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National Therapeutic Recreation Week!

Reading that this week is National Therapeutic Recreation Week, I realized that I wasn’t quite sure what “Therapeutic Recreation” was. So naturally, I decided to do a bit of research. I learned a number of fascinating things! For example, did … Continue reading

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Early Intervention – It Works!

When I read that the 2015 theme for Better Hearing and Speech Month was “Early Intervention Counts,” I thought back to Ryan as a toddler and some of the challenges he experienced. I knew that Ryan was experiencing delays in … Continue reading

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Voting in the Disability Community

Ryan and I began our day as usual. Up at 5:30 a.m. and drove over to LECOM by 6 a.m. However, we had one important addition to our morning routine — we voted! As soon as Ryan turned 18, he … Continue reading

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National Teacher Day!

The first week of May is full of moments created to celebrate and appreciate the wonderful people in our lives – teachers, nurses, therapists, paraeducators, behavior specialists and many, many support personnel. This year, National Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Pronouns and Autism

One of the challenges we faced when Ryan was about 3 years old was pronoun reversal. For example, if I handed him his toy and prompted him with, “Whose toy is this?” Rather than saying “my toy,” he would reply … Continue reading

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Have You Thanked Your OT Today?

April is Occupational Therapy Month, an opportunity for us to honor the therapists who work with our children in the school setting. Not only do therapists assist students with a variety of hands-on tasks, including handwriting, computer typing, using touch … Continue reading

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Summer Camps!

Most people think that when school ends on June 11th, we’re on vacation until the start of the next school year. Not true at the Barber National Institute! We have a number of programs that provide fun, recreational opportunities as … Continue reading

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“Stuck” Emotions

Ryan and I often talk about being “stuck.” How we define “stuck” is dwelling on a topic of conversation ad nauseum. It may be that the skiing season is over, or that he has “used up” all of his sweet … Continue reading

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Week of the Young Child

This week is the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This week was created in 1971 in order to focus the public’s attention to the early … Continue reading

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Make ‘Em Laugh!

Next week, on April 14th, celebrate International Moment of Laughter Day by making someone smile and laugh. This is a day to laugh often and laugh loudly. After all, they say laughter is the best medicine! For kids with autism, … Continue reading

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