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Your doctor says your child has hypotonia or “low tone”, but what exactly does that mean, and how does it affect your child’s development? Hypotonia is a medical term that means decreased muscle tone. Everyone is born with an individualized amount of muscle tone, which is the level of stiffness and tension of a muscle...

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As your child gains independence and is learning to complete dressing activities on their own, clothing fasteners may be a tricky and frustrating skill for them to master because they involve many skills. Completing clothing fasteners, such as buttons and zippers, require refined fine motor skills and grasp patterns, visual motor skill and bilateral coordination...

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When so much of a child’s learning/skill development is created through play, it is important to provide children with toys that will promote their development and provide opportunities to grow. Toys can improve a child’s fine motor and manual dexterity, bilateral coordination, visual-motor integration, sensory processing, gross motor development, and so much more! Here I’ll...

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (A Speech-Language Pathologists’ Perspective)   As a therapist in pediatric land, it is extremely common to have children on my caseload who demonstrate with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). One of the most difficult conversations I can have with a family is discussing ‘red flags’ for autism, particularly when their own child demonstrates...

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