Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
& Sensory Processing Disorder
What’s the difference?
At first, a description of a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and can sound the same as a child with Sensory Processing Disorder. Constant fidgeting, difficulty paying attention, getting easily frustrated, being impulsive, having meltdowns in public, difficulty focusing with distractions, playing roughly and taking physical risks can be a sign of BOTH ADHD and SPD. Although ADHD and SPD share similar characteristics, treatment for ADHD and SPD are very different because they address different underlying causes/issues. Read More
Let’s face it, getting children to try new foods can be difficult for any parent. Often times, parents attribute their child’s picky eating to “typical toddler behavior”, “being stubborn” or “having control issues”; however, there is a fine line between a child being a “picky eater” versus a “problem eater”. Read More
Using outside play activities to develop motor skills.
As children grow, they should be exposed to a variety of experiences that encourage their motor skills to develop. Simple things like choosing to walks on a gravel paths, soft sand or spongy playground mulch can challenge a child’s coordination and balance. Playing on a variety of “unstable ground surfaces” will increase your child’s proprioceptive drive into the muscles which causes them to work harder than doing the same movements on more stable surfaces such as a road, wooden floors or concrete. Challenging your child with exposure to these unstable surfaces can encourage growth of motor skill coordination and postural control. Read More
Why speech-language therapy may be the PERFECT fit for children with literacy issues.
Pediatric Boulevard’s Ultimate Gift List for Kids!
Toys that benefit a child’s physical and communication development
Happy Halloween vs. Halloween Horror
Tips to help your child have a fun and sensory-friendly Halloween!
Halloween should be a fun and enjoyable time for every child; however, some children with special needs will need some modifications to make their Halloween enjoyable.
Low muscle tone, officially defined as Hypotonia, could be the cause of these symptoms. The official cause of Hypotonia is unknown; however, it is very common and can be present in normal infants, as well as infants with specific diagnoses such as Down’s Syndrome or Prematurity. If a child has Hypotonia, it is very likely for them to present with delayed milestones such as sitting, crawling, walking and even speaking. Read More