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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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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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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Summer Ideas for Kids on a Bargin

We always love creative ideas for kids, especially on a bargain. Wanted to share a link to a great article with 19 awesome ideas to keep kids busy with creative ideas using dollar store items. Numbers 5, 9 and 22 are our favorites!

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Autism Speaks Walk Team

We wanted to share some great picture of the All Bright Therapies Team from the Autism Speaks Walk this past Saturday. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the walk and to all of those who supported our fundraising efforts and helped us raise an amazing $3610!

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Setting Limits on Screen Time for Kids

May is better speech and hearing month, so we figured we would start the month off with a great article about kids and screen time. We all love your devices, so it no surprise that our kids love them too! But we need to remember that children need lots of interaction with others, play time, movement and activity to develop their skills. Everything in moderation:)—This article shares some great ideas on how to create this balance.

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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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