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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Fostering Independence

Teaching our children to become independent begins long before they are 18. Here are some great ideas on how to foster independence for children at different ages. Allowing children to learn to do things for themselves, although it initially take a bit longer, teaches them independence, self help skills and fosters a sense of pride in their accomplishments.

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Changes to Autism Tracking

The CDC will now be including preschoolers in their autism monitoring. Previously the CDC had 10 sites which tracked Autism for children at age 8. Gathering reliable data a about Autism rates and treatment help us learn more about the disorder. Click here to learn more about these important changes.

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Meeting Your Hero on the Floor

Such a heart-warming story about a special little guy getting to meet his hero, Adam Levine from Maroon 5. The little guy gets so excited he needs to take a break to lay on the floor because its all a bit overwhelming. A great reminder to us all how important it is to meet kids where they are, even if that means laying on the floor.

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Support Autism Speaks

All Bright Therapies will be walking as a team in the upcoming Autism Speaks walk at Solider Field on May 16th. We encourage you to join our team by attending the walk or making a donation to help fund research and provide support to families. Please click here  to help us reach our goal!

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Increase in the Need for OT in Schools

Occupational Therapist can help children increase their focus and attention to tasks, which allows them them learn more in their classroom settings. An OT can work with the child to find what works best for them and then teach the child and family how to incorporate those techniques into their daily routines. This article highlights some of the ways children are struggling to focus and notes a documented rise in the need for OT in New York Schools.

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How Schools Ruined Recess

The fourth article from this Occupational Therapist in a series about movement and our kids…This article focuses on the importance of recess and what it ideally should look like, which is far from what most children’s recess looks like in most schools. I love the idea of moving part in equipment, so the children can create a brand new game each time they come out to play. “Adult free” time is also really important for kids to negotiate relationships with others and problem solve on their own.

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