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What is Sensory Processing?

Sensory processing is the ability of the brain to process information received through our senses. Many people think of the five basic senses: vision, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. Occupational therapists and other professionals with training in sensory processing think about not only the five basic senses but three other senses! These other senses are the body

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Stuttering

Ed Sheeran, Tiger Woods, Nicole Kidman, Kendrick Lamar, Joe Biden, Samuel L. Jackson, Emily Blunt, Bruce Willis, Marylyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and King George IV. What do all these individuals have in common? Aside from being famous, they are all individuals who stutter! About 1 percent or 70 million people in the world stutter.  What

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The Importance of Play

What is play? Play can be shaking a rattle for a 4-month-old, drawing on a chalkboard for a 3-year-old, or playing a board game for a 7-year-old. The characteristics of play include “voluntary,” “intrinsically motivated,” and “fun” 1. At the core of the motivation for play is the ability to be playful or to have

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Tummy Time Basics

I’ve been in the field for ten years, and every treatment session, I work on tummy time, whether my client is a newborn or five years old. Tummy time is essential because it is the foundation of gross motor development and plays a huge role in fine motor, oral motor, and visual-motor skills. Additionally, it

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“Picky Eater”: Sensory Feeding Disorder or Oral Motor Deficit?

A “picky eater” can create stress during meal times, dismantling the caregiver’s and child’s trusting feeding relationship. When a child is consistently refusing foods, reluctant with new foods, or has dietary deficiencies due to a limited diet, it is essential to consult with a Speech-Language Pathologist who can properly evaluate, diagnose, and implement strategies to

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What is Occupational Therapy?

Attempting to explain the profession and scope of occupational therapy (OT) to those unfamiliar has remained an ongoing challenge since attending my OT master’s program. In graduate school, we learned what to say to best build understanding and highlight the profession’s significance. My professors would say, “Something short and sweet, like an elevator speech.”  That

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Why Occupational Therapy is Important for Your Child’s Speech Progress

Occupational therapy may be the missing link to catapult your child’s speech development, let me explain. When parents bring their child in for an initial speech evaluation, the first question I always ask is what they hope their child will achieve in therapy. The answer may vary from client to client, but the most common

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