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Top 10 Gifts for Children with Autism

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019

Do you need gift ideas for a child with autism? We've compiled a list of the Top 10 Gifts, that are both functional and fun for kids with ASD. We've also organized the toys by price range, so you'll find the perfect one to match your budget.
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Could A Sensory Room Help Your Child?

by Dr. Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L June 06, 2019 2 Comments

The goal of a sensory room is to provide a safe place where someone who has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) can go when they need to either calm or stimulate their senses. Sensory rooms provide a great variety of activities to help and can meet therapeutic goals. 
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What are the benefits of a weighted blanket for Autism?

by Casey Ames June 06, 2019 6 Comments

Weighted blankets work well for a number of disorders, but what are the benefits specifically for those with autism? Learn what the science says about using weighted blankets for those with autism.
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10 Therapeutic Activities for Children with Autism

by Dr. Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L May 31, 2019 11 Comments

Check out our list of our expert's favorite therapeutic activities for autistic children. These are easy activities and toys that are easy to begin working into your child's life and can be very affordable to begin!
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The Ultimate Guide to Deep Pressure Therapy

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP May 25, 2019 8 Comments

What is deep pressure therapy (or deep touch pressure) and can it help autism and anxiety for adults and children? See what the science says, as well as how to best get the benefits in your life. We cover everything from deep pressure therapy dogs to deep pressure products.
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The 10 Best Fidget and Stim Toys To Improve Focus in Children with Autism

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP May 18, 2019 4 Comments

Do you have a child or know someone that has autism stimming behavior? It turns out, that simply buying the latest fidget toy isn't always the most effective toy to get them. Read about how to choose the best stim toy for your child in our article.
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Ultimate List of Sensory Toys

The Ultimate List of Sensory Toys

by Dr. Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L May 16, 2019 2 Comments

Sensory activities can help regulate the sensory system for children and adults with sensory processing disorder. Check out our list that is organized by each of the sensory systems!
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Life Planning for Your Special Needs Child-PART 2: Finding extra financial help

by Jacqueline Beirne May 13, 2019

How do you financially plan for the future when you have a child with special needs? There are a variety of social services, depending upon what state you reside, that can assist with the cost of care for your special needs child. In Part 2 of our series about Life Planning for Your Special Needs Child, we show you how to find that extra financial help so you can be prepared for the future.
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What is Sensory Integration Therapy and Could it Help Your Child?

by Dr. Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L May 04, 2019 5 Comments

Sensory Integration is the process through which we sense the world around us. Sensory Integration Therapy can help address issues associated with sensory processing disorder. Learn more about how this therapy could help your child with SPD.
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What is a Weighted Blanket and What are the Benefits?

by Casey Ames May 03, 2019 10 Comments

Wondering what a weighted blanket is and what is the purpose of having one? Learn how weighted blankets can benefit sleep issues, anxiety, autism, ADHD, insomnia and more. We dive into all the related weighted blanket research and studies to give you the most comprehensive overview of weighted blankets.
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The Ultimate Guide to Improving ADHD-Related Sleep Issues

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP May 02, 2019 2 Comments

ADHD and sleep problems are more common than one would expect for children and adults. Learn everything you can do to improve sleeping with our science-backed strategies, including calming techniques and supplements, like melatonin.
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What is High Functioning Autism?

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP April 25, 2019

Autism Spectrum Disorder refers to a broad range of conditions that involve impaired social communication, repetitive behaviors, and deficits in speech and language. What is High Functioning Autism and where does it fall in the spectrum of autism? Is high functioning autism the same as Asperger's? Read our blog to learn more.
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