Six Primary Communication Functions of AAC
The number of topics an individual communicates about each day is extensive. Communication helps us form and maintain relationships, express likes/dislikes or wants, ask and respond to questions, etc. These skills are just as important for individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems as they are for you or me. Similar to us, individuals who use AAC require …Read More >
Why Sequencing is Important
What is sequencing, and why is it important? We use sequencing as a part of our daily routine. It involves ordering events based on their chronological timeline. Essentially, these are the steps that we use to complete a task (e.g., hand washing or following a recipe). For example: Washing Hands: Wet hands Put soap on hands Lather hands with soap …Read More >
Social Emotional Learning
There is a lot of talk in the world today about Social Emotional Learning or SEL, as well as social topics. We also see and hear from clients daily about their child’s behavior and the idea of the iceberg analogy when speaking about behavior. Here is an occupational therapist’s perspective about this topic. Occupational therapy has always considered social emotional …Read More >
Is your child struggling to practice their handwriting skills because sitting down to write letters is just too boring? Well, we have some tips to encourage handwriting practice! One of the best ways to encourage handwriting practice is with board games. Tips for Handwriting Practice One favorite happens to be the game “Guess Who?”. You can play this game in …Read More >
Sprain, Strain, and Severity: What Does it all Mean?
Have you ever talked with a friend, family member, or coworker, and they mentioned spraining an ankle or straining a hamstring? Were you unsure what they meant? Or maybe why one person had surgery and another person went to physical therapy? So, what exactly do sprain, strain, and severity mean, and how will they be managed? Sprain, Strain, and Severity …Read More >
What Exactly is a Good Latch?
In the early days postpartum, mothers planning to breastfeed will typically be visited by a hospital lactation consultant or trained nurse in order to check how baby is feeding, and then 48 hours later you’re off and on your way home! Sometimes, concerns arise in those next few weeks, often sparked by pain with latching, difficulty gaining weight, or mother’s …Read More >
Pelvic Girdle Pain
What is pelvic girdle pain? It is pain on the backside of your pelvis by your sacroiliac joints (SIJ). It can occur separately or with low back pain or pain on the pubic symphysis (front of your pelvis). The pelvis is made up of 2 bones that join together at the base of the spine (sacrum) and in the front …Read More >
Returning to Activity After a Pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic, activity levels dropped for a lot of people. Between stay at home orders, gym closures, and working from home, people became more sedentary. On top of that, there were shortages of equipment like dumbbells and bicycles, making staying active at home difficult even if you wanted to. But this summer, things look different; vaccines are widely …Read More >