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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Language Difference vs. Language Disorder

Even as SLP’s it difficult to determine weather children are demonstrating a language delay or language disorder. Both groups of children can be helped by early intervention therapy services. This article provides a nice description of the differences between the two diagnoses. All Bright Therapies also offers FREE screenings to any parents who is having concerns about their child’s development.

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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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Teaching our Children Acceptance

This article is such a great reminder that our children learn so much from us, even when we are not intending to teach them. If we want our children to accept others and treat them with kindness, all we have to do is show them how we do that. It important to remember that the child with a disability is just a child and like your child, just wants to play and make friends.

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Tummy Time Ideas

Tummy time is essential for little ones to develop proper muscle strength and movement patterns. The back to bed movement has had a positive effect on decreasing SIDS; however since this movement there has been a significant increase in the number of children with torticollis, flat heads and delays in achieving movement milestones. Tummy time is the best way for parents to combat this possible effects. Here are some great ideas on how both mom and baby can get a workout.

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What is the Big Deal with “w” Sitting?

Therapists will often comment when a child is “w” sitting and try to encourage children not do sit in this position. Frequently sitting in a “w” means that children are sitting with an extremely wide base of support, which does not allow proper core and back muscle development. It also puts undue stress on they hips and knee joints. Here is a great article explaining why many children will engage in “w” sitting and some great reason why we should discourage this position.

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