Category: Pediatric Occupational Therapy

What is DIR Floortime and How Does it Help?
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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,...

Preparing for Back to School during “Cautious” Summer Fun
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Preparing for Back to School during “Cautious” Summer Fun

Preparing for back to school!?! Why are we bringing this up NOW when we’ve only just begun to enjoy a little summer fun? Because it will – or possibly won’t – be here before we know it. Preparing for back to school will undoubtedly look different this coming school year. Even though it’s only a couple months...

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

Rewards & Consequences: More Harm than Good?
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Rewards & Consequences: More Harm than Good?

A system of rewards and consequences is the go-to model many adults use to keep children motivated to behave. It’s natural to want to reinforce positive behavior and let natural outcomes be the result of less than desirable behavior. But is it really the right approach for all children? For some children, this traditional discipline...

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,...

Prioritize Play for Kids to Help Them Thrive As Adults
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Prioritize Play for Kids to Help Them Thrive As Adults

The idea of play being an instinctual need for children is not one readily discussed. When children are young, play is often encouraged but just as often limited in an effort of balancing it with too many structured activities and rules. Unrestricted play is an essential part of social and emotional development. As kids head...

Painfully Shy – A Mother’s Story
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Painfully Shy – A Mother’s Story

Twenty years ago when my daughter was in pre-school and kindergarten, her teachers repeatedly told us that her severe shyness was “an issue.” This pattern continued throughout her school years. No teacher, doctor or counselor ever mentioned pediatric occupational therapy, (at which point, I had no idea existed nor would I have known how an...

Left, Right or Both? Brain Development Explained
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Left, Right or Both? Brain Development Explained

As occupational therapists and parents, brain development in early childhood fascinates us. Watching children interact with others, their environment, processes and playtime teaches us more than any textbook ever could. Will they grow to be a logical, results-driven adult (left-brained) or will they become a creative, intuitive thinker; one who is more interested in the...

Are Your Kids Experiencing Shutdowns, Silliness, Extra Movement or Anger? Read these 3 Ways to Avoid Overstimulation in Kids
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Are Your Kids Experiencing Shutdowns, Silliness, Extra Movement or Anger? Read these 3 Ways to Avoid Overstimulation in Kids

Overstimulation occurs when an abundance of stimuli is beyond the child’s processing “threshold” and causes confusion and/or anxiety. It’s the feeling some of us may experience when facing 300 options in the cereal aisle, deciding what to binge on Netflix, scrolling through Pinterest… Don’t even get us started on choosing the “best” anti-wrinkle cream in the cosmetics section!...

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