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Your Baby’s Communication: Prelinguistic Vocalization

November 3, 2022
What can I expect before my baby begins talking? Your baby’s first form of communication will be nonverbal and happens soon after birth. Your may baby grimace, cry, or squirm to express a range of emotions and physical needs, from fear and hunger to frustration and sensory overload. Oftentimes, parents learn to listen and interpret their… View Article

The Vestibular System in Pediatrics

October 3, 2022
What is the Vestibular System? Vesti-what?!? The vestibular system is made up of the inner ear, vestibulocochlear nerve that communicates between the inner ear and brain, parts of the brainstem, and cortical areas in the brain. The vestibular system responds to head movements like when you nod your head “yes”, shake your head “no”, or tip… View Article

Helping Your Child Learn to Walk

August 2, 2022
Concerns About Your Child’s Ability to Walk Are you concerned that your child hasn’t started walking yet? Development and achievement of motor milestones happens at a pace unique to each child. However, if your child has not yet started walking independently by 18 months it may be time to reach out to your local Physical… View Article

All About Occupational Therapy

July 5, 2022
What is Occupational Therapy?  The main goal of OT is to increase quality of life so that the client can continue to participate in their personal interests as well as take care of their own needs. Through therapeutic use of self, a strong relationship of trust is built between client and therapist that will help… View Article

Does My Child Need a Sensory Diet?

May 19, 2022
What is a Sensory Diet? As a COTA, during my first visit with a family for Occupational Therapy Services I am looking for and asking about ways to develop a sensory diet for home, school and/or community use. I often get the question, “What is a Sensory Diet?” A Sensory Diet is a personalized, organized… View Article

At Home Spring Activities

April 19, 2022
Spring Fun in Full Bloom! Spring has officially sprung here at Carolina Therapy Connection! We are taking full advantage of all of the creative opportunities to foster a supportive learning environment. The onset of a new season also brings opportunities for fun, hands-on ways to incorporate goals into daily play routines!   The Role of Play … View Article

Does My Child’s Pencil Grasp Matter?

March 1, 2022
Does the way children hold their pencil really matter? If you have a pencil handy, pick it up and notice how you hold it. Which fingers does the pencil rest between how are you supporting it? How much pressure do you use when you write? Does it really make a difference in your handwriting? The… View Article

Transitioning from Bottle to Cup

February 15, 2022
When should my child transition from their bottle to a regular cup? It’s time to transition off the bottle! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends transitioning from a bottle to a cup when your baby is about 15 months old. You might think it is time for those adorable sippy cups! BUT, current research is… View Article

Optimizing Therapy Progress

February 1, 2022
Competence Brings Confidence When we begin treatment with a new patient, or we begin working on a new skill at home as a parent, we often become so excited about the goal, or the end game, that we forget about all the small steps we should take to get there. Over the past 20 years… View Article

Phonological Patterns

January 14, 2022
What are phonological patterns? So your child’s speech-language pathologist says your child presents with phonological patterns…What does that mean? Phonological patterns are “patterns of sound errors that typically developing children use to simplify speech as they are learning to talk” (Hanks, 2013). Children often demonstrate difficulty coordinating their lips, tongue, teeth, palate, and jaw for intelligible… View Article