Empowering You to Make a Difference
From the everyday routines of parenting and family life to the challenges of coordinating schedules and navigating systems, Amy Zier & Associates is here to provide resources parents need.
We go out of our way to get out into the community and learn more about groups, organizations and activities that are able to benefit the children and families that rely on us for pediatric therapy. We also do all we can to educate others, so you are empowered to make a difference in ways that might not otherwise have been possible.
Take a look at the links below to access the information you need. As always, feel free to contact Amy Zier & Associates to suggest other resources or to ask questions that are not covered here.
Additional Learning Resources
The Sensory Kids is a mom owned & run business focused on serving the special needs community. The Sensory Kids offers product sales, support online, and by private appointment as well as product consulting for professionals, sensory parties and product demos at schools, clinics and private groups. Visit www.sensorykidstore.com or contact them for more information & products.
If your child has challenges with handwriting, you may find this article, written by AZ+A pediatric occupational therapist, Kathy Flentge, OTR/L, to be helpful. For more detailed information about handwriting programs we offer here at AZ+A please visit our School and Educational Support page.
Eye Can Learn is a resource dedicated to providing parents with fun eye exercises that enhance their children’s visual processing skills for better school performance and sustained attention. Please visit the Eye Can Learn website for more information on eye exercises that improve learning and visual attention.
Making Therapy Fun at Home
Flubber is a great tool for tactile input. We find that a single batch isn’t typically enough to really get your hands into this gooey stuff, so we’ve included a recipe for a double batch of flubber. If you prefer, start with a half batch to see if this is enough for your needs.
What You’ll Need
- Borax Laundry Booster
- 1 medium bowl
- Wooden spoon (or nonstick spoon)
- 1 container with lid (to store your flubber)
- Food coloring
- Hot Water
There are two different solutions that you’ll be making before mixing them together: the Borax Solution & the Glue Solution. It doesn’t matter what order you make them in.
01. The Borax Solution
2 2/3 cup of hot water
6 teaspoons of powdered Borax
Mix together (with a wooden or non stick spoon) in the medium bowl until the Borax is completely dissolved.
02. The Glue Solution
3 cups of hot water
4 cups of school glue
10 drops of food coloring
01. Mix the glue, water & food coloring in the container with a lid. It’s best to use your fingers to make sure that the glue is completely mixed with the water. Mix this thoroughly or it will impact your end results.
02. Once your borax solution & the glue solution are ready, take the borax solution and pour it into the glue solution. Knead with your hands. The mixture will start out viscous but should quickly begin to thicken. You’ll really need to get your hands in this in order for the glue solution to absorb all the water; this is not something you can mix with a spoon.
Your flubber’s ready to use! This batch (kept free of debris) will last approximately a month. It’s normal for some water to collect on the top of the lid or inside the container once the flubber has been sitting for some time. Simply drain the water in the sink & wipe the lid with a rag. To dispose of your flubber, throw it in the trash NOT down the sink. This is a sticky substance so be careful not to get on clothing or carpet.
Amy Zier & Associates takes a strong interdisciplinary approach to treating each child’s individual needs. We want to introduce you to some key players.
Cindy Dimmitt, MA, CMT, CST
Cindy Dimmitt, MA, CMT, CST specializes in CranioSacral Therapy (CST) for babies, children and adults. CST is a gentle light touch approach that releases tensions deep in the central nervous system so that every other system in the body can relax and self-correct. It helps you naturally free yourself from pain, stress, and discomfort. It can be beneficial for children with sensory integration disorder, ADHD, issues related to birth trauma, and more. Cindy has a private practice on the North side of Chicago. For more information about Cindy or CranioSacral Therapy to determine if CST might be something you want to try, please refer to her website or contact Cindy by phone at 773-931-9392 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cara is the president and founder of Kinetic Konnections. She and her team “help to restore micro-movements… so you can move better, think better, feel better.” They activate prenatal neuromuscular stabilizing sequences. They troubleshoot breakdowns in the ability to stabilize or move efficiently. Once these sequences are restored, the foundation is present for your Occupational therapist to work with and further develop. Contact Cara by phone at 847-390-8348 or visit her website.
Educational Services Associates
Educational Services Associates is a group practice providing educational therapy, remedial tutoring, educational and neuropsychological evaluation, and consultation services to children and adolescents with learning challenges. ESA’s mission is to develop independent, successful learners who view themselves as competent participants in the social context of their community. Contact ESA by phone at 773-538-5003 or visit their website.
Bonnie is a licensed Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Teacher, Certified Guidance Counselor, Public Speaker & Media Spokeswoman. Bonnie does nutritional consultations and is a wealth of information. Contact ESA by phone at 847-498-3422 or visit her website.
Sarah Watkin, LCSW
Sarah is a licensed clinical social worker located in Lakeview. Together with her colleagues, Whole Family Inc. offers a range of supports for families including Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Individual therapy for children, teens and adults, family therapy, group therapy, and therapeutic yoga. Contact Sarah by phone at 312-519-3187 or visit her website.