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Everything You Need to Know About Infant Reflexes

Everything You Need to Know About Infant Reflexes

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L November 17, 2022

At birth, primitive reflexes are present to assist in survival - most develop in utero. Primitive reflexes should integrate - go away or develop - around 12 months of age, some closer to two or three years old. Read this article to learn what reflexes newborns have, how to know if they integrate, and how to help if they don't!

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Meltdowns After School - Strategies to Help

Meltdowns After School - Strategies to Help 

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L September 27, 2022

Why does your child have a meltdown as soon as they get home from school? Why can’t they engage and tell you about their day? Why can’t they seem to focus and follow instructions for tasks around the house? 

Read this article to learn why and use our ideas and strategies to help!

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Sensory Strategies to Help Kids Start the School Day

Sensory Strategies to Help Kids Start the School Day

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L August 22, 2022

Does your child struggle to wake up in the morning? Do they have difficulty following their morning routine before school? Is the transition to school in the morning one of the hardest transitions of the day? If so, this article will give you some ideas as to WHY these challenges are occurring as well as some tips and tricks to help! 
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What is dyscalculia? blog post

What is Dyscalculia?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L August 04, 2022

Are you familiar with the diagnosis dyscalculia? Many people have never heard of it due to the small percentage of individuals who are diagnosed each year. However, dyscalculia can be a very challenging learning disability, which is why we’re going to dive into all the details in this article!
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Everything you need to know about sensory diets

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

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L July 08, 2022 1 Comment

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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What is Dysgraphia blog post

What is Dysgraphia?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L June 24, 2022

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing. In our article, we’ll dive into the specific skills required for handwriting, spelling, and creative writing. We’ll also talk about strategies that can help if your child struggles with or is showing signs of dysgraphia.

 

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What is Dyslexia?

What is Dyslexia?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L June 16, 2022

You’ve likely heard of dyslexia before. Most people associate dyslexia with reading and writing challenges, specifically letter reversals. While that can be associated with dyslexia, that’s not all it is. Read our article to learn all about dyslexia, including signs that can be present in children and what you can do to help your child if you suspect they may have dyslexia.

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Motor Planning and Praxis blog post

What is Motor Planning and Praxis?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L May 13, 2022 1 Comment

What is motor planning and praxis? Well from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed, you are constantly motor planning your movements. Read our article to learn more about motor planning and praxis, challenges with praxis and ways to help support a child who has challenges with praxis and motor planning skills.
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What is multisensory processing blog post

What is multisensory processing?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L May 11, 2022

Multi-sensory processing is when more than one sense takes in information at the same time. Check out this article to learn all about multisensory processing, challenges that can occur, and ways to help!
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Crawling Blog Post

Why Crawling is a Milestone Your Baby Should Meet

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L April 28, 2022 1 Comment

Recently the CDC Developmental Milestone checklist was updated to remove crawling as a necessary milestone. We think crawling is an important milestone your baby should meet! Read our article to learn why crawling is the foundation for higher level skill development and learn ways you can help your baby master crawling.
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What are fine motor skills?

What are fine motor skills?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L February 10, 2022

Fine motor describes the activities and skills that involve the hands and fingers, wrists and forearms. Read our article to get a detailed overview of fine motor skills development, delays in fine motor skills, and the best activities to promote fine motor development!
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What are gross motor skills?

What are gross motor skills?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L February 01, 2022

Gross motor describes the activities and skills that involve large groups of muscles - the arms, legs, and trunk. Read our article to get a detailed overview of gross motor skills development, delays in gross motor skills, and the best activities to promote gross motor development!
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