Be Kind by Amanda Wherry

  Be Kind by Amanda Wherry, OTR/L The DMV  It was cold, and it was dark. And for the LOVE… Why hadn’t I worn my fleece jacket instead of my stylish, yet...
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Make Tummy Time Great!

https://youtu.be/aqCmZt3U-yI Baby Carter and his mom Kellie Garrett model tummy time in this fun how-to video hosted by Children's Therapy TEAM OT Melissa...
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Autism Awareness: My Superpowers by Frankie Quinn

Children's Therapy TEAM teen, Frankie Quinn, was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 4. We asked Frankie to offer a reflection for Autism Awareness...
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Contentment: The Grass is Always Greener… Or Is It?

The Grass is Always Greener… Or is it? by Amanda Wherry, OTR/L Hummus for DaysI recently took a trip to Jordan. It had been in the works for nearly...
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Be Kind by Amanda Wherry

  Be Kind by Amanda Wherry, OTR/L The DMV  It was cold, and it was dark. And for the LOVE… Why hadn’t I worn my fleece jacket instead of my stylish, yet rather nonfunctional jean jacket? I had answered my own question – “stylish.” I had been attempting to look...

Make Tummy Time Great!

https://youtu.be/aqCmZt3U-yI Baby Carter and his mom Kellie Garrett model tummy time in this fun how-to video hosted by Children's Therapy TEAM OT Melissa Foster. Make Tummy Time Great! by Melissa Foster, OTR/L Kellie is one of several therapist friends of mine who...

Autism Awareness: My Superpowers by Frankie Quinn

Children's Therapy TEAM teen, Frankie Quinn, was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 4. We asked Frankie to offer a reflection for Autism Awareness Month. This is what she shared... Frankie with her Speech Therapists Amy Smith and Carmen Shumpert   Autism...

Contentment: The Grass is Always Greener… Or Is It?

The Grass is Always Greener… Or is it? by Amanda Wherry, OTR/L Hummus for DaysI recently took a trip to Jordan. It had been in the works for nearly three years – saving for it and planning what I would do and where I would go. About three years ago I had...

Kylee’s Voice by Lynsey Decator

As a child nears his or her first birthday, parents begin to anxiously await their child’s first word. That first word marks the beginning of an exciting time of learning, where children learn to express their wants, needs, and ideas, and perhaps most importantly, say...

Let them Play! by Melissa Foster

Dear Melissa, How important is it for me to bring my child to occupational therapy -  it seems like all he does is play. I have very mixed feelings when I hear this comment from parents. On one hand, the fact that it looks like “just play” means that the child and the...

“More Than Enough” by Amanda Wherry

Living Overseas Does Funny Things… Living overseas does funny things to your brain. It does funny things to how you conduct yourself, what you wear, things you do. Because of where I lived in Asia, I developed a whole new set of habits. Some were out of survival, some...

Home Activities to Enhance Fine Motor Skills

Dear Melissa: My son is in kindergarten and is having difficulty with holding a pencil, cutting, and other fine motor tasks. Is there anything we can do at home to help improve his fine motor skills? Before I delve into this question, let me give you my philosophy on...

Self-Identity: You Think You Know Someone…

Senior Wills and Sadness “Teacher’s Pet.” As I stared at the words, I felt my heart plummet into my stomach, strangling me, gurgling itself out of existence. And I heard the voice of the Accuser, the Liar, the Enemy whisper in my ear, “You failed. No matter what you...

Behavior Methods that Work

I am often asked by parents, “How do I make my kids mind? It seems as if they are always getting in trouble!”  Parenting is tough. Kids test boundaries. Kids develop their own opinions and personalities. It is our job as parents to raise productive members of society...

Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders

In last week’s blog, I discussed some simple tips that my family has been using the last couple months to get us out of a boring dinner rut. But what if you really do have a picky eater? In the therapy world, there is the distinction between a “picky eater” and a...

Building Dinner Diversity

This blog's question comes from my own son, Henry. Henry (while looking over my shoulder at Facebook):  Hey Mommy, what video are you watching on your computer? That looks yummy! Can we watch that video again? Can you make THAT for dinner? I have covered picky eating...

Helping kids with buttons and zippers

Dear Melissa,  Now that colder temperatures are hitting, I am noticing that my 7 year old son has great difficulty buttoning and zipping his coat. Do you have any suggestions?   It’s easy to forget about dressing skills in the carefree days of summer. Pull on comfy...

Amanda Wherry: What At First Seems Bad May Not Be All Bad…

Brothels “I used to lead worship in brothels.” I said it a little sheepishly. I wasn’t digging for a complement or any sort of pat on the back. But, if I were being honest, I did expect at least a little bit of a reaction – but the near stranger who I was sitting...

Parents’ Perspective on Down Syndrome

During the month of October, we celebrate people with Down syndrome and help others become more aware of their abilities and accomplishments. It’s not about focusing on disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities.  To gain a parenting perspective on Down syndrome,...

Halloween Handouts… of the Non-Sugary Variety

Halloween is coming! If your kids are anything like mine, they have been dreaming about their costumes for weeks already! I am very fortunate to live in a large neighborhood that is FANTASTIC for trick-or-treaters. Therefore, I have around 200 little pumpkins and...

Tabitha Mayberry: Living Life with Spinal Cord Injury to the Fullest

Did you know that September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month? I know I am a tiny bit late, but better late than never, right? I actually didn’t know that September was Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month until I stumbled upon an article that TEAM speech therapist,...

TEAM Mom’s Perspective on Pediatric Cancer

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. In the United States in 2016, an estimated 10,380 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed among children from birth to 14 years, and about 1,250 children are expected to die from the disease. Although pediatric cancer death...

Kinesio Tape Advantage

The Paralympic Games are underway in Rio in September. And like the Olympic Games, we again see a lot of brightly colored tape on the skin of world-class athletes. I was recently asked about the purpose of this tape. In the health profession we call this “super...

I Have Something to Learn From You by Amanda Wherry

When I first started my job in Central Asia, it wasn’t because I was proficient in the language. In fact, my language was pretty terrible. (I had just barely completed one semester of language study.) It wasn’t because I was a renowned expert. (I had worked in the...

Leks Clark: My Service Dog Megan

Everyone loves a good story about a boy who loves his dog, right? So, today I share an interview with a 15 year old young man, named Leks, who has a service dog named Megan. Megan is truly a working dog. She not only works with Leks, but she also works here at...

Amanda Clark: My Family’s Journey with a Service Dog

Last week we explored the question of what constitutes a "service animal" and discussed the differences between a service animal and a comfort companion. To recap: Service animal - provides a particular action/task for an individual with a disability and is protected...

Service Animals & the Americans with Disabilities Act

Dear Melissa, My son will be getting a Poodle puppy in a few weeks. How do I go about getting it certified as a service dog? I would like my son to be able to take it to Wal-Mart with him so that he is calmer while I am shopping. I have been asked this question many...

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