Parent Support Special Needs

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

By |2017-08-04T10:24:50+00:00August 4th, 2017|Parent Support Special Needs|

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

By |2017-07-12T10:12:18+00:00July 12th, 2017|Parent Support Special Needs, Therapy|

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

By |2017-05-31T07:25:14+00:00May 31st, 2017|Parent Support Special Needs|

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

By |2016-08-15T13:52:20+00:00August 15th, 2016|Parent Support Special Needs|

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

By |2016-08-15T13:47:06+00:00August 15th, 2016|Parent Support Special Needs|

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?

By |2015-07-08T06:13:18+00:00July 8th, 2015|Parent Support Special Needs|

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!

By |2015-07-01T06:03:50+00:00July 1st, 2015|Parent Support Special Needs|

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