As he built a road for his toy cars, 4-year-old Wesley Radebaugh had not one but two friendly playmates by his side. The playmates were occupational therapist Lindsay Ripple and speech therapist Emily Waler, who find working together with Wesley to be a more natural and effective way to help him develop his skills. Wesley’s […]
Putting on and taking off your socks and shoes. That’s something most of us do every day without much effort or thought. But some children need help with such “skills of everyday living” and that’s where an occupational therapist becomes a valuable member of the care team. “Occupational therapists help children improve skills that […]
Just as “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down,” occupational therapist Katie Clark believes “all things Disney” makes therapy sessions all the more happy and productive. On a recent morning, Katie was spotted with Olivia Pfahler playing the Disney HedBanz board game during the soon-to-be-9-year-old’s therapy session to stretch and strengthen her leg […]
For kids with significant developmental delays, such as 4-year-old Jocelyn, the process of getting school ready is much more involved than gathering the necessary supplies and selecting the perfect backpack. To help Jocelyn and other children with severe speech and language problems, a speech pathologist and occupational therapist at Akron Children’s Hospital developed a summer pilot group to help pre-K kids with augmentative communication devices get ready for school.
Akron Children’s Rehabilitation Program gave my son his life back. I know it seems cliché, but Luke wouldn’t be here, in the amazing capacity that he is, if we hadn’t lived day in and day out there for the six months that we did.
It seems like forever since I have taken pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, as the case may be. It’s not because I didn’t think about blogging, it’s not because I haven’t wanted to blog, it’s not because I haven’t had anything to blog about. Quite on the contrary. It’s because, the 2 main subjects of this blog, Jane and Jude, have been sucking every hour out of every day and every minute of every hour with all things, good, tough, new, old, fun, challenging, happy, frightening and ultimately fulfilling.