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Monthly Topic

Things to Think About – January Snow Days

Snow days are here!

It’s fun to go outside – but if you can’t get outside, indoor activities that provide heavy work (proprioception) are great for keeping the kids regulated.

Think of activities where your child can:

push, pull, tug, lug, mush, mash, squish, drag, squeeze, jump, crash….


Build a Fort

Many kids will start to feel the stress of the change in routine, different foods/smells, noise, and the hub-bub of the holidays. Possible signs of this stress: meltdowns, stomach or headaches, or just plain irritable.  Creating a cozy spot is great for the kids to “get away” from the hub-bub of the holidays.  And building the fort provides great heavy work opportunities – moving furniture, carrying the bedding, lifting, pulling, pushing, tucking, etc. are all great input!


Indoor Obstacle Course

Create an obstacle course with steps like jumping over a pillow, crawling under a row of chairs, catching a weighted ball, or tossing balled up socks to a target or into a laundry basket. Feeling stuck for steps?  Find objects to go over, under, around, and through. Make sure your child helps to set-up and clean-up for extra heavy work input.


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Monthly Topic – December – Family Holidays

The holiday season is full of opportunities to get together with family and loved ones.

These gatherings can be a challenge for children with sensory needs, autism, or speech-language delays. Here are some tips to help keep the peace and joy in the season.


Sensory Strategies

  • If your child is sensitive to noise, arrive early so the volume level rises slowly over time. And don’t forget noise cancelling headphones if it gets too loud.
  • Have your child complete sensory diet activities before being asked to sit for a long period at the table. Ask your therapist for ideas.
  • Allow your child to take a movement break during the meal. Or, have your child move to a quiet place in the house to take a break. Taking a break is always better than a meltdown at the table.
  • Bring a length of Theraband to loop around the legs of your child’s chair to provide an appropriate way of gaining sensory input without kicking the table (or a cousin).
  • If you are sleeping over at a relative’s house, consider bringing a set of your child’s sheets. Children who have tactile sensitivities may find it difficult to tolerate the novel sensation of different pillows, sheets, or blankets.
  • On days when the typical routine is not possible, make a visual schedule so that the child knows what to expect.


Speech and Language Activities

  • Speak to your child about the steps involved in getting ready for guests (ex: First we clean the house; Next we cook the food, etc.) This will target sequencing abilities and vocabulary development.
  • Cooking is a great activity to increase language development, improve sequencing skills, and problem solving. Let your child help in the kitchen and then he can tell the family about the items he helped to cook and the steps involved.
  • Practice using appropriate greetings for when family arrives, including the social rules of gift giving and receiving.
  • Come up with a list of holiday vocabulary words that contain your child’s speech sound. Practice those words in short phrases (ex: I see ______ ; I get _______; I hear _____) This way your child is prepared to use those improved articulation skills in front of the family.
  • If you have family coming to visit, use picture to talk about who is coming over. Also, practice saying: Hi uncle Jim, etc.


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Things to Think About – October

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.

Academic Stress

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.

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Jan 2017: New Co-Pay Implementation – Tara testifies

Co-Pay Ruling Goes Into Effect:  Jan 1, 2017

CT HB 5249 – An Act Concerning Co-payments for Occupational Therapy Services

State HB5249 Picture

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.

CPT Hosts ASRC Parent Seminar

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….

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