Crawling: A Developmental Adventure

Imagine for a moment a baby sitting on the floor. He looks up and sees a colorful object on the other side of the room. He gets on all fours, applying pressure through the palms of his hands all the way up to his shoulder-girdle, and thereby receiving sensory input through his knees and into […]

Developmental Screeners: Have you had your child’s development checked?

Pediatricians follow a schedule of recommended visits for children from 0-18 years of age. At each visit, the doctor pays attention to the child’s development, growth and general health. But when it comes to developmental milestones and sensory integration a lot can be missed in such a short visit. In a perfect world, every child […]

Self Regulation: Important Predictor of Success

What do you think of when you hear the term self-regulation? Parents usually envision a well behaved child: calm and obedient. For a therapist, self-regulation sits at the intersection of a child’s neurological and biological function, emotional regulation, and cognitive and social abilities. These abilities allow a child to function appropriately socially, emotionally and intellectually in […]

Helpful Tips to Avoid Meltdowns this Holiday Season

It’s hard to believe that November is already here! No matter what you celebrate, the season is busy and takes us outside our usual routines. This can be stressful for children as well as parents. Our kiddos often get lost in the shuffle when we usher them from one store to another, one party to the next, […]

Helping Your Child Move Past Perfection

Perfection is a heavy burden for children to bear. It makes their thinking rigid and their ability to function erratic.  It also fuels anxiety. A child who feels the need to perform perfectly at all times attaches her sense of identity on outcomes versus growth. Failure becomes an earth-shattering experience instead of an opportunity to […]

Back To School Tips for a Great School Year

By the end of the summer, parents either look forward to or dread their children going back to school. The change of pace brings new challenges for families, especially if their children have sensory issues. With a little preparation, however, you can make this the best school year ever for you and your children. Keep […]

Dillan’s Message

Dillan Barmache, age 15, recently gave a speech at CDI’s 20th Anniversary Gala on March 21, 2015. Dillan has autism and uses a letter board and keyboard to type his communication. His words were spoken via his iPad. Mom: In preparing for the Gala, Dillan had some conversations during which time he reflected on his […]

5 Techniques to Reduce Biting in Children

Some children bite themselves or others when frustrated. I’ve seen a lot of this in children on the autism spectrum, but it can happen with any child–including those with sensory issues. Stopping this behavior can be quite a challenge for parents and caregivers. Let’s take a look at why children bite and what can be […]

Ten Activities to Promote Your Child’s Speech and Hearing Skills

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. CDI’s speech therapists work with children and their families to improve communication, reduce auditory delays, and tackle oral-motor and feeding challenges. Parents often wonder what they can do at home to improve their child’s communication skills. Here are ten activities to promote your child’s speech and hearing skills: Treasure […]

Occupational Therapy, It’s Not Just Play!

Occupational therapists love to come up with clever ways to help their young clients thrive. Tapping into a child’s motivation is the key ingredient in our recipe for therapeutic success. Our sessions can look a lot like simple playtime: your little one’s therapist may be on the floor playing with your child, or pushing him […]

Tummy Time Tips from an Occupational Therapist

Babies these days get a limited amount of opportunities to explore their bodies and their environment. Parents, rightfully, follow the APA guidelines for sleep positioning and place their little ones on their backs. Children also spend many of their waking hours strapped in devices such as car seats, strollers, or bouncy chairs. This can unfortunately […]

5 Qualities of a Strong Parent-Child Relationship

Relationship building takes time and effort. Parents must work hard at developing a strong and dynamic relationship with each of their children. Our children grow and change with each new stage of development, which challenges us to adapt to new rules and circumstances. Strong parent-child relationships, however, have certain qualities that remain constant. They are […]

The Power of Attunement

Attunement is our ability to be aware of and respond to our child’s needs. It is deeply connected to emotional attachment. Some children may have a very different temperament than that of a parent, or may not communicate affection in the same way, which can interfere with the quality of their emotional relationship. Parents can […]

Vision Deficits and ADD/ADHD in Children

Vision deficits can mimic and/or contribute to behaviors observed in children with ADD and ADHD. The classic symptoms of attention disorders are hyperactivity, an inability to focus, poor impulse control, task avoidance and disruptive behaviors. In order to diagnose these conditions, the medical practitioner looks at a series of subjective markers. Medicines are given to […]

Potty Training

Potty training abilities are contingent on a child’s emotional and physical readiness. Parents usually become interested in transitioning their children out of diapers when they are around 2 years old. This developmental skill requires the child’s interest in the task and the maturity of his/her neurological system. We’ve put together some tips to help your […]