Special Needs

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Everything You Need to Know About Fidget Toys for Anxiety & ADHD

Everything You Need to Know About Fidget Toys for Anxiety & ADHD

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP March 08, 2019 1 Comment

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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Calming Tantrums and Meltdowns in Autism blog post

The Best Strategies for Calming Autistic Tantrums and Meltdowns

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP March 07, 2019 30 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

Common Medications for Autism - Can They Help?

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP 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

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L 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

by Jacqueline Beirne February 18, 2019 1 Comment

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

by Curtis Dean February 18, 2019 5 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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Do Weighted Blankets Work for ADHD?

by Casey Ames January 31, 2019 4 Comments

Weighted blankets can offer a number of benefits for those with ADHD. Not only can they improve classroom performance, but also sleep, anxiety, and relaxation. We take a look at the science behind weighted blankets, as well as how to choose the right size.
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Arts and Crafts Projects to Build Skills for Kids with Autism

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP January 30, 2019 2 Comments

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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autism statistics article

2020 Autism Statistics: New Recent Study Shows Increase

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L January 28, 2019 7 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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How to Improve Your Child's Waste Removal System to Improve Autistic Symptoms

How to Improve Your Child's "Waste Removal System" to Improve their Autistic Symptoms

by Casey Ames December 13, 2018 6 Comments

Glutathione can help improve your child's autistic symptoms. However, you can't supplement directly with glutathione. Learn exactly how to help your child's "waste removal system" by indirectly supplementing with glutathione in this article.
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How to Travel Stress-Free When Your Child Has Autism

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP December 12, 2018

Are you planning to travel and have a child with autism? Sensory-informed planning is one of the keys to reducing travel stress. Find out how to do this and follow our other helpful tips and resources to make things easier for both parent and child!
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sensory overload anxiety blog post

What is Sensory Overload Anxiety and How does it Relate to ADHD?

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP December 06, 2018 3 Comments

Sensory overload, or sensory overload anxiety, is common in individuals with ADHD, anxiety, and sensory processing disorder. Learn what causes sensory overload in adults as well as children and 3 strategies for how to deal with sensory overload
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