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Sleepless in Summer? Tips & Tricks for Sleep for the Whole Family

Sleepless in Summer? Tips & Tricks for Sleep for the Whole Family

After a long summer day of swimming, camping, or playing in the sun, the last thing anyone wants—or needs—is a long, sleepless night. Sleep supports growth and development in children and adolescents, and it supports optimal brain function, a healthy immune system, and participation in daily activities for individuals of all ages (AOTA, 2017, NIH 2012).

When a Dragon Moves In

When a Dragon Moves In

We know children thrive when they are given freedom to create their own made up worlds and ideas. With imagination and creativity, anything is possible! With imagination and creativity, a cardboard box can become a car, a bedsheet can become a secret fort, and a paper plate can become a dragon! One of my favorite books, When a Dragon Moves In,

Sensational Summer Tips & Tricks

Sensational Summer Tips & Tricks

Swimming pools, parades, fireworks, and trips to the park are all sure signs of summertime. Although it’s the best time of year for many children and their families, summer events can also bring novel challenges to daily life due to increased sensory input including visual, auditory, tactile, and social stimuli.

Maintaining Speech Skills Throughout Summer

Maintaining Speech Skills Throughout Summer

In the summer, it can be challenging to target speech and language goals! We want our children to enjoy their summers, but we can also make working on speech goals fun with activities we are already doing! 

The Therapeutic Benefits of Dance

The Therapeutic Benefits of Dance

Have you considered dance to help develop fine and gross motor skills, proprioception and confidence? Whether your child loves to move or jam out, dance could be their calling! Dance can have multiple benefits for helping a child learn more about their body and their vast sensory preferences.

COVID-19 Friendly Outdoor Interactions

COVID-19 Friendly Outdoor Interactions

While COVID-19 may have changed how we are able to interact with others, one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that social interaction is vital for the development of children. Children learn and grow by being active participants and engaging with their…

Animal Moves: A Fun Gross Motor Activity for PT, OT, and ST

Animal Moves: A Fun Gross Motor Activity for PT, OT, and ST

When adapting to virtual therapy, finding interactive and engaging session plans was possibly one of the biggest challenges therapists and educators were met with. Animal Moves proved to be successful and popular with simple instructions and broadly understood movement patterns for motivating and accessible games for a wide range of children.

When Should My Child Be Making Certain Speech Sounds?

When Should My Child Be Making Certain Speech Sounds?

Have you ever had a conversation with your child and had a hard time understanding a word they were saying? Maybe you noticed that they used one sound for another sound in a word, such as “wed” for “red.” If you have experienced this, you might have wondered “when...