A Charming Story About Autism, Horses and Friendship

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“Apples for Cheyenne: A story about autism, friendship and horses” written by Elizabeth King Gerlach and illustrated by Kim Miller is a delightful children’s book that touched me on a personal and professional level. I grew up in a family affected by autism, and during those growing up years, my favorite hobby was horseback riding. […]

5 Tips for Better Transitions

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Transitions are rough for many of us. As a parent, I even struggle when transitioning from the peace and quiet of my home office to the hustle and bustle that instantly ensues when my three lively children walk in the door each afternoon. For our kids with sensory challenges, transitions can mean going from one […]

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Homeopathy for Influenza

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Homeopathy has a great record for helping people recover from influenza infections. The easiest homeopathic remedy to use for influenza is Oscillococcinum which is specific for treating influenza and may be used by anyone age two years and up. It is a homeopathic medicine made from the livers of wild ducks that is widely available […]

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The Sensory Benefits of Hippotherapy

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In an archived interview with Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L, we learned insights about hippotherapy and its benefits. Hippotherapy uses the horse’s movement and associated sensory stimulation to promote neurophysiologic change. It is performed by a registered occupational, physical or speech and language therapist to achieve various functional outcomes such as sitting independently or catching a […]

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Therapeutic Benefits of Using Yoga in Occupational Therapy

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As an occupational therapist, I have used yoga in a variety of ways with clients I’ve worked with.  Yoga is a great way to build strength and body awareness and also improves sensory processing and regulation.  Yoga can be used with clients young and old. For example, I have used “cat” and “cow” postures to […]

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A Visit with the Worry Witch: Guided Relaxation for Kids

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Life in general can be stressful. Having difficulty processing sensory information can make life even more stressful. Giving children a tool they can use to manage and reduce stress may help them learn better, sleep better and feel more connected in life. Guided relaxation techniques use the power of imagery and suggestion to guide the […]

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5 Things You Should Be Doing–But Aren’t–to Enhance Your ABA Program

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Recently I had lunch with my friend Jess. It was good to see her, as always. Jess and I have known each other for years. We worked together at a clinical center that specialized in autism. Maybe because she was a parent of a child with autism as well as a professional in the field, […]

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Enhance Speech Development with Therapeutic Horseback

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When reviewing medical information, we always look to see if the child is verbal or not. If it says non, then the first question to the parents is, “Does your child make noises?” If the answer is “yes”, we will ask the child to make a sound to indicate a command to the horse. Turning […]

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Build Core Strength and Increase Focus with Therapeutic Horseback Riding

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The motion of the horse stimulates every muscle in the body when in motion. This motion helps build core muscles through exercises astride the horse. It creates a motion that needs a balance response from the rider which also improves muscles and results in posture corrections. Increasing Attention and Focus However, when a rider with […]

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Superimmunity for Back to School

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As soon as school begins each September, pediatricians’ offices inevitably fill with children with acute illnesses – colds, coughs, ear infections, sinus infections, intestinal viruses and flus. For many families the seemingly endless parade of illness begins again. At best, a flu shot might prevent influenza. What to do about all the other illnesses? There’s […]

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