Backpack Awareness Day

Backpack Awareness Day

Happy Backpack Awareness Day 2021 September 15th is Backpack Awareness Day! The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) started National School Backpack Awareness Day to provide education on the importance of backpack safety. It has been celebrated on the third Wednesday of September since 2002!    Celebrate Backpack Awareness Day by becoming aware of the weight […]

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Music Based App Recommendations

Music Based App Recommendations

Music Based App Recommendations Most kids enjoy exploring technology. With the right apps, screen time can both be fun AND support development! Below you will find a list of app recommendations from our music therapist. These apps incorporate music to target creativity, self-expression, reading skills, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and more!    Apps for Creativity and […]

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Cooking and Communication

Cooking and Communication

Cooking and Communication How Your Kitchen is the Next Best Place for Speech and Language Development! When practicing speech and language skills, it is important to make it practical and engaging for your child. Research shows that young children learn by experience. Play is the most meaningful when it is child-directed and relevant. Most children […]

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The Importance of Messy Play

The Importance of Messy Play

So what’s the deal with messy play? You may hear your child’s Occupational Therapist talk about the importance of messy play, but why? Messy play is crucial to your child’s cognitive and creative development, helping their learning process and promoting engagement with the senses!    Messy play helps develop the following skills: Physical Development: Development […]

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Shaping Behavior

Shaping Behavior

What is “shaping behavior”?  In ABA, shaping refers to the process of reinforcing approximations of behavior until the individual can demonstrate the desired behavior. In other words, rewarding the small changes or gradual steps of the behavior, in the right direction.  Shaping can be used for both skill acquisition and targeting more challenging behaviors.  For […]

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