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Tips and Tools – Video Library

 Scroll through the variety of video topics to support your child.
Back to School Tips

Back to School Tips – CPT

Back to School Tips

Posted by Center for Pediatric Therapy on Sunday, September 6, 2020

Calming Strategies

Tips and Tools – Calming Strategies

Tips and Tools – Calming Strategies

Posted by Center for Pediatric Therapy on Tuesday, July 14, 2020

 

 

Beach Activities to support development

Tips and Tools – Day at the Beach

Make the most of beach days!

Posted by Center for Pediatric Therapy on Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Speech at Mealtime – Part 1 Making Choices

Speech at Mealtime – Part 1 Making Choices

Speech at Mealtime – Part 1 Making Choices

Posted by Center for Pediatric Therapy on Wednesday, August 12, 2020

 

Sick Policy Update

Our offices are open as we have an aggressive cleaning schedule and strict sick policy.

In order to maintain a safe and healthy space for your child and our staff, please reschedule your child’s therapy to a later date if your child or anyone in your household is showing signs of respiratory illness or flu.

Additionally, if you are in need of additional appointments in order to provide support and structure for your child while schools are closed, please let us know.

Things to Think About – Halloween Tips

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:

  • Tolerating a Costume:  A tight-fitting layer of clothing, such as bike shorts or an Under Armour style shirt, may make the material of the costume more bearable. Be willing to adjust your definition of a costume; a pair of comfortable sweatpants and a favorite Batman shirt can be a great Batman costume.
  • Tolerating a Mask:  Attach a wooden dowel or paint stick so he can hold it up near his face rather than attaching it to his head.
  • Need to Remain Calm:
    • Add a few water bottles to your child’s candy bag to provide some extra weighted input.
    • Chew a large piece of gum to chew (if he is already proficient at safe gum chewing) or drink from a sports style water bottle.
    • If see your child is starting to become dysregulated, stop and have a sensory break. Move away from the crowd and do some deep breathing techniques, wall push-ups against a tree, press his palms together at chest level, or take a few sips of water. Ask your therapist for other ideas that may benefit your child.
  • Having a Positive Experience:  Be flexible. If your child is done after only a few houses, end the night on a positive note rather than pushing him to his limits.

 

 

Things to Think About – October Reminders!

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.

Click here for downloaded copy to post or share:   Things to Think About October

 

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.