5 Tips to Ease Your Child’s Transition to Summer - Before you know it, another school year is closing out. Your child is no doubt already used to their regular routine, their daily schedule and structured school day. The start of summer vacation, like the start of a new school year, can bring on certain challenges for your child. Although your child is likely excited to start their summer break, Continue Reading
How to Know My Child Might Need Pediatric Occupational Therapy - Does your child seem to have trouble with everyday activities at school, home or in the community? Are they experiencing challenges that most typically developing children don't seem to struggle with? If so, a pediatric occupational therapist might be able to help your child. Pediatric occupational therapy can help children with various needs to improve skills like: Physical Cognitive Motor Continue Reading
7 Tips to Get Your Child Outside More - Getting your children to go outside can be challenging. Either it gets too dark after your kids eat dinner to go outdoors, they say they're too old to play outdoors, or they prefer to play with toys or electronic devices inside. It’s even harder when your child is struggling with sensory processing problems. With the social communications and video games online growing Continue Reading
5 Summer Play Date Tips for Kids with Autism - All children can benefit from play dates, but this is especially true of kids with autism. Play dates enable children to build future relationships and practice important social skills. They allow your child to not just be a quiet observer, but to actually take part in the action. The benefits of play dates for autistic children include: Improves social decision Continue Reading
Fun Ways to Practice Handwriting with Preschoolers - When your child is at preschool age, they will begin learning to form their letters for handwriting. You can play a big part in this by exposing your younger preschooler to activities that encourage using pre-writing strokes and line they need for handwriting. They also will benefit from activities that help support their fine motor skills development in their fingers and Continue Reading
Tips to Help Left-Handed Children Improve Their Handwriting - Left-handers may have more difficulty with handwriting than right-handers and for various reasons. For one, our culture simply favors right-handers and left-to-right progression. Pulling a pencil or pen across the paper is easier than pushing it. And, as your child moves their left hand across the paper, it covers the words they've already written and it often smears the pencil marks too. Continue Reading
Does Hand Flapping Mean My Child Has Autism? - Self-stimulatory behaviors or "stimming" are commonplace in autistic kids or those with a sensory processing disorder. But, even a typically-developing child may display these types of behaviors as well. And, even if you notice your child hand flapping or showing other types of these behaviors, it isn't a definite indication your child has autism. These behaviors may cause you concern and Continue Reading
How Can the Ann Arbor Visual Training Program Help My Child? - The benefits of visual training for children go well beyond the initial benefits of helping children develop reading and writing skills. It improves visual discrimination, allowing children to discern things like letter size, capital versus lower cases letters, words, and sequence. About the Ann Arbor Visual Training Program and Its Benefits The Ann Arbor Visual Training Program offers a vision therapy treatment program Continue Reading
Traveling Tips for Kids with Autism, ADHD, or Sensory Processing Disorders - Traveling with kids is tough. Traveling with kids who have special needs or considerations because of sensory processing disorders, ADHD, or autism adds new dimensions to the difficulty. Flying with Children Who Have Sensory Processing Disorder and Similar Special Needs There are a variety of things you can do. First, make sure your child is well fed and slept before the flight. Continue Reading
Why is My Child Biting and What Can I Do About it? - Biting is a common behavior in young children and this means there are probably a lot of parents out there concerned about this. If you're one of them, don't worry — you're not alone. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce biting, even eliminate it completely. Why Your Child is Biting Biting is a natural part of a developing child. There are Continue Reading