Helping Kids on the Spectrum Cope with the Holidays

Here are a few tips

As the parent of a child on the ASD spectrum, I have used many of the strategies mentioned in this article and they have made the holidays more enjoyable. The holidays should be a time of slowing down and enjoying the whole season, and with proper planning and foresight it can be fun and memorable for everyone.

– Dan Cross, owner and managing therapist ASAPT

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/autism-aspergers/2010/11/more-holidays-around-the-corner

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General Signs That Your Child May Need Occupational Therapy

  • Sensory issues: picky eater, unable to tolerate multiple textures, afraid of walking over obstacles, unable to sit for 1-3 minutes at a time, poor attention during play and functional tasks
  • Delayed fine motor skills: difficulty grasping food, crayons and/or play objects
  • Delayed visual motor skills: has trouble using their hands during everyday activities, unable to make lines on paper, trouble self feeding, unable to play with shape sorters or puzzles, etc.
  • Deficits in ADL skills: unable to participate in dressing, eating, grooming or age appropriate self care tasks
  • Poor upper body coordination, strength and/or endurance: floppy joints, low tone, or weakness that limits ability to engage in meaningful play tasks
  • Poor play skills: unable to play with age appropriate toys, limited in play activities, does not engage in joint play with others, poor social skills

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Thanksgiving Therapy Activities Pinned @ Pinterest

The link below goes to a pin board that has many different and wonderful therapy ideas for your child of any age. Please visit the board and see if there is something you could use for homework with your child.

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Babies Need Tummy Time

 A Step Ahead owner and managing therapist Daniel Cross, offers expert advice to readers of Cincinnati Family Magazine. Check it out!
 
Written by Sherry Hang   

But remember, when it’s sleeping time, Baby should still be on his back.

Since the American Academy of Pediatric’s successful “Back to Sleep” campaign began in 1992, there’s been a decrease in the amount of SIDS-related deaths, says Daniel Cross, president of A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy in Crestview Hill, KY.  But babies now are spending so much time on their backs — as well as in infant carriers, bouncy seats and swings that Cross says there’s an increase in “flat spot” among babies — positional plagiocephaly.  In this condition, Baby’s head becomes an oblong shape with displacement on one side of the forehead and flattening on the back of the skull on the other side. In 1992, flat spots occurred in one in 300 healthy infants; in 1999 the occurrence was one in 60.

 

The solution? Tummy time, Cross says, adding that it’s greatly underestimated by parents. During tummy time, infants develop neck muscles for head control, stomach strength for sitting and rolling and arm strength for hand control and reaching for objects and people. The building blocks created at this stage pay great dividends at the four to five month stage when babies begin to coordinate their motions into actual patterns and begin rolling and sitting with support. Cross has tips for encouraging tummy time and making it enjoyable for your baby: 

 

Help your baby get into a good routine.

Introduce new skills and challenges when Baby is in a good mood. 

 

Give reassurance and love.

Remember that your baby is learning how to handle stress and new experiences. Lie next to him when he’s trying his tummy, rub his back and look at his face, too. 

 

 Limit tummy time at the beginning.

Build on the success as your child becomes stronger and more accustomed to the position. 

 

 Harder surfaces make tummy time easier.

Place your baby on carpet with just a blanket to protect his face, allowing him to push against and to raise his head and chest from the floor. 

 

 Stick with it!

Even when the first tries end poorly, practice does make perfect in this case.

 

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Event Postponed

UPDATE: The Special Edition of Developmental Play scheduled for Saturday, October 29th has been postponed. We will announce the new date and time as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and sorry for any inconvenience.

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A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy Partners with DSAGC to Counsel Hispanic Families

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A Step Ahead and DSAGC will assist Hispanic families who have children with Down syndrome

Cincinnati, OH – October 24, 2011 – A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy, a comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation practice based in Northern Kentucky, is teaming up with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati to host an informational seminar for Hispanic families who have children with Down Syndrome.

The seminar, which is scheduled for October 29th from 10:00am – 11:30am at the A Step Ahead office inCrestview Hills,KY, will offer Hispanic families the opportunity to gain expertise from pediatric therapists on how to better help and teach their children on a day-to-day basis. 

“The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati is grateful to partner with A Step Ahead to provide an educational program for our Hispanic families,” says Sally K. Tilow, outreach coordinator for the DSAGC. “A Step Ahead offers our families the opportunity to learn strategies and techniques to promote their child’s development from a variety of knowledgeable therapists in a warm, friendly atmosphere.  We couldn’t be happier with the collaboration.”

