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The Handouts section contains educational content, in printer friendly PDF format, on a wide variety of topics of interest to our community. If you're looking for content on a specific topic and don't find it here, please contact us.
 
WATCH: Introduction to Music TherapyDate: 03/23/2012
 
Ms. Sarah Klein, MT-BC from Abilitations Children's Therapy & Wellness Center gives a presentation on Music Therapy. Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapists assess clients' emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses

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WATCH - Working with Difficult FamiliesDate:
 

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WATCH - Understanding Sensory Processing, Part IIIDate: 05/20/2011
 
Dawn Solomon, OTR/L from Shining Stars Pediatric Therapy discusses strategies to use when working with children suffering from SPD. Specific activities are discussed to illustrate affects on the sensory system.

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WATCH - Dealing with Behavioral Issues in ChildrenDate: 07/08/2011
 
Dr. Kristen Wynns from Wynns Family Psychology presents a workshop on dealing with behavior issues in children. She discusses how to handle behavior issues in typical children & children with special needs for parents and providers. She introduces her five steps to taking back control with children

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Taking Play SeriouslyDate: 02/17/2008
 
This article, from the New York Times, and recommended by Betty Rintoul, during her WATCH videconference session "Bridging the Social Synapse" highlights the importance of play in a young child's development.

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Sign Language - The More We Get Together - Song and Sign SheetDate: 02/25/2011
 

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Sign Language - Reminders from Sign Language for Budding Babies IDate: 02/25/2011
 
How, when and why using sign language is beneficial when working with young children

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Sign Language - Monkeys in a Tree - Song and Sign SheetDate: 02/25/2011
 

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Sign Language - How Signing Helps Children with Speech and Language DisordersDate: 02/25/2011
 
How to use signing in speech and language therapy

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Sign Language - Five Little Ducks Song Sign SheetDate: 02/25/2011
 

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Sign Language - Basic SignsDate: 02/25/2011
 
Illustrated basic signs for home settings

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Sign Language - Alphabet SongDate: 02/25/2011
 
Alphapet Song Sign Sheet - illustrated

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RecreationDate: 04/01/2003
 
This handout describes the benefits of participation in community recreation activities and lists resources to help you get started.

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Providing Therapy in Natural EnvironmentsDate: 07/22/2011
 
Topics addressed with include a description of "Natural Environments" per Part C of the IDEA, how to include siblings or peers in the session, and how to be a facilitator in development & collaboration with parents or caregivers.

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Part I - Understanding Sensory Processing DisordersDate: 03/18/2011
 
A description of different types of Sensory Processing Disorders and how they affect the auditory, visual, tactile, vestibular and Oral senses.

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Old Fashioned Play Builds Serious SkillsDate: 02/21/2008
 
Originally featured on National Public Radio, and recommended by Betty Rintoul during her WATCH videoconference entitled "Briding the Social Synapse", this artcile highlights the importance of play in building cognitive skills, self-regulations skills, and imagination.

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Music Therapy and Young ChildrenDate: 03/23/2012
 
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapists assess clients' emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses.

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Music Therapy PresentationDate: 03/23/2012
 
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapists assess clients' emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses.

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Let's Get MovingDate: 10/25/2009
 
This handout provides ideas for encouraging physical activities for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Learning to Talk - Checklist to Track ProgressDate: 10/15/2011
 
Animal sounds, exclamations, vehicle sounds and other sound effects, as well as an expressive vocabulary checklist and visual/tactile hand signal cues for simple consonants

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Learning To Talk Checklist, Expressive Vocabulary Checklist, Visual/Tactile Hand Signal CuesDate: 10/15/2010
 
Learning to Talk checklist including animal sounds, exclamations, vehicle sounds, expressive vocabulary checklist and visual/tactile hand signal cues

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Hands-On Adapting Toys Session- Power Point PresentationDate: 03/27/2007
 
This power point presentation uses pictures from a hands on session facilitated by Diane Scoggins, of Hilltop Home, to provide a brief overview of how to adapt a battery operated press toy into a swich activated toy. For more complete directions search for Diane's handout entitled "Adapting Push/Press Buttons Toys".

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Fun Therapeutic Ideas for the EI ProviderDate: 10/15/2010
 
Activity ideas for parents and providers when working with youngsters on gross motor skills

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Fun Therapeutic Activities For The EI ProviderDate: 10/15/2010
 
Movement, music, toys, treats and activities which aid in strengthening, balance and improving gross motor skills

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Childhood Apraxia of Speech Date: 11/19/2011
 
A description of, and guide to Childhood Apraxia and treatments of.

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Ballerinas on the Move at PTADate: 08/07/2007
 
Pediatric Therapy Associates held several ballet classes for children with special needs over the course of the summer. The classes were grouped according to children's abilities. Each class had at least 4 children and more than enough volunteer support staff from PTA to provide individual attention to each child while the dance teacher led the group through a variety of creative movement activities. There was joy and delight on both the faces of the children and the parents. The classes culminated with a recital on July 27th. What a validating and heart warming experience for everyone involved! To see more pictures of the classes click the link below.

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Adapting Toys: A Troubleshooting GuideDate: 03/20/2007
 
Having problems adapting battery operated toys into ones that can be used with a switch? This handout address several issues which may lead to problems and gives simple solutions.

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Adapting Battery Operated Toys: An OverviewDate: 03/26/2007
 
This handouts provides an overview of how to adapt a battery operated toy to one that can be used with a switch.

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Adapting "Push/Press" Buttons on Animated ToysDate: 02/20/2007
 
This handout details the steps involved in adapting a battery operated toy (such as "Tickle Me Elmo") into one that is activated by a switch.

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Adapted Play for Children with Special NeedsDate: 06/01/2002
 
Play is the primary occupation of children. However, some children may need assistance to participate more fully in play due to physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities. Adapting play tasks or play materials by customizing them to match the child's abilities promotes the child’s optimal level of participation in play.

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