Halloween Tips for Kids with Autism Episode 47

On this episode, I give some tips for Halloween for parents of kids with Autism.  Tips include planning ahead and ideas for the actual night events!

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Research Article:
Autism and Vitamin D Study
Feng, J, et al. “Clinical improvement following vitamin D3 supplementation in Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Nutritional neuroscience., U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26783092.

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Top 5 Infant Developmental Milestones Episode 46

On this episode I talk about 5 of the most important milestones for infants, why they are important, and how to encourage your infant to do the activities for those milestones.

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Interview with Jill Loftus OT from HonestOT Episode 45

On this episode of the Milestones podcast, I have a discussion and interview with Jill Loftus, MS, OTR/L.  She is an Occupational Therapist in the Denver, Colorado area who works with kids ages birth – 8 years old.  We discuss the pros and cons of Occupational Therapy home visits versus clinic visits with kids from a therapists’ perspective.

Sorry for any glitches in the audio! This was my first experience editing an interview so there are some places where things are off just a bit! And just some funny phone sounds coming through! Bear with me!

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Sensory Processing and Preschools Episode 44

Today I discuss the dynamics between early intervention preschools, parents, and kids with sensory processing issues.  There are a lot of different perspectives coming into play with this setting, and it can be a challenge to get everyone on the same page.

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Picky Eating in Toddlers Episode 43

On this episode, I talk about issues related to toddlers and the “picky eating” phase versus when there is a bigger issue to consider with eating.

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Typical Development 12-24 month old Toddler Episode 42

On this episode, I discuss the typical development of toddlers between the ages of 12-24 months (or 1-2 years).  All areas of development are included such as: gross motor, fine motor, language, cognition, social/emotional, and self help.

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Bober, Sally J., et al. “Toddlers’ Persistence in the Emerging Occupations of Functional Play and Self-Feeding.” American Journal of Occupational Therapy, American Occupational Therapy Association, 1 July 2001, ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=1869010&resultClick=3. Accessed 29 Sept. 2017.

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Head Lag Infant Development Episode 41

In this episode, I talk about head lag in infant development.  Head lag is where you pull the infant to a sitting position and watch to see if their head lags behind or lifts along with their body.  I discuss potential red flags with head lag.

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Flanagan, Joanne E., et al. “Head Lag in Infants at Risk for Autism: A Preliminary Study.” American Journal of Occupational Therapy, American Occupational Therapy Association, 1 Sept. 2012, ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=1851612&resultClick=3. Accessed 25 Sept. 2017.

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Auditory Processing Disorder Episode 40

On this episode, I talk about Auditory Processing versus Typical Toddler “Ignoring”.  This is a question so many parents of toddles with auditory processing issues have!  It can be difficult to tell if kids are acting certain ways because of sensory issues or just typical toddler behaviors.

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Ahn, R. R., Miller, L. J., Milberger, S., & McIntosh, D. N. (2004). Prevalence of parents’ perceptions of sensory processing disorders among kindergarten children. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 58, 287–293.

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Grasp Development in Kids Episode 38

Today I will discuss the development of grasp from infants to kids as it relates to preparing for handwriting activities.

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Greutman, Heather, et al. “Typical Pencil Grasp Development for Kids.” Growing Hands-On Kids, 21 June 2017, www.growinghandsonkids.com/pencil-grasp-development-for-writing.html. Accessed 5 Sept. 2017.

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Dennis, Julie L; Swinth, Yvonne. “Pencil Grasp and Children’s Handwriting Legibility During Different-Length Writing Tasks”. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2001, Vol. 55, 175-183. doi:10.5014/ajot.55.2.175

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Autism Engagement and Joint Attention Information Episode 37

On this episode I talk about ways to make connections with kids who have Autism both at home and in clinic or school settings.

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Research Article:
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Kinnealey, M., Pfeiffer, B., Miller, J., Roan, C., Shoener, R., & Ellner, M. L. (2012). Effect of classroom modification on
attention and engagement of students with autism or dyspraxia. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66,
511–519. http://dx.doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2012.004010

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