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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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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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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