Early Intervention Program Episode 5

Listen on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=137316&refid=stpr

On this show, I explain the Early Intervention Programs available throughout the U.S. Each state has their own program for children with disabilities or who are “at risk” for disabilities ages birth to 3 years.

Links to some of the states Early Intervention Sites:
Missouri: https://dese.mo.gov/special-education/first-steps
Illinois: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?module=12&officetype=4&county=
Kansas: http://www.ksits.org/
Arizona: https://des.az.gov/services/disabilities/developmental-infant
Washington: https://del.wa.gov/providers-educators/early-support-infants-and-toddlers-esit
Texas: https://hhs.texas.gov/services/disability/early-childhood-intervention-services
Wisconsin: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/birthto3/index.htm
Minnesota: http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_DYNAMIC_CONVERSION&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=dhs16_137963
Michigan: http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-73971_4911_21429-59375–,00.html

Early Intervention Book For Parents

This book is written for parents and caregivers as a resource guide with additional strategies to help your child with early development!

Tactile Sensory Stretchy Critters on Amazon

This is just one example of the tactile sensory activities you can use to help kids experience the way different things feel.

Tactile Sensory Processing With Eating: Episode 4

On this episode, I discuss how tactile sensory issues can affect kids while eating. I talk about how the sense of touch is connected not only on our skin and hands, but also in our mouth. This can play a large role in how well kids with tactile issues will eat a variety of foods, and where to start with helping them if they need it.

Use the link below to listen to me on Stitcher!!


Set of 4 Tactile Sensory Processing Toys!!

This set of 4 toys has some popular toys that can be helpful with kids who like to squeeze and play with toys that have different textures. These can also be good for encouraging kids who don’t like to touch things with textures! Even kids who don’t have any issues with Sensory Processing would love these!!
This one comes with 4 balls that all have different textures and colors!

Tactile Sensory Processing Episode 3

Episode 3: Tactile Sensory Processing

In this Episode of The Special Needs Podcast, I talk about one aspect of Tactile Sensory Processing.  In my Occupational Therapy practice with kids and families I see issues with this area a lot!  There are so many things to talk about, that I will be breaking this one up into multiple episodes in order to try and keep things from getting too confusing!

Today, I am focusing mostly on kids that have some sensitivities to things touching them, and I give one long example with explanations.

Please email with questions and comments to: allison@mymidwesttherapy.com


Episode 2 of The Special Needs Podcast Now Available!

Episode 2: Auditory Processing in Detail

In this Episode I explain Auditory Processing in detail including specific information on strategies that may help you and your child!  This information  may also help you recognize  when your child is having trouble with Auditory Processing, and what to do about it!


Visual Schedule for Kids

This item is one of many examples of Visual Schedules that you can use with kids.  Visual schedules can help with transitions between daily activities and routines.  You can use the pictures to help them predict what is going to happen next in their day so they can be more prepared and not feel like they were caught “off-guard”

The Special Needs Podcast Episode 2

I am currently working on Episode 2 of The Special Needs Podcast.  I will be discussing Auditory Processing in a lot of detail!  This one will be less technical and more real life examples and suggestions for what to do if your child is having trouble in this area!

I plan on submitting the podcast on Friday so hopefully it will be up that same day!

Sensory Processing Introduction Episode 1

Episode 1: Sensory Processing Introduction

In this episode I discuss Sensory Processing in people with a description of each of the following senses: Tactile, Visual, Oral, Auditory, Olfactory, Vestibular, Proprioception, and Interoception.