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Ultimate Guide to Deep Pressure Therapy blog post

The Ultimate Guide to Deep Pressure Therapy

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP May 25, 2019 7 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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stim toys blog post

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 3 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 Cara Koscinski, 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 blog post

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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Sensory Integration Therapy Blog Post

What is Sensory Integration Therapy and Could it Help Your Child?

by Cara Koscinski, 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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benefits of weighted blankets blog post

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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ADHD Sleeping Issues blog Post

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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High Functioning Autism blog post

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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Oppositional Defiant Disorder blog post

Everything you need to know about Oppositional Defiant Disorder in children

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L April 25, 2019

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) in children is an increasingly common diagnosis. The behaviors associated with this diagnosis can be difficult to address if education is not provided on the most effective approaches. Read our article to learn about ODD, what causes it, and the best ways to address behaviors associated with oppositional defiant disorder.
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Mental Health for Parents Blog Post

Mental Health for Parents Of Children With Special Needs

by Casey Ames April 18, 2019

Mental health is important to consider when parenting a child with special needs. If you feel overwhelmed or alone in your journey, use these tips and resources to help care for your emotional and mental wellness.
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how heavy should a weighted blanket be blog post

How Heavy Should a Weighted Blanket Be?

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP April 08, 2019

There is a lot to consider when choosing a weighted blanket. Most important is how heavy your weighted blanket should be. Depending on the individual's weight, there is a general guideline to follow.
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What is proprioception blog post

What is Proprioception? Learn about Your "Sixth Sense"

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP April 04, 2019

Proprioception is known as the "sixth sense". But what is it exactly? Learn about proprioception, disorders of the proprioceptive system, and examples of activities and exercises to help your child organize their sensory system.
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