Special Needs

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Do Weighted Blankets Work for Toddlers?

March 19, 2019 4 Comments

Many toddlers have difficulty getting a good night's sleep. Weighted blankets for toddlers can be an effective strategy to improve sleep. However, there are some very important safety principles to follow. Learn this and more in this article.
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101 of The Best toys for Kids with Autism

March 09, 2019

Looking for the right autism toy for your child, classroom, or therapy clients? Check out our list of the best toys for sensory input, skill development, and more!
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Everything You Need to Know About Fidget Toys for Anxiety & ADHD

March 08, 2019

Can a fidget toy help your anxiety or ADHD? We take a look at the science behind them and how they can actually alleviate anxiety and ADHD symptoms.
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The Best Strategies for Calming Autistic Tantrums and Meltdowns

March 07, 2019 21 Comments

There is a difference between an autistic meltdown and an autistic tantrum. In this article, learn the difference between each and how to best calming strategies for children with autism.
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Common Medications for Autism - Can They Help?

March 04, 2019

When the behaviors and symptoms of autism are so severe they interfere with daily life and cannot be alleviated by traditional interventions, parents sometimes look to medications to help. There are many medications available. We have information to help figure out what's out there and what to consider before making a decision.
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The Go-To Guide to Social Skills and Autism

February 19, 2019 5 Comments

All children with autism show delays in social skills. Whether it's making proper eye contact or taking turns when engaging in conversation, there are many ways to help. In this article, we will explore the most effective interventions to encourage and improve social skills in children with autism.
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Life Planning for Special Needs

Life Planning for your Special Needs Child: Building Your Blueprint

February 18, 2019

This is the first article in our series about planning for the future for your special needs child. If you often worry about your child's future, have questions about financial planning for your special needs child, or maybe avoid the other difficult questions that should be answered, we're here to help.
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Music Therapy for Autism

The Benefits of Music Therapy for Kids with Autism

February 18, 2019 2 Comments

Music therapy for kids with autism is shown to have many benefits. From its calming effects to encouraging verbal communication, autism and music go hand in hand. Learn how music therapy is used and why it might be the right choice for your child.
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Arts & Crafts for Autism

Arts and Crafts Activities to Build Skills for Kids with Autism

January 30, 2019

Turn fun arts and crafts activities into skill-building opportunities. Check out these ideas for creative sensory projects ideal for kids with autism to help build skills, put together by an expert OT. These activities are easy to do at home while helping encourage healthy development.
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2019 Autism Statistics: New Recent Study Shows Increase

January 28, 2019 4 Comments

A new study shows that the rates of autism are dramatically increasing. Learn more about the study, the most recent autism statistics and other important findings from the new research, in our article written by an OT.
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Essential oils for autism and ADHD

The Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils for Autism and ADHD

January 14, 2019 3 Comments

Many parents want to consider alternative therapies for their child with autism and ADHD. Using essential oils for autism or ADHD is one alternative therapy that may be worth trying. There are many essential oils that can be beneficial and our article is your ultimate guide!
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CBD oil for autism

Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil for Autism

December 19, 2018 20 Comments

If you're researching CBD oil for a child with autism, read our article to learn about what CBD oil is, how it works, and the benefits CBD oil might have for kids with autism. There is a lot to learn and we can help!
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