Handwriting Assessments in Occupational Therapy 

Handwriting is an incredibly complex skill. Many times, the difficulties might get overlooked. Here is a list of what an occupational therapist might observe or assess during a routine handwriting assessment: Depending on your child’s specific needs including motivation level, age, current handwriting level, and ability to complete certain functional tasks, a therapist may observe […]

Is AAC Right For My Child? 

Written By: Alia Shoemaker, MS, CCC-SLP  What Is AAC?  Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) refers to any way a person can communicate apart from vocal speech. This might include:  Unaided AAC  Aided AAC  When your child’s SLP refers to AAC, they are most likely referring to Aided AAC.  Who Can Benefit from AAC?  All people […]

Finding Balance: Navigating the Demands of Parenting and Self-Care

Written By: Larry “Odele” Prentice MS, LPC, NCC, CCTP, CYMHC, Mental Health Clinical Supervisor-Birmingham, Chelsea, & Huntsville The Importance of Self-Care When I was training to become a mental health therapist, my instructors and supervisor always emphasized the concept of self-care. The idea is that self-care enables therapists to maintain an optimal level of functioning […]

Language Processing

Written by Anna Woodfin, Speech-Language Pathologist Did you know that there are different types of language development? As an SLP working with younger children who are not talking or talking very little, this is something that I regularly think through about my clients. One type of language development or processing is called “Analytic Language Processing.” […]

The Power of Choice for Our Children

The Power of Choice

Most caregivers would tell you that their biggest goal is to raise happy and healthy children. Simple, right? In a world often filled with uncertainty and instability, this can sometimes feel like a feat within itself. As adults, we often face our own struggles and find it difficult to be happy and healthy so how on earth are we supposed to help our children feel something that at times feels unattainable for ourselves?! The […]

Helpful Food Tips for “Picky Eaters”

Written by: Chandon Hines, M.S.OTR/L Did you know that there are at least 32 steps to eating?! That makes feeding and eating THE MOST complex action that humans perform on a daily basis. It involves all 8 of our sensory systems (taste, smell, touch, hearing, sight, proprioception, vestibular, and interoception) as well as each of […]


sensory bag

Make Your Own Sensory Bag Ellisa Baker, OTR/L Looking for some sensory suggestions “On the GO” this summer? Ms. Ellisa put together some great suggestions so you can make your own On the Go Sensory Bag, to meet a variety of sensory needs!

New CDC Milestones as Seen from a Speech Therapist’s Perspective


With the recent release of the CDC’s new developmental milestones, there has been a lot of buzz about how to interpret and use these new recommendations. As parents and practitioners, our ultimate goal is to do what is best for our children, but sometimes it is hard to know exactly what that is when information […]