Early Signs of Autism in Infants and Toddlers Episode 58

On this episode I discuss what some of the early common signs of Autism are in Infants and Toddlers.  I also discuss a research study about trial using parent-mediated video intervention.

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Research Article
Green, J, et al. “Randomised trial of a parent-Mediated intervention for infants at high risk for autism: longitudinal outcomes to age 3 years.” Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Dec. 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28393350.

Intro and Ending Music by: Nathan Kirch. “Dredgpop2”

Senseez Vibrating Pillow

Senseez vibrating pillows for kids with sensory processing disorder that benefit from the vibration as a means of deep pressure stimulation. Helps with body awareness and calming sensations.

Pillow Pets Glow Animals

One option for visual stimulation and calming at night for toddlers or kids with sensory processing issues that prevents them from falling asleep.

Interoception for Sensory Processing Disorder Episode 26

On this episode I talk about what Interoception is, how the brain processes sensory information within the body, and some strategies to help with this.

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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:
Keim, Sarah A., et al. “Injuries Associated With Bottles, Pacifiers, and Sippy Cups in the United States, 1991–2010.” Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics, 1 June 2012, pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/6/1104. Accessed 6 Sept. 2017.

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Take N Toss Cups: The First Years Straw Cup, Take and Toss, 10 Ounce,, 8-Count

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Child Development
Infant Development
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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.

“W” Sitting Effect in Child Development Episode 13

On this show, I talk about the effects of “W” sitting in child development. Whether or not to correct kids who are “W” sitting is apparently a controversial topic! However, as an Occupational Therapist in early intervention, I work with kids who have special needs or developmental and motor delays so my perspective is pretty clear. When kids have developmental or motor delays for whatever reason, they often have weakness in their core muscles (tummy, sides, and back). “W” sitting can allow this weakness to continue which could make their school aged years more difficult than they have to be.


Research Article on W Sitting and Flatfoot
Chen, Kun-Chung, et al. “Relevant factors influencing flatfoot in preschool-Aged children.” SpringerLink, Springer-Verlag, 22 Dec. 2010, link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00431-010-1380-7. Accessed 6 Sept. 2017.

Owens, Buffy. The Brilliance of W Sitting. Conscious Movements. Web. 5/22/2017

Primitive Reflexes: The Answer Behind W Sitting and How to Fix it. Integrated Learning Strategies Learning Corner. Web. 5/22/2017.

Flat Foot (Pes Planus)
Web MD. Flatfoot Pes Planus Topic Overview. Web. 5/22/2017.

Femoral Anteversion
Boston Children’s Hospital. Femoral Anteversion Overview. Web. 5/22/2017.

Today News Story on W Sitting
Pawlowski, A. Today. Why W Sitting is Really Not So Bad for Kids After All. Web. 5/22/2017.

Child Development
Sensory Processing
Special Needs