About Allison

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, and went on to get a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center. As soon as I graduated I began building my caseload by contracting with the state of Missouri infant and toddler program. Over the last 10 years I have worked with the infant and toddler program as well as private pay cases with children up to 15 years old. I work with families on practical ways to make positive changes to their lives. I provide hands on direct therapy as well as parent education and consultation. Therapy is individualized to each child and family's specific needs. I prefer to start out with direct in home services and decrease to face to face consultation or internet-based consultation via Skype.

Fisher Price Bright Beginnings Activity Walker


These walkers are perfect for the 7-18 month age range, where they are learning to pull to stand, and start taking some steps forward with assistance.


Typical Development 7 to 12 Months of Age Episode 36

On this Episode I talk about the typical developmental milestones for the ages of 7-12 months.

Protective Extension of Arms Backward
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8333/8417783266_98304248a3.jpg

Whole Hand Grasp Development
http://www.growinghandsonkids.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Typical-Pencil-Grasp-Development-Twitter2.png

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 – United States
http://www.eclipsewise.com/solar/SEnews/TSE2017/TSE2017fig/TSE2017-usa.jpg

Email: allison@mymidwesttherapy.com
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Infant Play Mat for Developmental Milestones


These mats are great for 0-6 months age range. You can use them for gross motor, fine motor, vision, cognitive, and language skills.


Typical Developmental Milestones Birth to 6 months Old – Episode 35

On this episode I discuss typical development for birth – 6 month old babies. What are developmental milestones, developmental delays, and what is typical development?

ATNR Reflex:
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See my Instagram page for Images of ATNR Reflex examples: #milestonespodcast

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Transition to School Episode 34

On this episode I talk about the transition from Early Intervention to Early Childhood, and the transition from summer to back to school for parents, teachers, and therapists.

Email: allison@mymidwesttherapy.com
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Special Needs
Early Intervention
Early Childhood
Occupational Therapy


Hair Cut with Sensory Processing Disorder Episode 33

On this episode, I discuss issues with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and hair cuts, styles, and overall tactile sensory issues related to the hair and head. I provide some suggestions for helping kids with sensory processing disorder try to get through a hair cut.

website: http://www.mymidwesttherapy.com/
email: allison@mymidwesttherapy.com
Instagram: milestonespodcast
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Sensory Processing Disorder
Tactile Sensory Processing
Developmental Milestones


Vibrating Item for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder


For kids with Sensory Issues! They may love the vibration and seek out that sensation for deep pressure on their arms and legs. If they don’t like the sensation, it may be something to work towards.


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

Website: http://www.mymidwesttherapy.com/
Email: allison@mymidwesttherapy.com
Instagram: milestonespodcast

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.

Website: http://www.mymidwesttherapy.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mymidwesttherapy/
Email: allison@mymidwesttherapy.com
Instagram: milestonespodcast

Sensory Processing
Developmental Milestones
Autism
Child Development