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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


Should My Child Be Using a Visual Schedule?

January 3, 2022

What is a visual schedule? As adults, many of us live by our planners. We gain satisfaction from marking off our to-do lists and being organized with our daily activities. Children are better able to learn, grow and adapt to changes using this same strategy! Although there are many types of visual schedules, they all… View Article


Importance of Developmental Reflexes

December 1, 2021

What are developmental reflexes? A reflex is an automatic and instantaneous response to a sensory stimulus. Remember when you were a child at the doctor’s office and they tapped your knee with a small mallet to check if your leg kicked upwards? You didn’t decide to kick your leg, it just kicked. There are many… View Article


Helping Children Develop Self-Care Skills

November 2, 2021

What are types of self-care skills? As children learn and grow, they have a drive to be independent and do things on their own. One area that an occupational therapist address in childhood development are their activities of daily living (ADLs), also known as self-care skills. Self-care skills are skills that are required to manage… View Article


All About Physical Therapy

October 15, 2021

National Physical Therapy Month October is National Physical Therapy Month — a time to celebrate the profession and all the ways physical therapists promote independence, increase participation, facilitate motor development and function, improve strength and endurance, enhance learning opportunities, and ease daily challenges in the lives of their patients. This month we would like to shout out… View Article