Siblings of Children With Special Needs Episode 17 and Child Development

On this episode, I discuss issues and concerns related to siblings of kids with special needs. I shared an inspiring story on my facebook page about a set of twins where one had Autism and the other one did not.
The discussion revolves around including all kids in the family as much as possible, and trying to balance giving your attention to each one. So many parents are already good at this, but I wanted to mention it to make sure people remain conscious of how important it is!

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Research Article:
Arora M, Reichenberg A, Willfors C, Austin C, Gennings C, Berggren S, Lichtenstein P, Anckarsater H, Tammimies K, Bolte S. 2017. Fetal and postnatal metal dysregulation in autism. Nat Commun; doi: 10.1038/NCOMMS15493 [Online 1 June 2017].
https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15493

Special Needs
Child Development
Autism
Occupational Therapy


Melissa & Doug Wooden 1″ Blocks


These little wooden blocks are the perfect size for toddlers! They can easily hold onto the blocks, and build towers, trains, or whatever else they can think of! The letters and pictures on the sides are great for encouraging language development as well!


Developmental Milestones with Babies who are Born Premature Episode 16

On this episode I discuss developmental milestones in babies who are born premature or preterm, and how they could be affected by their premature birth. Medical complications are considered as well.

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Research Article: Visual orienting and attention deficits in 5- and
10-month-old preterm infants
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4530987/
Ross-Sheehy, Shannon., Perone, Sammy., Macek, Kelsi., Eschman, Bret. Infant Behavior and Development (2017) 46: 80-90. website.

Child Development
Special Needs
Sensory Processing
Developmental Milestones


Classroom Considerations for Teachers and Kids with Special Needs Episode 15

In this episode I discuss possible considerations for teachers to use with children in their classrooms. These ideas could benefit both kids with and without special needs. Strategies are given for ways to potentially increase their attention to tasks as well as help them be calm when being over active or “wound up”.

Research Article: http://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=1851485
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July/August 2011, Vol. 65, 393-399. doi:10.5014/ajot.2011.000554
Wittfitt Website: https://www.wittfitt.com/product-category/stability-balls/

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Child Development
Sensory Processing
Occupational Therapy
Special Needs


Weighted Sensory Lap Pad


Weighted lap pads can be a calming strategy to use with kids who are feeling fidgety and wound up or anxious. The weight on their lap can provide some deep pressure which could be enough to make them feel calm and ready to sit and learn.


Chew Stixx Pencil Toppers


These chewable pencil toppers are great for those kids who feel the need to chew on things like pencils, pens, clothing, etc. These are meant for chewing and biting to help fulfill the sensory need. Use with supervision and discard at the first sign of wear and tear.


Gymnic Disc-O-Sit Inflatable Seat Cushion


This inflatable disc seat cushion can be used with kids who have that need to keep moving while they are sitting in one place! The disc can be used at home or in school for kids to sit longer while eating meals or doing school work at their desk. Also, great for circle time with the younger kids who need their own space to sit during this group activity.
The discs are lightweight, durable, and very easy to use!


Bottles and Cups in Infant and Child Development Episode 14

On this episode we take a look at a research study that determines what causes the most injuries to children under 3 years of age with regards to bottles, sippy cups, and pacifiers.
Then, you get an Occupational Therapists perspective on teaching kids to drink from an open cup or straw cup when transitioning from bottle drinking.

Research Study Information:
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/129/6/1104.full.pdf
Sarah A. Keim, Erica N. Fletcher, Megan R. W. TePoel and Lara B. McKenzie. Pediatrics. 2012;129;1104; originally published online May 14, 2012; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-3348.

See Amazon links for:
Reflo Cups: Reflo Smart Cup, Green
Take N Toss Cups: The First Years Straw Cup, Take and Toss, 10 Ounce,, 8-Count

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Child Development
Infant Development
Sensory Processing
Oral Motor
Special Needs


Take N Toss Straw Cups


Take N Toss straw cups are great for teaching kids how to drink from a straw. You can give the cup a little squeeze and some of the liquid will come up through the straw. It is not completely spill proof, but usually only a little will spill out if it gets tipped over. They are light weight and easy for little hands to hold as well.


Reflo Smart Cup


This cup is a great way to start teaching children to drink from an open cup with potentially less spilling than with an open cup. You can allow them to have some independence without worrying about the entire drink spilling right away if the cup tips over.
The cup has a round piece that fits down inside the cup above the liquid. It has small spaces all around the edge of the round piece that will allow liquid to easily flow out when the cup is tipped up. However, the entire amount of liquid will not pour out at once. It will flow through the spaces into a smaller stream for drinking with a more controlled flow than with just an open cup.