many professionals consider bedwetting beyond the age of 6 […]

Narrative language skills: The power of storytelling

Narrative language refers to the ability to use all parts of language (vocabulary, grammar, pragmatics) together to tell a story. Narrative skills, or storytelling skills, are a complex and important part of communication. These skills begin to develop as early as 2 years of age! We use our narrative language skills several times a day […]

Water Safety for Children and Families

Summer is fast approaching!  The sun is out, heat and humidity rising, and we look to have some fun and cool off at the pool or swimming hole. It is time to also think about how to maintain water safety for our children while cooling off and having fun this summer.  Roughly 10 drowning deaths […]

Executive Functioning and Occupational Therapy 

Family playing a board game

What are executive functioning skills?   Executive functions are a set of mental skills we use to learn, play, and successfully participate in day-to-day activities.   10 Key Executive Function Skills  What Does Executive Dysfunction Look Like?  How Can Occupational Therapy Help?   Executive function skills play a big role in our ability to complete day-to-day tasks. Therefore, […]

Let’s talk tics and treatment!

Both motor and vocal tics can significantly interfere with one’s quality of life. For example, a child may feel embarrassed or anxious when all eyes are on them (i.e., sports, reading in class, etc.), get in trouble for disrupting class, or avoid tasks that cause an increase in their tics. Because tics can impede a […]

Check Out My Skills! – Preschool Age

Preschool aged kids range from 3-5 years old. During this time, children go through a period of learning and refining gross motor skills, starting with basic skills such as running and jumping to advanced skills like skipping and jumping while turning. The checkpoints listed below are loosely taken from a standardized test, in which each […]

Primitive Reflex Integration Exercise Ideas 

What are Primitive Reflexes?  Automatic motor responses that originate from our primitive or survival brain.   Why does Integration of Reflexes Matter?  Integration of primitive reflexes lay the foundation for higher level learning. Retained primitive reflexes or active primitive reflexes can interfere with the development of more mature, voluntary movement patterns including postural reflexes, balance, ability […]

The Power of Play

For children who are learning language, play is one of the most impactful activities that you can use to target skills at home. Play is how our children first experience the world around them. They truly are sponges and absorb so much from our interactions with them. There are several strategies that you can use […]

When should I be concerned about my child’s grasp?

Child writing with a pen

This is a common question that is often asked of a pediatric OT when working with kids ages birth to 6 years of age. To answer this question let’s first look at some red flags that may indicate a concern in a child’s grasp development and then discuss the typical sequence of grasp development in […]