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Holiday fun for the CPT Staff….minus a few of us….
Halloween is a tricky time for kids with sensory difficulties!
AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) offers the attached Halloween Tips.
Click here for downloaded copy to post or share: Things To Think About – AOTA Halloween Tips
Other suggestions that our parents have found helpful:
Wash the Clothes
It’s time for long sleeves and pants. But they have been in a plastic bag, bin, or untouched in a drawer for 5 months! Those of us with sensory sensitivities will be distressed or bothered by the “smell” of the clothes. Even though they are clean, give them a quick wash.
The kids have been in school for a month and the academic demands are really starting to kick in! Many kids will start to feel the stress of the increased pace and cognitive demands. Possible signs of this stress: meltdowns, stomach or headaches, or just plain irritable. Give them some down time when they come home in a cozy place, get outside and move around (even a walk is helpful to decompress), and don’t forget the heavy work activities to get calm and organized.
It’s Cold at Night!
We go to bed in summer pajamas and a light blanket but by the early morning hours, it gets cold! With the quick change in temperature, those with sensory sensitivities might not sleep well or may toss and turn trying to feel “grounded” in the bed. Make the bed a cozy place where the child can snuggle in and get comfy. Check with your therapist for age specific, safe ways to help your child get a good night’s sleep.
Click here for downloaded copy to post or share: Things to Think About October
Co-Pay Ruling Goes Into Effect: Jan 1, 2017
CT HB 5249 – An Act Concerning Co-payments for Occupational Therapy Services
Tara testified at the state, alongside Sue Goszewski (Connecticut OT Association President), Viginia Ells (Certified Hand Therapist – OT), and Dawn (the parent of a child who benefited from occupational therapy). The new cap on co-payments for occupational therapy service to be $30 for CT commercial insurance plans.
Last night, Tara Glennon shared the Wallingford clinic with parents…and, yes, they played with so many things! The CT Autism Resource Center (http://www.autismconnecticut.org/) offered this training session to help parents understand the sensory needs of their children and identify which activities could be incorporated into their daily routines to support these sensory needs. The parents experienced tactile activities (e.g., ball pit, pillow pile), movement experiences (e.g., the zip line and swings), and generated ideas for heavy work activities. While learning, the parents seemed to have fun….
Check out some of the apps that we recommend for development. Click here to read.
Check out some of the books that we recommend. Click here to see our list.
Check out a message from Tara, the Centers Director! Click here to read.
Tara has been serving on the advisory board of a new venture for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum – the ASD Fitness Center (http://asdfitnesscenter.com/). The fitness center opened in April 2014 and has been expanding their services since that time. Look for the annual Bethany Leapley Scholarship Fund to assist individuals who are unable to afford the cost of joining the fitness center.
The ASD Fitness Center Advisory Board