Occupational Therapy Month

With the rise of autism and the promotions to increase autism awareness, April is a pretty full month.  However, autism shares April with occupational therapy, and the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) lovingly calls April “OT Month.”

What is Recreation Therapy?

Recreation therapists plan and direct leisure activities for individuals with disabilities or illness.  These leisure activities can be a myriad of things, including arts, music, sports, movement, dance, games, wellness, and exercise.

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy.  This service is getting more attention and more and more people are becoming familiar with.  But, do you really know what it means?  It is obvious by the term itself, that music is involved, and there is some therapeutic benefit.  But, ask any music therapist or family receiving music therapy, it goes much deeper than that.  

Sensory Processing Disorder: Not a Stand-Alone Condition

Occupational therapists often provide sensory integration therapy, which helps children who are sensitive to touch and sound.  This therapy helps children adapt to external stimuli; while doctors do agree that occupational therapy helps with the symptoms, they caution that sensory processing disorder is actually a sign of an underlying problem.

What is Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is a treatment for speech and language disorders.  A speech disorder involves a problem producing words and sounds, whereas a language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding words and putting together sentences and ideas for communication.  Speech therapy helps individuals gain the ability to communicate through speech and language.

What is Treatment for Autism?

The autism spectrum is just that -- a diverse spectrum with many different variables -- a fact that makes treatment for autism wide ranging.  Most commonly, treatment for autism involves both behavioral and medicinal interventions.  Addressing the symptoms of autism as well as those conditions often comorbid with autism can provide well-rounded treatment for autism. 

Therapy and Treatment for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is not a progressive disorder, meaning it does not worsen over time, but going to therapy and treatment sessions will help improve your child’s quality of life.  Some symptoms can even improve with continued therapy for cerebral palsy.  No two children with CP are the same, so each treatme

Music Therapy for Children with ADHD

According to the American Music Therapy Association, “Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.”

Equine Therapy: Connecting Through Emotions

Being an Equine Specialist for the Papillion Center for FASD has changed my life in the best way.  I got certified through EAGALA in 2010.  However, it wasn't until 2011 that we got a horse.  In one trip we actually ended up with two horses.  A Thoroughbred retired race horse that had been abused, neglected and abused again.  And then there was a family Quarter-horse who was Alfa on his land.

RicStar's Summer Camp: Looking Beyond Disability

“Music therapy is a remarkably therapeutic tool that is used in a wide range of disabilities to help enhance social, physical, emotional, and behavioral skills in those individuals,” says Judy Winter, co-founder of the Eric “RicStar” Winter Music Therapy Camp in East Lansing, Michigan.