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Picky Eaters or Normal Eaters – Family Mealtime is a time for joy!
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Picky Eaters or Normal Eaters – Family Mealtime is a time for joy!

Picky eaters and normal eaters each deserve the experience of happy mealtimes. Helping families have joyful and responsive mealtimes with kids who are picky (or normal!) eaters is an integral part of Feeding Therapy at Amy Zier + Associates. Call or click to discover how AZ+A can help! Our team of occupational therapists and our resident...

Creativity Inspires Confidence, Communication, and Problem-Solving
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Creativity Inspires Confidence, Communication, and Problem-Solving

Creativity inspires communication. By removing the rules and regulations so often placed upon children, art and creative expression go where their minds take them. Removing the structure of “coloring within the lines” frees the child to express their true self and tell a story about how they interpret the world around them. Creative play uncovers...

Movement and Coordination Impacts Self-Esteem
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Movement and Coordination Impacts Self-Esteem

Movement and coordination are not typically the first things parents think of when their child is suffering from low self-esteem. It’s natural to consider social-emotional factors first, but movement, exercise, and improved coordination positively affect self-esteem in multiple ways. To understand how movement and neurological systems impact confidence, emotions, our organs, behavior, and relationships, we...

The Benefits of Play Pods and Small Groups for Preschoolers & Kids
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The Benefits of Play Pods and Small Groups for Preschoolers & Kids

The benefits of play pods and small groups for preschoolers and kids include improving a child’s chance of success in school and throughout their lives. Placing children into small groups that feature interactive activities for kids strengthens social skills and creates an inclusive environment. At Amy Zier and Associates, we try to group children of similar ages and developmental...

Individual Therapy
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What is DIR Floortime and How Does it Help?

“What is DIR Floortime?” is often one of the first questions new families at Amy Zier and Associates ask when starting treatment. We love this question because AZ+A’s DIR approach makes our therapy approach truly special. Developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder, Ph.D., DIR is a multi-component intervention to help children with social-emotional,...

How to Sign Up for Telehealth Occupational Therapy
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How to Sign Up for Telehealth Occupational Therapy

Telehealth for Pediatric Occupational Therapy AZ+A is committed to supporting families during the COVID19 pandemic. We continue to see clients while following all CDC and Illinois government guidelines. Prior to the recent news of the statewide lockdown due to coronavirus, we had expanded our therapy options for our clientele to include Telehealth. • The exciting...

The Effects of Childhood Anxiety
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The Effects of Childhood Anxiety

Childhood anxiety is sneaky. It rarely presents itself in obvious ways, in children or in adults. Challenging behavior, difficulty with emotional regulation, and even sensory issues can all mask the underlying anxiety a child may feel. Likewise, a child may have emotional, social or developmental differences that result in anxious behavior. As much as parents,...