Get Set for School: Tips to Help Ease Your Child’s Transition Back-to-School

It’s that time again….. summer is coming to a close and the new school year is upon us. The transition from summer to school can be a difficult one for many children (and parents!). Are you worried about getting your child ready for the new school year? Well do not fear, the team here at […]

When Your Child Can’t Make Friends: Improving Social-Pragmatic Communication Skills

Among the vast variety of speech-language deficits that SLPs treat (discussed in this previous post ) are social/pragmatic communication difficulties. Sometimes a child’s challenges with communicating in social situations arise from speech-language deficits such as articulation errors or a stutter which, in turn, may reduce a child’s self-confidence and cause them to refrain from social […]

When It Comes to Food…It’s All Child’s Play

It’s an age-old expression, often heard at dinner tables where pouty young children sit and fiddle with their uneaten veggies in order to avoid putting them anywhere near their mouth: “Don’t play with your food!” Speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists who incorporate feeding into their therapy sing a different tune. They say, “Let’s play!” Awareness […]

Listening Therapy, Another Effective Tool to Assist with Sensory Integration

At Children’s Therapy Connections in Orland Park, we are Certified Providers of “The Listening Program”. When Occupational Therapy is used in combination with The Listening Program, it can “jump start” the nervous system, accelerating the effects of treatment by stimulating auditory processing, as well as other sensory systems.These systems, vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, and auditory, are […]

What You Need To Know About Sensory Processing Disorder

What is Sensory Processing? Sensory processing the how the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. A persons ability to be successful in daily activities relies on how the nervous system processes the sensations the body is experiencing while engaged in the activity. When a child […]

Does your baby have a flat head?

Today, many more babies have flat spots on their heads, a huge increase from 20 years ago. In fact, it is now common to see babies out in public wearing orthotic helmets and to hear stories about their courses of physical or occupational therapy. In the 1970’s, studies showed that 1 in 300 infants were […]

Being Out is In!

The outdoors provides so many opportunities for child development. As children explore playgrounds and parks, sensory experiences are everywhere. Children have the chance to watch others play and socialize, and are encouraged to challenge themselves. Coordination, motor planning, strengthening, balance and visual gross motor skills are just a few things that a trip to the […]

Children’s Therapy Connections – My Journey With Autism

Hi Everyone, I am Kate and I am one of the owners of Children’s Therapy Connections and I am also the Mom of a three year old boy with Autism. This will be a blog where parents or friends of children with special needs can come to share our journey. Getting a diagnosis that your […]