Connect the Dots Therapy Services

Connect the Dots Therapy Services

Connect the Dots Therapy provides occupational therapy services to children and adolescents of all ages in the Austin and surrounding areas.

08/22/2022

Happy Monday y'all!

08/19/2022

If your child shows any of these signs in regards to their eating habits, they may benefit from feeding therapy. Feeding therapy is typically done by an occupational therapist or a speech therapist that is specialized in this area. They can help your child decrease stress surrounding mealtimes, establish healthy sustainable eating habits, and increase the variety in your child's diet, all in a fun and engaging way!

08/15/2022

It's that time! Back to school is right around the corner!

This time of the year can be exciting but also overwhelming. Here are some easy tips to help your kiddo transition from the summer to the school routine.

🍎Visual schedule: Introduce a schedule of what the weekdays will look like during the school year. This will help your child know what to expect once school starts back up again.
🍎 Bedtime/morning routine: Have your child start going to bed earlier and waking up earlier so they are able to reset their body to a new routine. This will help avoid any struggles waking up early during the first week of school.
🍎 Meet the teacher: If possible, schedule a meet and greet with the teacher before school starts. This introduction will help your child get familiar with a new face and decrease any anxiety over being in a new classroom.
🍎Pick out new items: Giving your child some control by picking out a new favorite outfit/backpack/lunchbox, will help your child get excited about the new school year.
🍎 Play date: Try to organize a playdate with some of the new kids in your child's class, so there are some familiar friendly faces on the first day!

Here's to a smooth start to the new school year!

05/13/2022

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05/10/2022

Does your child have trouble staying in his/her seat when doing homework? Taking a quick movement break will help your child stay focused and attentive.

Encourage your child to do one of the above movement breaks periodically throughout a seated task.

What's your child's favorite way to get some movement in?

05/08/2022

Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing mothers out there!

Photos from Connect the Dots Therapy Services's post 05/02/2022

Crossing midline is such an important part of your child's development. Swipe above to find out why!

Here are some activities to encourage your child to cross midline:
-Yoga
-Animal walks
-Hopscotch
-Swimming
-Playing games like Twister

04/04/2022

Do you have a picky eater?

If you do, then try to encourage play with non-preferred food. Playing with food shouldn't be a bad thing. In fact, it should be encouraged! Kids who are picky eaters often struggle with tolerating different textures of food. By playing with food, it gives their hands a chance to feel the texture before actually putting it in their mouth. Playing with non-preferred food also give kids another exposure to this food. It often takes at least 10 exposures of a new food before a tactile sensitive child is able to try a bite.

If your child is a picky eater, set aside a time each day where they are able to explore non-preferred food using play-based strategies!

04/02/2022

April 2nd is Autism Awareness Day. Let's always remember to spread acceptance and awareness πŸ’™

03/30/2022

Making mistakes is just a part of the process ❀️

03/28/2022

Executive functioning is often thought of as the "management system of the brain". Difficulties in executive functioning can make it hard for kids to:

🧠 Start and/or complete tasks
🧠 Follow multi-step directions
🧠 Prioritize tasks
🧠 Manage their time
🧠 Keep track of their belongings
🧠 Regulate emotions

If your child is struggling with any of the above, they may benefit from occupational therapy services!

03/21/2022

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03/14/2022

Some children have tactile sensitivities to clothing. They may have certain preferences on the types of shirts, pants, socks, or shoes that they wear. Kids that over-respond to tactile input may say that they hate the feeling of pants on their legs, or the seams in their socks. They are processing this tactile input at a higher level than others, and as result, cannot concentrate on anything else other than what they are wearing and how it feels on their body. Here are a few ways to help kids that have clothing sensitivities:

πŸ‘• Do heavy work activities before getting dressed. Heavy work, or proprioceptive input, is calming and regulating to the sensory system. Try having your child do animal walks, jump on the trampoline, or chew on a piece of gum.
πŸ‘• Cut out tags from clothing, or buy tagless clothing.
πŸ‘• Buy sensory-friendly clothing such as clothes with no seams, or wear a compression shirt underneath the clothes. The compression shirt provides deep pressure, which is calming to the sensory system.
πŸ‘• Wash clothes before wearing them or buy second-hand clothing to make sure they are extra soft.

