Children with sensory processing disorder (SPD) have a neurological disorder causing perceived sensory information to result in abnormal responses whereas children with auditory processing disorder (APD) have trouble with how their central nervous system processes information that may cause difficulty following directions, understanding speech in loud environments, and discriminating between speech sounds.
The holiday season is just around the corner. This year will be a great one and we want to make sure you are ready for all the parties, different schedules, decorations, songs, treats, and the smells that fill our environment. For most this is what makes the holiday season so joyful, but for others the exact things can bring on anxiety, meltdowns,and sensory overload. The Occupational Therapy department here at Special Kids have brainstormed a small batch of helpful “tricks and treats” to prep for the holiday season.
Meet Resa, our partner for this year’s Special Kids Banquet being held on Thursday, September 21st. Resa was diagnosed with Autism at 3-years old and has been receiving therapy at Special Kids for the past 12-years. She is now a high school graduate who excels at art!
The Resource of the Week is Understood for learning & attention issues, https://www.understood.org/en. This website is a wonderful tool for parents to use, especially with children going back to school.
There is often a false belief that any child who is difficult to understand is delayed in his or her speech sound development and may need to see a speech therapist. This happens even more often when a child has an older sibling(s) who developed all of his or her speech sounds at an early age. In general, most young children are exhibiting age-appropriate sound errors and need just a little more time for speech development.
A child’s progression toward independent feeding requires a series of developmental sequences in oral motor and fine motor skills. In fact, this multifaceted task requires developmental skill in other areas as well including: gross motor, visual, cognitive, communicative, and emotional/ social development.
The first few years of a child’s life are a time of rapid cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and motor development. Children advance in many areas of development at once in a predictable, yet unique manner individual to the child, based on their health, environment, and even personality! We have provided resources to use as a checklist for your child’s development.
Kids Central TN is a website Tennessee families can go to and find important information and resources provided by the Tennessee state departments. It features a comprehensive directory of state-operated and state-funded services for children and families.
OT at Special Kids focuses on helping families and children find a way to accomplish and fulfill the various needs/areas of issue(s) to help increase and improve the functional ability of a child's cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills.
SOS Feeding is “Sequential Oral Sensory” approach to feeding therapy that utilizes a systematic approach to address both the sensory processing and the oral motor skills a child needs to eat a wide variety of food groups and textures.
AAC is Augmentative and Alternative Communication. High-tech AAC refers to computerized devices such as dedicated communication devices. In this article learn how high-tech AAC is used, who benefits from use, common myths, what a parent can do, and more!