Can Occupational Therapy Help Your Child?

Most people are unaware of what occupational therapists do and are surprised to learn that many of them work with children. It helps to think about the “occupations” of a child’s life: play, school, and self-help skills. If a child is struggling in any of those areas, an occupational therapist may be able to help, particularly if the problems arise from a difficulty in sensory processing or motor coordination.

Connecting Music Therapy and Autism

Music therapy and autism are buzzwords that are being heard often in the news recently.  But many people still ask what is music therapy?  What is autism?  And what is the connection between the two?  I am a board-certified music therapist who has worked for seven years with children with various developmental disabilities, including those with autism.

Early Intervention at Home

Many parents have heard the phrase “early intervention,” but what does it really mean?  Early intervention is key to helping prevent or lessen the symptoms of developmental disabilities, such as autism.  Early intervention can help children reach their full potential, and parents need to be the first to help their children succeed.  Don’t wait for a doctor or friend to notice concerns about your child -- follow some tips for starting early intervention at home.

Interactive Metronome Therapy

“The Interactive Metronome (IM) is a research-based training program that helps children and adults overcome attention, memory, and coordination limitations,” according to the official Interactive Metronome website.  It is a therapy that has multiple applications, and it can potentially help individuals of any age with mental and physical disabilities.

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Sensory Integration: Building Blocks

The majority of learning disabilities stem from underlying sensory processing disorder. When the child's sensory processing issues are addressed through sensory integration intervention, the road blocks to the way the child processes starts to come down, and the distortions are replaced with free flowing, faster, processing skills.

What is Equine Therapy?

Many parents are given discouraging news about their children with disabilities -- this prognosis gives little hope to parents of these children, which is an unfair and negative situation.  There are therapies many parents have never heard of, including equine therapy.

4 Paws for Ability Gives Service Dogs to Kids

Karen Shirk is the founder and executive director of 4 Paws for Ability, a nonprofit organization that places service dogs with people rejected from the big service dog agencies. These include children with special needs. When Shirk found out that no agency would place a dog with a child, she researched the Americans with Disabilities Act and could find no legal reason why having a service dog would not be possible if a parent served as a co-handler. In October 1998, 4 Paws for Ability was born. "People started calling from all over to ask, 'Am I too young? Am I too old?

Underwater Treadmill Gives Paraplegics Hope

In a study by Middle Tennessee State University’s (MTSU) Department of Health and Human Performance, a treadmill at the bottom of a tank filled with 270 gallons of water has been helping paraplegics make great strides. This same technique has also been applied to children with cerebral palsy (CP) to improve their endurance and leg strength.

Autism Movement Therapy "Wakes Up the Brain"

"Programs like Joanne's Autism Movement Therapy offer opportunities for our kids to develop the necessary and fundamental skills that benefit all our kids.  Art saved my life!"