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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Signs of Speech and Language Disorder

We love to share helpful resources, such as this great check list of signs for speech and language disorders from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. If often hard for families to determine if child’s skills are falling behind and the range of normal is large. Our therapist offer free screenings to any families who have concerns about their child’s development. For your Speech Therapy needs in Chicago, Please contact us.

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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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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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Hearing Loss Demonstration

Its often hard to imagine what the world might sound like for a little one with a hearing loss. We wanted to share this great video simulating hearing loss at different level. It a great reminder just how important our hearing is to our children’s speech and language development and how important hearing aide are for little ones who do have a hearing loss.

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