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What is the Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex?

What is the Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC June 09, 2021

The Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR) is one of many infant primitive reflexes - an involuntary movement pattern that we are all born with.The TLR can be most easily seen in infants when laying on the tummy - it looks like the Superman position. Learn all about the TLR, how it integrates, and what to do if your child has unintegrated TLR.
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What are the Benefits of Sensory Swings?

What are the Benefits of Sensory Swings? Learn How They Can Help Your Child

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC June 04, 2021

Children with autism and sensory processing disorder often feel overwhelmed by their environment.  Sensory swings can offer great sensory input that can help relieve some of their issues with sensory processing disorder. Learn more about therapy swings for autism here.
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What is the Moro Reflex?

What is the Moro Reflex?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC May 25, 2021

The Moro reflex is one of many infant primitive reflexes. If it isn't integrated at the right time, it can result in hypersensitivity, adverse reactions to small problems, focus, and concentration, and overall anxiety. Read our article to learn more about the Moro reflex, symptoms of when it doesn't integrate, and ways to help promote integration of the Moro reflex.

 

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What Are Primitive Reflexes?

What Are Primitive Reflexes?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC May 14, 2021

We are all born with primitive reflexes and they should naturally integrate to promote higher level learning and motor development. Read our article to learn about the most common primitive reflexes addressed by Occupational Therapists and simple ideas that you can use to help your child.
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How to Help a Special Needs Child Adapt to Online Learning

How to Succeed With Online Learning for Special Education Students

by Casey Ames February 04, 2021

Students with special needs face significant issues involving their education and learning. If your special needs child is now learning online due to COVID-19, those issues can become even more apparent. Check out our tools and strategies to help both you and your special needs child succeed with remote learning.
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What to Know About Speech Therapy for Autism

by Casey Ames February 01, 2021

Speech language therapy was developed to support children and adults with language and communication difficulties. In our article, you'll learn all about speech therapy for autism, how a speech therapist approaches language and communication disorders and how to choose a speech language pathologist.
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Diagnosing a Learning Disability Blog Post

What Testing Can Help Diagnose Learning Disabilities?

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP January 19, 2021

It is estimated that 10% of the population experience some type of learning disorder. Having a learning disability go undiagnosed can contribute to life-long challenges. Learn how you can recognize the signs of a learning disability and how to work toward a diagnosis so the right accommodations can be made.
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Everything you need to know about sensory diets

The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Diets - Activities, Templates, and More

by Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC & Jessica Hill, COTA/L November 24, 2020

Sensory Diets can help kids with sensory processing challenges and SPD. A Sensory Diet is designed to give the child sensory input at different times throughout the day through specific sensory activities. Read this article to learn everything you need to know about sensory diets!
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AAC for Autism Blog Post

Using Augmentative & Alternative (AAC) Communication for Autism

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L November 10, 2020

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a type of assistive technology for communication that allows a child with autism to express their needs and thoughts effectively. In this article, we'll review the different types of AAC available to best help your child. If used correctly AAC can improve speech, communication, and social-emotional communication!
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7 Tips for Potty Training Kids with Autism

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP October 28, 2020

Potty training is an activity of daily living and a developmental milestone. Potty training a child with autism often involves many challenges. In this article we share 7 super helpful tips as well as factors you should consider before you start.
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Autism & Jobs Blog Post

The Ultimate Guide to Employment for People with Autism

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP October 16, 2020 2 Comments

It's so important for individuals with autism to be prepared for the adult world so that they can lead more meaningful lives beyond their school years. Follow our awesome guide filled with resources and steps you can take toward the optimal career path!
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Anger & Autism Blog Post

Our Best Strategies for Dealing with Autism and Anger

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L October 05, 2020

Anger is often an emotion that is associated with autism spectrum disorder. Most children with autism do not express anger in the same way as typically-developing peers. This article will explain why this happens and provides recommendations to help.
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