Kitestrings Pediatric Therapy

Kitestrings Pediatric Therapy

Speech, Occupational,and Physical Therapy for children in Austin's Lakeway region.

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‘Minimally speaking autistic’ student wins Soros fellowship for Ph.D. 04/25/2022

‘Minimally speaking autistic’ student wins Soros fellowship for Ph.D.

https://news.berkeley.edu/2022/04/14/minimally-speaking-autistic-student-wins-soros-fellowship-for-ph-d/?fbclid=IwAR0RYxk0CJcqCF1-NHktILpF729zxZU4GwSsWiDJ931L3OBzUowAvebXpOY

‘Minimally speaking autistic’ student wins Soros fellowship for Ph.D. Psychology major is first student with oral-motor apraxia to win prestigious award

04/14/2022

Come join us @focus_behavioral for some Easter fun!

Photos from Kitestrings Pediatric Therapy's post 04/14/2022

Somebunny special got to join a therapy session today! We love when our patients have the cutest pets ❤️🐰

03/21/2022

Today we celebrate all of the people with Down syndrome we are so lucky to know and work with!

02/22/2022

Check out our calming corner!!

02/22/2022

The newest service at Kitestrings Pediatric Therapy! Let’s Get Talking! Parent consultation appointments for expecting parents, caregivers, parents of babies, and parents of toddlers who would LOVE to learn how to facilitate speech and language development for their child. You’ll get handouts and a customized program that is best suited for your family. DM us for more information!

Photos from Kitestrings Pediatric Therapy's post 02/02/2022

More options to better serve our community!!!

01/28/2022

Did you know that speech therapy is not only fun, but also sometime delicious?! We made ice cream today in a lesson to target: and

Photos from Beautifully Wired's post 01/27/2022

Photos from Beautifully Wired's post

01/18/2022

Literacy tips for different ages and stages. ☺️

Timeline photos 01/12/2022

Timeline photos

❓Picky Eaters vs. PFD vs. ARFID❓

Join Kay A. Toomey, PhD for an online workshop about picky eating, PFD, and ARFID. By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

🔘Define the characteristics of a “picky eater” as different from either PFD or ARFID.
🔘Evaluate the validity of the criteria for ARFID.
🔘Identify critical components of a differential diagnosis decision tree for picky eaters vs. PFD vs ARFID.

The online workshop is accessible on-demand now and is FREE for families and students! To access the workshop and view healthcare professional pricing, click here: https://bit.ly/3f3REnZ

Timeline photos 12/24/2021

Timeline photos

On this Christmas, this food-centered holiday, please remember the children who don’t eat, who won’t eat, who nibble, who lick, who avoid the dinner table altogether, who eat with a tube in their nose or their ‘button’, who eat only mashed potatoes, or who eat through a straw— they are not being difficult. They are not being manipulative. They have pediatric feeding disorder. Please respect them and their abilities. Show their parents and caregivers grace and love —everyone is doing their very best.

And please remember there are many ways to celebrate and enjoy one another, with and without food.

We posted this message last month on Thanksgiving and received requests from international members of the PFD community who don't celebrate American Thanksgiving to share this same note for Christmas. 🎄

11/11/2021
11/10/2021

🍊My strategy for helping kids deal with “new food smells” is so simple & so effective! Many picky eaters
complain about the smell of new foods. But the solution is not to stop serving the food. The solution is
to offer a strategy to help them manage the sensation.

🍋Pick a slice of citrus fruit that your child enjoys. They don’t have enjoy eating it, but they do enjoy the aroma. If they are too sensitive to fruity smells, try a piece of washcloth damped with water (cut to size with scissors) with a few drops of essential oil in a light fragrance they enjoy.

🥤Spear the straw through the citrus slice (or the tiny square of washcloth) & let it rest on the lid.

🧊Ice water works best, if your child is ok drinking very cold water.

