Sensory Processing – What is it? And How OT can help!

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Did you know our nervous system processes eight (yes, eight!) different senses?  Sensory processing refers to the way in which these senses are registered, and turned into motor and behavioral responses.  We receive these sensations and use them to interact with our environment.  Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) occurs when the sensory signals are not registered in the nervous system, or there are inappropriate responses to the sensory input.  Occupational therapists are experts in sensory processing and can help!

Find out what the eight senses are and understand more about sensory processing here! 

The Importance of Core Vocabulary for Language Development

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Core vocabulary is a set of basic words in any language that are used frequently and across environments; mostly pronouns, verbs, descriptors, and prepositions (very few nouns).  Core vocabulary teaches children a variety of word classes and the different ways words can be used to express wants/opinions. We can help children use core vocabulary during daily routines to learn a variety of words and word types!  Core language can be modeled across many settings and situations and is easy to do during simple daily routines! Learn more about how to use core vocabulary in your day-to-day routines to support a child’s communication development!

Rehab Resources Star - James

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James is a playful, happy boy who loves basketball, books, and the outdoors.  He has a lot to say and works very hard in therapy.  He is an explorer and has a big heart.  James recieves out patient PT, OT, and ST at our Mequon clinic.  Meet James here!

Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day!

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Thursday March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. 

World Down Syndrome Day is a day set aside to raise awareness and educate the general public about Down Syndrome and to raise public awareness and be part of the global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion, and well being of people with Down syndrome.  You can show your support by wearing brightly colored socks to signify the extra chromosome that people with Down Syndrome usually carry.