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Food Jag

How Do I Know If My Child Has a Food Jag? Imagine your favorite food in front of you at the end of a long and difficult day.  For an adult, this food may be spinach lasagna, your spicy chicken quinoa rice bowl, or your favorite sushi.  You have the opportunity to eat and enjoy

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What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?

Find a more in-depth look at occupational therapy written by Taryn Erickson, M.S., OTR/L here. Pediatric Occupational Therapy focuses on improving independence, skill development, and overall functioning across daily activities or ‘occupations.’ Children have many meaningful ‘occupations’ that they participate in daily including playing, learning, drawing, reading, writing, self-care, eating, and socializing with friends and

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AAC = Independence!

“I think it’s time we start exploring A-A-C!” says your trusted language professional. Whether you’re hearing this from your child’s teacher or your child’s speech therapist, you can definitely sense the excitement. But you’re finding it hard to match their energy. You might begin asking yourself, “What is AAC? And why would I be interested

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Vision Referral: Developmental Optometrist & Occupational Therapy

**This post is a collaboration between LKS & Associates, OT, Anna Baker MA, OTR/L BCP SIPT, and Dr. Newman Optometry. Vision Referrals In the LKS and Associates blog: “Vision versus eyesight, Knowing the Difference” there is a distinction between eyesight and vision. For a more in-depth perspective on vision and visual processing, this blog will

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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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