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April 28, 2022

21 Benefits of Sensory Play For Autism

Any child can benefit from sensory play. Children on the autism spectrum can be sensitive to everyday sensory experiences, something as simple as a certain texture in their clothing can be a trigger for a child to become upset. By exposing children to different sensory experiences, it can help the child learn how to better… Read more »

March 21, 2022

Get Ready to Read Screening Tool

The Get Ready to Read! Screening Tool takes about 10 minutes to administer and was designed to provide early childhood professionals and parents with a “snapshot” of where a child is on the path to developing important early literacy skills. The Screening Tool is NOT a formal assessment or a way to identify disabilities. However,… Read more »

March 10, 2022

Don’t Forget the Books

In an age where every toddler knows how to navigate an iPhone, we must not forget the importance of real hands-on books.  Before children can even read, they are chewing on books, throwing books, flipping through the pages like there’s a prize at the end.  Even as adults, many people have various happy childhood memories… Read more »

January 25, 2022

Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder

It is our sense of vision that allows us to see and make sense of the words on this page.  However, our sense of vision may not always process information correctly, leaving us to feel disorganized, confused, and unsure of what we see. What if the way you processed the title of this article made… Read more »

December 29, 2021

What is Generalization?

The overarching goal of any therapeutic activity is for the child or adult to be able to use the targeted skill in any location with any person.  Sometimes skills that are learned through therapeutic activities are only mastered in the environment in which they were learned and with the people in that environment.  Generalization helps… Read more »

December 29, 2021

An Introduction to The Zones of Regulation

Each day we react to situations, other people, and our emotions through the course of our daily events and interactions. As adults, we utilize principles of self-regulation to help us deal with the ups and downs of our daily lives; engaging in yoga, meditation, exercise, journaling, or walking away from a situation, just to name… Read more »

December 7, 2021

Ruling Out Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can affect a child’s learning, communication skills, language, and speech. The earlier a child is identified with a hearing loss and introduced to intervention, the better their chances of lessening their delays in speech and language.     Newborn hearing screening The California Department of Health Care Services put in action a statewide Newborn… Read more »

October 21, 2021

The Development of Print Knowledge

Children start to learn language from the day they are born. As they grow and develop, so do their speech and language skills. They learn to understand and use language to express their thoughts, ideas, and feelings to communicate with others.  During this stage of early speech and language development, children also learn skills that… Read more »

October 21, 2021

What is a Sensory Diet and Why Does My Child Need One?

Every person explores, feels, and senses her environment differently. For some people, playing soothing background music helps increase focus, while for others, all background noise is distracting. A sensory diet is a personalized set of activities and environmental modifications embedded in daily routines which support individuals to be successful in tasks and transitions. What is… Read more »

September 28, 2021

How Do I Make My Child Talk?

Parents of young children frequently ask, “How do I make my child talk?”  There is no way to “make” a child speak, but we can use techniques to keep a child interested and motivated so he or she wants to try to speak.    Children learn through play The most important thing to remember is that a… Read more »

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