102017Nov

Dyspraxia: Kids don’t just outgrow it

by Nicole Semall, OT student Dyspraxia is a disorder that falls under the umbrella term Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). It is a condition defined as an impaired or immaturity of the organization of fine and/or gross movement in children and adults. Individuals with this disorder have a problem with planning and executing movements to achieve…

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12017Aug

What is this 8th sense: interoception?

By Myshl Beyer, MOT, OTR/L We all know of the five basic senses: smell, taste, sound, touch, and sight. Two of the lesser known senses are movement and proprioception. There’s a new buzz in town, however, and it is interoception. It’s considered the 8th sense. Thanks to advances in brain imaging, we’re not only learning…

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122017May

How co-treatment can benefit your child

By Erin Naugle, M.A. CCC-SLP, Stefanie Peck, M.A. CCC-SLP; Jason Drusbacky, OTR/L, Deborah Finley, M.A. CCC-SLP, and Maria Kucmanic, OTR/L At The Center for LifeSkills, we see children for individual treatment sessions, but sometimes a co-treat therapy session is indicated to help maximize the child’s progress toward their therapy goals. But what does co-treatment mean?…

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42017Apr

An OT’s perspective on kindergarten readiness

By Maria Kucmanic, OTR/L Spring can be an exciting yet overwhelming time for parents of preschoolers, as this is when kindergarten registration begins for the upcoming school year. At the Center for LifeSkills, we’ve heard the concerns of many parents about the kindergarten expectations. These concerns are well justified as the kindergarten curriculum has become…

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12017Mar

Go outside and play!

by Brenda Richards, OTR/L Did you play outside when you were a kid? Where did you play? Where were the adults? Years ago, children spent most days outside from morning until dusk, and sometimes even after. They would make up games, climb trees, play cops and robbers and get dirty, often without an adult in…

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142017Feb

How a speech-language pathologist can help your child

By Rebecca Bowen, M.A. CCC-SLP When people hear “speech therapist” they often picture someone sitting at a table with a deck of flashcards drilling the correct production of “s” (think Sylvester from Looney Tunes). While this is definitely part of what we do it is only a small part of the speech-language-voice-hearing-swallowing-social skills adventure that is an…

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222017Jan

How an occupational therapist can help your child

by Jason Drusbacky, MOT, OTR/L At The Center for LifeSkills parents often ask us what an occupational therapist does – and no, it’s not helping people find jobs! Occupational therapists, also known as OTs, work with children of all ages and collaborate with their families to increase participation and independence in meaningful and purposeful activities,…

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302016Jan
Kid’s Q&A featuring Jason Drusbacky MOT, OTR/L

Kid’s Q&A featuring Jason Drusbacky MOT, OTR/L

This month’s installment of Kids Q&A features occupational therapist Jason Drusbacky MOT, OTR/L interviewed by Aiden, age 11. There are notes in parentheses for those who don’t speak sports or video game language. Aiden: Why do you like the Browns? Jason: Because I support all of the Cleveland teams. Aiden: Where do you live? Jason:…

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222015Dec
Kid’s Q&A featuring Deborah Finley M.A. CCC-SLP

Kid’s Q&A featuring Deborah Finley M.A. CCC-SLP

Welcome to this month’s installment of Kid’s Q&A where we feature speech-language pathologist Deborah Finley. She is interviewed by brothers Aaron, age 22 and Matt age 21.  Aaron: What inspired you to work at CLS? Deborah: I think I was inspired to work at The Center for LifeSkills because I felt the atmosphere was very…

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42015Nov
Kid’s Q&A featuring Margot Anthonisen M.S. OTR/L

Kid’s Q&A featuring Margot Anthonisen M.S. OTR/L

Welcome to the first installment of our new Kid’s Q&A series. This month, we feature occupational therapist Margot Anthonisen, interviewed by Nico, age 10. Nico: What do you when I’m not here? Margot: I have other children that come in and I help them develop things to make life easier for them. Nico: Do you…

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