What are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)? ACEs are potentially traumatic experiences that occur to children under 18 years old that can include intentional or unintentional abuse, neglect, and/or dysfunction. Common example include: divorce, physical/sexual abuse, household or community violence, household mental illness/suicide or suicide attempts/substance abuse, bullying, serious medical procedures or illnesses. What is Trauma? […]
Screen time usage in children is at an all-time high. Studies are finding that 2 and 3-year-olds are using screens between 2-3 hours per day, 8 to 18 years old have an average usage of more than 7 hours per day, and often teenagers are using more than 11 hours per day. This screen time […]
Imagine this – Everyday while getting ready for school your child tries to zip up their jacket and is unsuccessful, so each day they turn to you and rely on you to zip it up. After this occurs many, many times the child begins to believe that they are not capable of zipping up their […]
Sit back and relax. What do you feel inside your body? Are your muscles tense or relaxed? Are you thirsty? Is your heart beating fast or slow? Do you need to use the bathroom? To answer these question, you must use your interoception system. This system helps you feel or sense the inside of your […]
Does your child have a very restricted range of foods they eat? Do they tend to cry or “fall apart” when presented with new foods? Do they refuse entire categories or textures of food? Do their feeding problems cause dysfunction in your everyday life? If yes, your child may benefit from some of the feeding […]
Every few months we recognize the hard work of some of our patients. We are so proud of all the accomplishments that our SPOTlight stars have made in speech, physical, and occupational therapy! Our stars have learned how to ride a bike, cut their food, and brush their hair. Read all about it below!
Promoting Language Development Through Play Research suggest that young children learn best through play (Vygotsky, 1933). Therefore, it is important to engage and interact with your child during these play activities. Following your child’s lead can help to increase engagement. Below are simple techniques that can be used to promote early language development. Imitation: With […]
Karen is celebrating 4 yrs as part of The Therapy SPOT team. Way to go, Karen!
Finger Twister Activity Skills Addressed: finger dexterity and finger isolation Materials & Set-Up: Materials to make: twister board and spinner template, glue, cardboard or cereal box, scissors Materials to play: twister board, a coin, and your fingers! 1. Print: Twister Board and Spinner Template 2. Cut out and glue twister board to piece of cardboard […]
Our team of expert speech, physical and occupational therapists are dedicated and passionate. Congratulations to Kathy for 2 years as part of The Therapy SPOT team! So many patients have benefited from your knowledge!