Monthly Archives: April 2015

Proposed Change to Early Intervention Illinois

We wanted to share a news clip about the upcoming budget changes (a reductions of $23 million) and proposed new eligibility criteria for Early Intervention. Early Intervention is the state run program providing therapy to children from birth to three years of age with developmental disabilities and delays. Illinois currently has an eligibility criteria of a 30% delay, however the Governor has proposed changing this to a 50% delay. This change would effectively cut half the children out of the program. At All Bright Therapies we are strongly opposed to these changes and encourage our families to reach out to their state senators and voice you opposition to the proposed changes.

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The Science of Social Skills

Social groups are so important for children who are struggling to build relationships with peers. The American Speech-Langauge-Hearing Association published a great article about some of the key skills to work on for children struggling with social skills. All Bright Therapies will be offering some great social groups for kids as part of our summer programs.

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Sitting Babies Up-The Down Side

We wanted to share an article from an Occupational Therapist talking about something every parent has done with young babies from time to time–sit them up. This article is a good read with nice information about development and ideas to help children achieve their motor milestones.

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The little Girl at the Pool

Wanted to share a sweet story about a little girl finding a way to connect with a little boy who has autism at the pool. It should remind us all that we may not be able to connect with everyone in the same way, but we can alway find a way to connect with them.

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World Autism Awareness Day

Today is world Autism Awareness Day–we wanted to share some facts about Autism, which now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. Please join the global autism awareness campaign called Light It Up Blue. It’s easy (and fun!) to be a part of it — you can do anything from wearing blue to lighting your whole office or school up blue. Thanks for helping shine a light on autism.

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