Sensory Activities for Infants and Young Children

By: Christine Hemelians, MS OTR/L Below listed are the various activities for infants and toddlers broken down into the different sensory systems. Proprioceptive system: (the body’s ability to sense movement, action, and location in space)   Infants: Toddlers: Graded tummy time on caregiver’s chest (airplane rides) Running, jumping, hopping, skipping, climbing Lotion massage and joint […]

When to seek PT services

By Francesca Resurreccion PT, DPT Parenthood is a journey filled with joy, wonder, and sometimes, unexpected challenges. For some parents, the realization that their child may need additional support in the form of pediatric physical therapy services can be both daunting and confusing. However, seeking early intervention is crucial in addressing developmental concerns and ensuring […]

The benefits of using a visual schedule

By: Christine Hemelians, MS, OTR/L  Adults often use calendars, post-its, “to do” lists, and organizers to help complete tasks and enhance memory. Children as young as 12 months can also benefit from similar tools and reminders. When a child doesn’t understand what he/she is expected of them or what they’re supposed to do, and an […]

Sensory Strategies for Bedtime

By: Christine Hemelians, MSOT, OTR/L  Did you know that difficulties with sensory integration can negatively impact sleep? Close to 30% of children have trouble sleeping; that includes either falling asleep, staying asleep, or being comfortable while trying to sleep (Vasak, Williamson, Garden, & Zwicker, 2015). Stimuli (i.e. sights, sounds, touch) may make it difficult for […]

Talk like me, mommy!

By Russell Strause, MS-CCC, SLP Have you ever wondered why adults talk to babies as if they were one? Have you caught yourself exaggerating your speech sometimes to the point where you’re almost singing? Have you ever heard the terms ‘motherese’ or ‘parentese’ before? This seemingly strange phenomenon is actually supported by years of science […]

How the Pandemic has Affected Children’s Development

How the Pandemic has Affected Children's Development

By Madison L. Gwizdalski, MS-CCC, SLP Parents and providers know that the early experiences a child has can greatly shape their development. “Typical development” is fostered by a combination of nature and nurture, both the child’s genetic environment and their social environment. So, what happens when a child’s primary social experience is one that may include […]