Autism Awareness Day

April 2 is Autism Awareness Day. All Bright Therapies will light it up blue on this Thursday to show our support for this movement. Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder that affects 1 in 68 children. It is more common in boys, affecting 1 in 42 boys. Autism is a spectrum disorder and affects all individuals differently. Children will autism benefit from therapies, including speech therapy, occupational therapy and social groups. Please join us to raise awareness of Autism by wearing blue on April 2.

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Speech Development in Infants

The brain develeopment in which occurs from birth to three is the fastest rate of brain development throughout the entire lifespan. For this reason, early intervention is critical when children are not achieving their developmental milestones, whether it be in communication, movement, feeding or any other area of development. 15 Fact About Infant Learning has some cute and interesting facts about learning in infants. Brought to you by All Bright Therapies, your speech therapy and occupational therapy resource in Chicago.

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New Shoes By Nike

This is a sweet video and story about a new shoe Nike is coming out with. The shoe is intended to be easier to get on and take off and was created for individual with disabilities. A young man with CP helped in the design process. Nice to see a company take a step in the right direction.

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Understanding and Expressing Emotions

For so many of our little ones, expressing and understanding their emotions can be hard. As many parents and therapist can tell you, explaining the intangible idea of emotions can be equally as hard. This article contains some new ideas about understanding emotions and we can’t help but think of the new movie “Inside Out”–what a great way to explain the different feelings we all have.

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True Inclusion

We wanted to share a great article reminding us about true inclusion for kids with special needs. All children need an opportunity to practice many different roles as they grow up. The skills needed to be a great leader are different than those of being a team member, but both skills are important for children to develop as they will fill many different roles as they grow and mature into adulthood. If you are in the need for speech therapy in Chicago, please contact us.

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Green Spaces Help Brain Development

Summer in Chicago is a great time to take advantage of the nice weather and spend extra time outside. A recent study finds that this time is also great for a child’s brain development. The study followed a group of 10 year olds for a year and found that those exposed to green spaces what significant gains in their working memory and attentiveness. A little more time outside this summer may be just what your child needs.

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More Talk, Less Tech Summer

Wanted to share some great tips for encouraging interaction and communication over the summer. With the nice weather during the summer, its a great time to encourage more talk and less tech. See this great link for some nice information about kids and technology as well as suggestions on easy to increase communication skills while decreasing time with technology.

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A Few Extra Bumps and Bruises Okay

We wanted to share a great article about encouraging kids to take risks (even when they lead to little bumps and bruises). These little challenges and risks help children learn to be adventurous, learn their limits and develop their motor skills. Children also learn to try new things, take on challenges and have the type of childhood most of us parents remember. For your occupational therapy needs in Chicago, please contact us.

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Ideas To Help Kids with Challenging Behaviors

With summer rapidly approaching, we wanted to share a great article about some ways to help kids with challenging behaviors through chores and heavy work. If children are able to have their sensory and movement needs met, they are often more regulated and those challenging behaviors will occur less frequently.

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Speech, OT Summer Groups

We are excited to announce the following groups for the summer of 2015! Groups will run for 10 weeks, from June 22- August 28. Preschool Prep Group: This group is run by a Speech Therapist and Occupational Therapist This group is designed for children between 2 and 4 years of age. The group                                      follows a preschool format, including separating from mom and dad, gym time, circle time, songs, snack, craft, story time and sensory/messy play. Children will work on building their social skills to be able to better participate in the preschool environment and build relationships with peers. This group is appropriate for children who: have difficulty separating from their parents, struggle to engage with peers, demonstrate delays in their speech, fine motor or sensory skills which negatively impact their social skills. This group is capped at 5 children and run by two therapists Preschool Prep Group meets weekly for a 75 minutes session The cost of this group is $75.00 per session Grip Group/Beginning Printer Group: This group is run by an Occupational Therapist The cost of this group is $65.00 …
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