🤔Why does this work? Molecules containing the aroma of the new food travel through the air & reach the olfactory center of the brain when they travel up the nose with each breath. The aromatic
molecules from the citrus travel up the nose as the child sips through the straw, masking any previous
odors that your child may find uncomfortable. The cold sips of water help to desensitize the throat,
where smells also hang out!

🍲So, kids still get small whiffs of the new foods just because they are present on the table. The small sips of cold water, paired with a pleasant smell, counterbalances the
less desirable sensations from the new food.

🥰The beauty is, they learn to tolerate the “new food smells” over time while still being exposed to new foods and their unique aromas. That’s the key to helping kids learn to interact with new foods with all
of their senses – tiny, manageable exposures instead of avoiding the foods altogether.

🪄Compassionate exposures with positive strategies to support our hesitant eaters…that’s when the magic happens to help kids become more adventurous eaters.

10/29/2021

Happy Halloween from Kitestrings! Share your costumes too!

10/21/2021

We’re making some spooky sentences with @speechroomnews Halloween activity!

10/01/2021

In celebration of AAC Awareness Month October 2021, a number of app developers are once again offering deep discounts! Date ranges and sale details vary, so check the graphic carefully!
I have included information from all developers who provided me with sale details.

https://bit.ly/AACAppSalesOct21 (live links to app store)

W = sale is worldwide
VPP = additional discounts apply when 20 or more copies are purchased via Apple's Volume Purchase Program

This year only, in honor of its 10 year anniversary, GoTalk Now will be on sale for only $10 (normally $99.99) for ONE DAY ONLY on October 10, 2021. While GoTalk Now is not a robust core-based AAC app, you may not be aware that GoTalk Now is an excellent app for making songs, videos (including YouTube videos), and digital books accessible. Grab it while you can on October 10th! Administrators, if you buy 20 or more copies using the VPP, it's only $5.00 a copy! It's a great option for teaching switch access!

UPDATE: Tobii DynaVox’s TD Snap (formerly Snap Core First) for iOS will be 15% off for one day only on October 13th, 2021. (Worldwide/ VPP can be applied)

UPDATE: Talk Suite Pro at 75% off.
Only $49.99. Only this Sunday 10/3.

PDF: https://bit.ly/AACAppSalesOct21PDF (live links to app store)

Image file: https://bit.ly/AACAppSalesOct21PNG

Screen reader-friendly PDF:
https://bit.ly/AACAppSales21screenreaderpdf

Image: a screenshot of my AAC Awareness Month October 2021 AAC and Education App Sale graphic. Color-blocked document in shades of tan, orange and gray with app icons.

Photos from My Munch Bug - Melanie Potock's post 09/16/2021

Photos from My Munch Bug - Melanie Potock's post

Why We Shouldn't Blame Parents for Their Kid's Picky Eating 09/15/2021

Why We Shouldn't Blame Parents for Their Kid's Picky Eating

Parents of picky eaters, this one is for you!
https://yourkidstable.com/picky-eating-is-not-parents-fault/

Why We Shouldn't Blame Parents for Their Kid's Picky Eating Have you or somebody else blamed your kid's picky eating on YOU? Think again, because parents often aren't the reason for their kid's...

Kitestrings Pediatric Therapy updated their address. 09/10/2021

Kitestrings Pediatric Therapy updated their address.

Kitestrings Pediatric Therapy updated their address.

Kitestrings Pediatric Therapy updated their business hours. 09/10/2021

Kitestrings Pediatric Therapy updated their business hours.

Kitestrings Pediatric Therapy updated their business hours.

08/31/2021

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is when a person has particular difficulties with understanding and using spoken language. The particular difficulties with language vary enormously between different people with DLD.

People with DLD might have difficulty with talking, such as thinking of the right words or putting the words into sentences. Complex sentences, which is when two shorter sentences are combined together, are often particularly difficult.

