Early Intervention Therapy Long Term Benefits Episode 32

On this episode, I discuss the benefits of early intervention services. I also discuss what the some of the potential consequences of not receiving necessary therapy services could be in the long term.

Brain Plasticity
https://www.verywell.com/what-is-brain-plasticity-2794886

Harvard University
http://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/five-numbers-to-remember-about-early-childhood-development/

Urban Child Institute
http://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/why-0-3/baby-and-brain

Education Commission of The States
https://www.ecs.org/research-reports/issues/

Is Early Intervention Cost Effective?
https://www.upweegrow.com/overview-of-developmental-delays-and-disorders/is-early-intervention-cost-effective

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Special Needs
Early Intervention
Autism
Occupational Therapy


Melissa and Doug Shapes Puzzle


A great chunky wooden inset puzzle for toddlers to practice their fine motor skills and matching skills. You can also work on language for labeling the shapes and colors!


Sensory Over-Stimulation Episode 31 Developmental Milestones

On this episode, I discuss what happens when people become Over-stimulated due to sensory processing issues.

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Sensory Processing
Developmental Milestones
Autism
Child Development


Toothbrushing and Sensory Processing Issues Episode 30

On this episode, I discuss issues with toothbrushing in kids with Sensory Processing sensitivities. The topic includes brushing teeth and home and at the dentist office.

Research Study:
http://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=1851619&resultClick=3
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2012, Vol. 66, e73-e76. doi:10.5014/ajot.2012.004085

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Nuk Brush for Oral Motor Skills


Nuk brush is great for introducing oral motor stimulation to kids with Sensory Processing Disorder.


Jigglers for Oral Motor Activities


These cute animals vibrate when you twist the handle/post. Kids can use them to stimulate their mouth for awareness, or use them to help become desensitized through the vibrations.


Jumbo Nuts and Bolts Set for Fine Motor Skills


This game is great for bilateral skills – using both hands together to turn the pieces. Wrist control and hand coordination is used to twist the pieces to come off or go back on.


Mini Muffin Match Up for Fine Motor Skills


Fine Motor Skills are used in this game to use the tongs to pick up the pieces, and to use fingers to get the pieces out of the muffin tin. Great for matching and cognitive skills as well!


Fine Motor Skills in Occupational Therapy Episode 29

On this episode, I discuss the history of the profession of Occupational Therapy in the United States. I also discuss fine motor skills in kids and adults including crossing midline and bilateral coordination.

Wikipedia OT history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupational_therapy
Wikipedia Greek Doctor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepiades_of_Bithynia
AJOT OT WWI article
http://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=1870396
AOTA:
https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA.aspx

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Sensory Processing
Fine Motor Skills
Autism


Sensory Processing Versus Autism Episode 28

On this episode, I talk about Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism and how they are 2 different things. You can have Sensory Processing issues without having Autism. However, it is very uncommon to have Autism without Sensory Processing issues.

Research Article:
http://ac.els-cdn.com/S2213158213000776/1-s2.0-S2213158213000776-main.pdf?_tid=e4094a56-68d9-11e7-be39-00000aab0f26&acdnat=1500067250_a5682ffa6baeeb3d3b24439e9b7eb4ae
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2013.06.009
Julia P. Owen, Elysa J. Marco, Shivani Desai, Emily Fourie, Julia Harris, Susanna S. Hill, Anne B. Arnett, Pratik Mukherjee, Abnormal white matter microstructure in children with sensory processing disorders, NeuroImage: Clinical, Volume 2, 2013, Pages 844-853, ISSN 2213-1582, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2013.06.009.

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Autism
Child Development
Sensory Processing Disorder