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  • Using Art Therapy to Treat Children With Developmental Disabilities  / Autism Spectrum

    Using Art Therapy to Treat Children With Developmental Disabilities / Autism Spectrum

    Art therapy facilitates social, emotional, and cognitive development Art Therapy is a particularly effective treatment for ALL children as art comes naturally to them, puts them at ease, and is a great vehicle to promote developmental growth, expression and understanding of their feelings, and self-confidence. Art therapists are especially well equipped to treat children with developmental…

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  • A True Connection:  Speech and Occupational Therapy

    A True Connection: Speech and Occupational Therapy

    It is not uncommon for a speech therapist to recommend Occupational Therapy for certain children. Although speech therapists are working on a child’s ability to communicate effectively, they are also looking at the overall development of the particular child.  Often, other aspects of development impact speech and language. In fact, our speech relies heavily on our attention system, memory…

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  • Sensory Friendly and Special Needs Things To Do

    Sensory Friendly and Special Needs Things To Do

    Sensory Friendly Attractions & Things To Do Special Needs families often encounter daily ups and downs along with struggles and milestones. Children and individuals on the autism spectrum or of different abilities should be able to go out and have some fun without any judgments. It’s not always easy figuring out what do or where to go that is comfortable for everyone, especially with noise…


  • Understanding the Link Between Speech, Language and Multi-Sensory Reading & Writing Programs

    Understanding the Link Between Speech, Language and Multi-Sensory Reading & Writing Programs

    Ready, Set, READ! Understanding the Link Between Speech, Language and Multi-Sensory Reading & Writing Programs Did you know that children who require speech therapy are at a higher risk for reading problems later on in life?  Developing strong phonological awareness skills in children with speech delays proves helpful in learning to read, and even children without speech delays benefit…

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  • NYC Sensory Friendly  Performance 2018 - 2019

    NYC Sensory Friendly Performance 2018 - 2019

     Family Friendly Shows: Sensory Friendly  •  Autism-Friendly   •  Relaxed Performance  Alladdin the Musical at New Amsterdam Theatre 214 W 42nd St, NYC Mar 3.  Discover a whole new world at ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical.    Big Umbrella Festival at Lincoln Center 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC Relaxed…


  • NJ Sensory Friendly Performances 2018-2019

    NJ Sensory Friendly Performances 2018-2019

     Family Friendly Shows: Sensory Friendly  •  Autism-Friendly   •  Relaxed Performance  You will find more and more theaters catering to you! Enjoy high-quality live entertainment in a safe, supportive, sensory-friendly environment. For children diagnosed with sensitivity issues, theaters have made slight adjustments to the production. At a sensory…


  • Back to School!    The Connection between Spoken Language, Reading & Writing

    Back to School! The Connection between Spoken Language, Reading & Writing

    It’s almost time to head back to school!  That means it is also time to make sure your school-aged child is getting what they need in reading instruction. According to  the ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association), emergent literacy begins at birth and continues through the preschool years.  Initially, pre-school children learn to rhyme and name letters of the…


  • Problems with Jumping Jacks?  Eating?  Coloring?

    Problems with Jumping Jacks? Eating? Coloring?

    The World of Pediatric Occupational Therapy As parents and adults, we often take certain motor skills for granted and expect our children to develop them at a normal pace. Pediatricians ask those key questions during early well visits:  Is the baby sitting up? Crawling?  Picking up toys easily?  As the child gets older and the number of well visits diminishes, it might be the…

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  • Huntington Learning Center: How To Recognize When Your Student Is Struggling With A School Subject

    Huntington Learning Center: How To Recognize When Your Student Is Struggling With A School Subject

    It’s perfectly normal for a student to have difficulties from time to time with one or more subjects in school. And as Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center says, “Many students who did fine with basic reading, writing and math may experience problems as subjects become more complex.” How can you recognize the warning signs before your student brings home a poor report card…


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