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The Power of Play: Exploring Play-Based Speech Therapy for Children

January 18, 2024

The Power of Play: Exploring Play-Based Speech Therapy for Children By: Samantha Rothman, MS. OTR/L Speech development is a critical aspect of a child’s early years, influencing their communication skills and social interactions. In the realm of speech therapy, a dynamic and engaging approach known as play-based speech therapy has …

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The power of a neurodiversity-affirming practice

December 4, 2023

The Power of a Neurodiversity Affirming Practice By: Samantha Rothman, MS. OTR/L In a world that celebrates diversity, it’s essential to recognize and appreciate the uniqueness of every individual, including those who fall under the umbrella of neurodiversity. Neurodiversity refers to the natural variation in neurological development, encompassing conditions such …

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Developing a Healthy Frustration Tolerance

September 7, 2023

Developing a healthy frustration tolerance Frustration is a natural part of life, and learning to cope with it is an essential skill for children to develop. Building frustration tolerance helps them navigate challenges, setbacks, and disappointments with resilience and grace. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of frustration …

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What is DIR Floortime?

April 10, 2023
What is DIR Floortime

What is DIR Floortime? DIR Floortime (Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based Floortime) is a therapeutic approach used by some occupational therapists and other professionals to support the development of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental challenges. The DIR Floortime approach is based on the idea that children’s development occurs …

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Autism & Special Needs Resources in the Phoenix area

March 6, 2023

Autism & Special Needs Resources in the Phoenix area Samantha Rothman, MS, OTR/L March 6, 2023   Raising Special Kids www.raisingspecialkids.org Provides FREE services including consultations, parent-to-parent support, events, training, and parent coaching. Provides information about federal and state programs, education options, special healthcare needs, and transitioning to adulthood.    …

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Fine Motorskills milestones : Ages 3-5

February 7, 2023

Fine Motor Skills Milestones: Ages 3-5 Samantha Rothman, MS, OTR/L February 5, 2023   What are Fine Motor Skills?   Typically, we think of fine motor skills as the use of the smaller muscles in the hands, manipulating objects with the hands, handwriting, coloring, etc. However, sometimes fine motor skills …

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What is Occupational Therapy?

November 17, 2022

What is Occupational Therapy? Occupational therapy (OT) is an allied health profession involving the therapeutic use of everyday activities or occupations, to treat the physical, mental, developmental, and emotional afflictions that impact a patient’s ability to perform day-to-day activities. When most people think of occupational therapy (OT), they think of …

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