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Developmental delays, communication difficulties and/or motor planning and sensory processing challenges can impede a child’s ability to express himself. Traditional therapies focus on helping the child to overcome these deficits. We may, however, become so bogged down in these necessary therapies, that we overlook the importance of enlivening the spirit in a child.

Learning and Playing with Dramatic Arts

"I HATE the cold! Why didn’t I buy that condo in Florida!" blurts out the diminutive four-year-old. She looks adorable with her contagious smile and beautiful curly blonde hair poking out from underneath the squirrel costume she’s wearing. She seems like any other vivacious 4 year old but she’s not. She has autism. And she’s having fun while learning very important life skills.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy’s purpose is to assist clients so they can participate in activities of daily life. Pediatric occupational therapists work in a variety of settings and within various systems. Some examples include: pediatric intensive care units, rehabilitation units, private clinics, and schools. Pediatric therapists work with children and young adults who have mental, physical, emotional, and developmental delays.

DIR/FLOORTIME: A Developmental Approach to Play Therapy for Children Impacted by Autism Treatment

Often children who have been derailed by developmental delays like autism present for treatment with very poor or no apparent play skills. There is an equally low level of interest in engaging with play partners. This has led to a pessimistic view by psychiatric clinicians of the play capacities of children with developmental challenges.

Lives of the Therapies: Autism Movement Therapy®--Aut-erobics® Movement & Music Sensory Integration to “Wake Up the Brain”

The brain is an information processing wonder. We process and store information in either long term or short term areas of the brain. When we need that information again, we retrieve it via a pathway (white brain matter) in the mapping area (gray matter) of the brain.

Articulation Speech Therapy: How Long Should It Take?

In general, if a child had not corrected an “r” sound distortion after six months in therapy the therapy should stop. In articulation therapy a speech/language pathologist identifies the sounds a child needs to correct and teaches the child how to make the sound. Practice tasks are implemented to stabilize the new pattern of sounds at school and carryover tasks are sent home to help generalize the use of those new sounds. In most instances new sounds can and should be stabilized within a three to six month period.

Communication Aides & Devices: Therapy Tool or Communication Substitute?

Children with difficulty developing verbal speech are often in need of aides or devices to help them understand and use language. For these children, schools often use programs like PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) to help grow language and comprehension, along with visual strategies and signs. Some children have problems maintaining attention when they have to manipulate the pictures in PECS or motor plan for signing, so other supports are brought in. Many devices have symbols and/or voice output when touched or typed.