03/08/2022

International Women's Day is a day celebrating the global social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

Happy International Women's Day to all the strong and powerful women out there!

03/07/2022

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03/03/2022

Yoga can be so beneficial for kids! Not only does it help with strength and flexibility, but it also helps kids improve their body awareness, self-regulate, decrease impulsivity, and develop improved motor planning skills. You can challenge your child to hold a yoga position for a specific amount of time, or take them through a full yoga sequence.

What's your child's favorite yoga pose?

03/02/2022

It's officially March, which means it's time to do all the St. Patrick's Day crafts! This craft is a lot easier than it looks, and works on so many great skills! We worked on developing a tripod grasp by using tongs to pick up and transfer the cotton balls. We also worked on motor planning and bilateral coordination by folding each one of the rainbow arches to make them stand up 🌈

03/01/2022

Did you know today is World Compliment Day? It was created to spread joy through simple verbal affirmations of appreciation. Complimenting children improves their confidence and helps them feel proud of themselves. Instead of just saying "good job", try to make your praise and compliments mores specific, so your child is able to recognize when and how they do well.

02/28/2022

Happy Monday! Here's some motivation to start your week off strong πŸ’ͺ

02/25/2022

Does your child often put non-food items in their mouth, or chew on their clothes? This means they are seeking sensory input. These oral sensory tools will still give your child the sensory input that they are seeking, but in a more functional way. Try to redirect your child to blow bubbles, chew gum, or chew on their chew tube instead of putting other items in their mouth.

02/23/2022

There are over 30 steps to trying a new food according to , starting with a child being able to tolerate being in the same room as the food, and ending with chewing and swallowing a bite of food independently. The steps in between target various sensory systems and give children ample time and opportunity to engage and interact with the new food before taking a bite. Connect the Dots can help your child work up these steps to increase their food intake and variety in their diet!

02/21/2022

Play is so important for a child's development! It helps build creativity, fosters relationships, creates a sense of independence, and builds physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play can be a solitary activity, or it can take place alongside peers. Either way, it's important to encourage your child to engage in play-based activities every single day!

02/18/2022

Learning to cut with scissors helps children develop hand/finger strength, bilateral coordination skills, and motor planning. These skills assist children with being able to color, use feeding utensils, and get dressed in the morning.

Photos from Connect the Dots Therapy Services's post 02/16/2022

Heavy work includes any activities involving pushing, pulling, jumping, or crashing.These activities engage the proprioceptive sense, and help kids regulate their sensory system. These are just a few of the many activities you can do with your kids at home to help them regulate and increase attention and focus.

Which heavy work activity is your child's favorite?

02/11/2022

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02/10/2022

Valentine's Day will be here before you know it! This craft is so simple, but addresses so many areas. Tearing paper can help develop fine motor skills, and it also strengthens hand/finger muscles. You can easily modify this craft by having kids tear paper to fill in an image of their favorite character or the first letter of their name.

02/09/2022

Did you know today is National Pizza Day?! It's the perfect excuse to celebrate with your favorite pie πŸ•

Pizza is often thought of as a 'kids food', but it can be so hard for kids to eat if they are picky eaters. The different textures of pizza combined together might be too much for their sensory system. Try to work on the different components of pizza (crust, sauce, cheese, toppings) individually. Once they are able to eat these items separately, then you can try to combine them into a pizza.

You can also make pizza at home! Get your kiddo involved in the pizza making process. Getting kids involved often encourages picky eaters to try new food.

02/08/2022

Interoception is a sense that helps you understand and feel what is going on inside of your body. The interoceptive system helps keep your body at a state of homeostasis. Children that have difficulties with interoception may struggle knowing when they're too hot or cold, when they are hungry, and when they need to use the bathroom. Occupational therapists can help these children regulate their sensory system so that they are better able to tune into their interoceptive system!

02/07/2022

Positive affirmations are statements or phrases that are developed to challenge negative thoughts and self-talk. These positive statements are beneficial for kids, as they help them build their confidence and develop their inner dialogue. Introducing positive affirmations at a young age will help kids feel empowered to take on whatever life throws at them.

What positive affirmations do you say with your kids?

02/04/2022

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