Less obvious are when people with DLD are struggling to understand. It might be that the sentences are too long and complex, or that the vocabulary in unfamiliar. Or as this image shows it can be when words have more than one meaning or be about linking bigger chunks together and understanding what is not directly said.

Find our more about DLD at radld.org

New Liberty Hill ice cream shop serving up job opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities 08/24/2021

New Liberty Hill ice cream shop serving up job opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities

https://www.kvue.com/article/money/business/liberty-hill-ice-cream-shop-udder-love/269-8c017925-3711-4700-983d-d2efe06dedb9?fbclid=IwAR2Yqpv3LvcwBIk7S5pNd3H4nUsGxFBHFQmZ48KYyOYYn0cgufJ3MOfLS9s

New Liberty Hill ice cream shop serving up job opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities As the owners' son learns to navigate the business, he is also giving lessons on inclusion and compassion.

Children's English Consonant Acquisition in the United States: A Review 08/20/2021

Children's English Consonant Acquisition in the United States: A Review

https://pubs.asha.org/doi/10.1044/2020_AJSLP-19-00168

Children's English Consonant Acquisition in the United States: A Review Purpose Speech-language pathologists' clinical decision making and consideration of eligibility for services rely on quality evidence, including information about consonant acquisition (developmental norms). The purpose of this review article is to describe the typical age and pattern of acquisition...

A Global Guide For Parents: How Your Kids Can Have Fun Without Stressing You Out 08/19/2021

A Global Guide For Parents: How Your Kids Can Have Fun Without Stressing You Out

A Global Guide For Parents: How Your Kids Can Have Fun Without Stressing You Out Exhausted from taking the kids to countless kiddie activities? Overwhelmed by too many toys? Here's what Western parents can learn from other cultures about how kids (and parents too) can have fun.

08/18/2021

A home exercise program is equally important to help your kiddo acquire the strength, balance, coordination, and gross motor skills you’ve been working so hard to achieve. Your Physical Therapist can help you come up with a personalized and a fun one.

08/16/2021

Mondays creation!

08/13/2021

Just a few games…. Which one is your favorite?

08/13/2021

Allow us to introduce ourselves… we are a pediatric therapy clinic serving West Austin. We love what we do and are excited to connect with y’all on the gram!

08/10/2021

Yesterday was this queen’s birthday! Happy birthday Shelby!

08/03/2021

www.kitestringstherapy.com

Did you know that the vestibular system is responsible to tell you where you are in space relative to gravity? It helps you balance, and it helps you see things clearly when you move your head and body. But this can be disrupted or underdeveloped in young kids for a number of reasons, for example: multiple ear infections, hearing loss and cochlear implants, concussion/head injury, chemotherapy etc., just to name a few. This can delay or limit skills in sitting, standing, walking, running, stair negotiation, jumping and it can result in decreased ability to participate in play and sports safely.

Our Physical Therapist, Tejaswi Khadka, PT, DPT, NCS has had special training and expertise in identifying and treating the pediatric population (infants to adolescents) presenting with postural, balance, and coordination impairments associated with developmental and vestibular impairment. She evaluates and treats individuals with post-concussion syndrome and helps them return back to sports and daily life. Find more information and to schedule an appointment for a formal evaluation visit www.Kitestringstherapy.com, or reach out via phone at 512-261-3584 or email [email protected]."

www.kitestringstherapy.com

PFD is not Rare - Feeding Matters 07/23/2021

PFD is not Rare - Feeding Matters

Did you know that more than 1 in 37 children are diagnosed with a pediatric feeding disorder? You are NOT ALONE! Our team at Kitestrings is here to support you and your child. If you have concerns about your child's picky eating, please give us a call. We would be honored to support you!
https://www.feedingmatters.org/we-have-come-so-far/

PFD is not Rare - Feeding Matters Dear Friends of Feeding Matters, As I meet with people in the community, I hear “the feeding community is so small” from those who are well-aware of pediatric feeding disorderRead full post...

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20424 Haystack Cove
Spicewood, TX
78669

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