Pediatric physical and occupational therapists from A Step Ahead will provide information on motor challenges that children with Down Syndrome typically face. The staff will also discuss some of the more common treatment strategies that they can incorporate into their daily routines, positions and activities to avoid, and how to continue early intervention. A translator will be present for the entire seminar to offer the utmost understanding of the information.

 “Every child develops at their own pace, regardless of disability, and these children are no different.” says Daniel Cross, president and managing partner at A Step Ahead. “Our goal is to give these parents some helpful tips and advice that they can use immediately in their child’s development.”

The A Step Ahead staff will be available during the seminar for one-on-one Q & A and a supervised area with games and snacks will be provided for the kids.  The translator will also assist with individual questions from the families.

For more information about A Step Ahead or the informational seminar, visit www.AStepAheadPT.com or get engaged on Facebook at keyword A Step Ahead.

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About A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy

Founded in 2006, A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy provides quality therapy services to children with developmental needs in the Northern Kentuckyand Greater Cincinnati area. Through physical, occupational and speech therapy, A Step Ahead therapists guide and support each child as they work toward self sufficiency through increased independence in the family’s daily life. For more information visit www.AStepAheadPT.com

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Featured on Soapboxmedia.com

We are featured on Soapboxmedia.com this week as a growing company in the NKY/Cincinnati area. Check it out!!

http://www.soapboxmedia.com/companies/101411stepahead.aspx

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NKY Pediatric Therapy Practice to Host Informational Seminar for Local Parents

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A Step Ahead plans open house to inform parents about abnormal childhood development

Cincinnati, OH – October 6, 2011 – A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy, a comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation practice based in Northern Kentucky, will host a seminar: How to Detect Abnormal Childhood Development, on Saturday, October 15th  from 10:00am — 11:30am at their Crestview Hills location.

This seminar will offer information from pediatric therapists on the causes and warning signs of abnormality in childhood development including gross motor skills, sensory, communication, feeding and self-care. The seminar will also include information on the benefits of pediatric physical, occupational and speech rehabilitation.

“Every child develops at their own pace,” says Daniel Cross, president and managing partner at A Step Ahead. “Our goal is to inform parents about what is considered typical childhood development so we can help them better understand when something may not be right, allowing them to seek out professional assistance for their child.  This seminar will give parents the opportunity to talk to us to help them make that decision.”  

The A Step Ahead staff will be available during the seminar for one-on-one Q & A and a supervised area with games and snacks will be provided for the kids. 

For more information about A Step Ahead or the informational seminar, visit www.AStepAheadPT.com or get engaged on Facebook at keyword A Step Ahead.

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 About A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy

Founded in 2006, A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy provides quality therapy services to children with developmental needs in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area. Through physical, occupational and speech therapy, A Step Ahead therapists guide and support each child as they work toward self sufficiency through increased independence in the family’s daily life. For more information visit www.AStepAheadPT.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Join us for the ASAPT Open House!

Saturday, October 15 from 10am – 11:30am at our Crestview Hills location

Informational seminar on the causes and warning signs of abnormality in childhood development activities including gross motor skills, sensory, communication, feeding and self-care.

The seminar will also include information on the benefits of pediatric physical, occupational and speech rehabilitation.

ASAPT Staff will be available for one-on-one Q&A and games and snacks will be provided for the kids

RSVP to contactus@AStepAheadPT.com

See you there!!

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Fun With Therapy

This is a great article and pictures from a clinic in New York City.  They are very similiar to our practice.

http://physical-therapy.advanceweb.com/Multimedia/Photo-Gallery/Fun-With-Therapy.aspx

 

At Watch Me Grow, a pediatric therapy center in New York City, physical and occupational therapists work with young patients with sensory processing disorders.

Sensory integration is the ability to use the senses to take in information, put it together with prior knowledge and memories, and create meaningful responses. Children who have sensory processing disorders don’t put all the pieces together correctly, impacting their motor and/or behavioral output.

Activities such as swings, ball pits and balance beams help children to engage their vestibular systems, strengthen their core muscles and coordinate their trunk control. Take a look at some of the fun ways therapists and patients combat sensory processing disorders.

For more on sensory processing, read “Through Their Eyes.”

 

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