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Natural Playground Benefits

Natural Playground Benefits

Natural playgrounds or playscapes are all the rage right now — but why? Why natural and recycled materials over the pre-fab playground equipment? There are many benefits to having a natural playground at your school, church or even in your backyard. The great thing about […]

Sensory Tables and Bins — Why Are They Beneficial?

Sensory Tables and Bins — Why Are They Beneficial?

If you’re a preschool teacher, chances are you know all about sensory tables. If you don’t know much about them or would like to know the benefits of a sensory table, read on. You don’t have to be a teacher to have a sensory table. […]

DIY Bath Bombs for Kids  — Sensory Activity

DIY Bath Bombs for Kids — Sensory Activity

I think in a lot of ways I am a sensory seeker — when it comes to textures and smells. I have to feel and smell EVERYTHING. So when I did a little DIY project for Our Storied Home, I knew this was something I […]

Fidget Spinners — What Are They? Do They Help?

Fidget Spinners — What Are They? Do They Help?

If you have younger children, are a teacher or a therapist, or have two eyes, you know what fidget spinners are. Those neat little plastic/metal gadgets that spin one of many ways that are seemingly sold out frequently (this information comes from my son who […]

Bedroom Ideas for Kids With Special Needs Part 2

Bedroom Ideas for Kids With Special Needs Part 2

Last time we talked about things to consider when doing a bedroom for your child who has special needs. For this post we’re talking about specific items that can not only make a nice addition to the bedroom, but may also help your child if […]

Creative Camp Activities for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Creative Camp Activities for Children on the Autism Spectrum

As the parent of a child on the autism spectrum, it’s not uncommon to at times feel a little helpless. Sure, you can control the neighborhood you live in and the school they go to, but once they’re out of your sight, you can’t know […]

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

Sensory Processing Disorder occurs when the brain cannot process information correctly when it is sent information by the senses. Often Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is paired with other diagnoses such as autism, cerebral palsy, dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD as well as countless others. Children who have […]

Sensory Bottles — How to Make Them Part 1

Sensory Bottles — How to Make Them Part 1

Sensory bottles are not only fun to watch and play with, they can be also fun to make! Here are a few ideas on how to make and benefits of sensory bottles. Sensory bottles are plastic bottles with any number of  liquids and substances in […]

Sensory Processing Disorder Resources

Sensory Processing Disorder Resources

Sometimes it can be difficult to find answers about why our children are the way they are. Finding out what we can do to help them can be even more difficult. Here are some reading materials that we think are great resources for parents whose […]

Bedroom Ideas for Kids With Special Needs

Bedroom Ideas for Kids With Special Needs

There are so many ideas for themed children’s bedrooms these days — options are limitless! While you may have considered  a particular theme or character for your child’s room, have you ever considered the environment of your child’s room? I have had many families of children […]


early intervention

What Is Early Intervention?

What Is Early Intervention?

“Early intervention” can seem like a scary term to some parents, but what is it really? And does your child require early intervention services? In today’s world, it feels like we are constantly trying to diagnose and label just about everything. If you notice something or your doctor or childcare provider notices something about your child that is of concern regarding their development and/or reaching milestones, it never hurts to have an evaluation by an early intervention specialist.

Early intervention is really more of a blanket term for specialized therapy, as an early intervention specialist evaluates children, usually in their toddler years, as they are more developed than in their infant stage and are more likely to display issues that therapy can treat. Usually they come to the potential child’s home, and do an assessment and evaluation on the child to see if they can discern any issues. Typically they deal with developmental delays, speech problems, or any oddities in their physical behavior that may require attention.

Based on the recommendations of the early intervention specialist, your child may qualify for special services/therapy. Often the therapy requires no payment if your child falls under specific qualifiers. Due to the mandate of the U.S. Congress, early intervention therapists/specialists are paid by the government who uses grants in order to pay them. If a child doesn’t meet the qualifications to receive free services, payment may be required to a therapist out-of-pocket or by your health insurance carrier, depending on the plan. If your child meets the qualifications for services, they will set up a plan of treatment — usually a regimented list of activities for you and the child to perform, as well as referring the child to a specific specialist or physician. The recommendation from a physician that leads to early intervention is also likely. The EI specialist will then monitor the child’s progress to make sure all of the needs of the child and parent are being met and progress is being made.

In essence, an early intervention specialist is able to assess your child if they have special needs, or to get a head start on issues that may plague your child later in life. Specific kinds of speech, behaviors and physical impairments can be worked on and even entirely fixed with the help of early intervention. If you have worries your child might have special needs, or has something distinct that’s impairing the growth process, speaking to your child’s pediatrician or physician for a recommendation for an early intervention specialist may be right for you.

For more information, visit the U.S. Dept of Education: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/osepeip/index.html


A few of our Favorites

Creative Camp Activities for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Creative Camp Activities for Children on the Autism Spectrum

As the parent of a child on the autism spectrum, it’s not uncommon to at times feel a little helpless. Sure, you can control the neighborhood you live in and the school they go to, but once they’re out of your sight, you can’t know […]

Therapy Swing Benefits

Therapy Swing Benefits

We all remember swinging as children…hours and hours of entertainment. Did you ever think there might be more to it than that? There are many benefits to swinging, for both children and adults, especially if they have sensory processing disorder (SPD). Some children will find […]

Water Beads — Where Can I Find Them?

Water Beads — Where Can I Find Them?

I got asked several times yesterday at the sensory workshop where to get water beads. I buy mine on Amazon, but I buy in bulk because I use them often and because of that, have to switch mine out more frequently than most would need […]

Gak Recipe

Gak Recipe

Call it what you will — gak, slime, Flubber, it’s great fun for kids of all ages to play with. The great thing about making gak is that it’s super easy, doesn’t use many ingredients and can provide hours of fun. It’s a wonderful sensory […]

The Seven Senses? Part 2

The Seven Senses? Part 2

The Proprioceptive Sense Most of us are familiar with our five senses – touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. We were taught in school that it’s our senses that teach us about the world. It’s how we learn. All of that is true, however, we […]