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OT Month: A Full and Meaningful Life for Individuals with Down Syndrome
More than 400,000 Americans have Down Syndrome and it is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. Occupational therapy plays an important role in the lives of people with Down Syndrome (and their families) throughout the lifespan. Just 30 years ago the life expectancy...
Tue, Apr 10 2012
OT Month: Occupational Therapy Can Help Save Recess!
It’s Friday, which means it is a great time to declare just how great recess is. Remember recess? Running around the playground. Telling your friends from other classes all about your morning. Competing in pretty high stakes basketball games with the boys (What? That was just me? In my high top...
Fri, Apr 20 2012
OT Month: Play time is more important than you may think
Shhh! Don’t tell the kiddos, but that play time they love so much… they are actually learning a lot through play. Yep, it’s an educational experience. I said, shhh! Playing is an important tool in a child’s life—it’s one of the primary goals...
Thu, Apr 12 2012
OT Month: How OT Helps People With Autism Participate and Live Full Lives
We talk about it a lot on this blog, but it’s for a good reason. Autism is a hot topic in not only occupational therapy but also in our society (did you see the recent news that the CDC is now reporting that 1 in 88 children in the U.S. have autism?). April is not only OT Month, but also Autism...
Tue, Apr 3 2012
OT Month: Helping Your Child Be More Successful at School
Success in school is not just about getting A’s in class, it is also about successful social participation. Children are expected to manage the demands of the classroom as well as behave properly at recess, lunch, and throughout the school day. How can a parent ensure that...
Tue, Apr 24 2012
OT Month: Across the Lifespan Means Starting at the Very Beginning
When we say that occupational therapy helps people live life to its fullest across the lifespan, we really mean it! In fact, occupational therapy plays an important role in the lives of infants and toddlers. From birth to 5 years old, occupational therapy practitioners work with children to promote their...
Tue, Apr 17 2012