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Feeding disorders are complex challenges that may involve an array of factors, such as food aversions associated with autism and poor coordination associated with developmental delays. Before beginning feeding therapy, ask the therapist if this type of program is appropriate for your child. A therapist may recommend it for your little one if he or she has poor nutritional intake. You should also ask the therapist if it’s safe for your youngster to feed orally. Before answering this question, the therapist will refer your child to a pediatrician to assess safety. Even if the pediatrician determines that oral feeding is unsafe for your youngster, he or she could still benefit from working on oral abilities.
Before beginning feeding therapy, you may also wish to ask the professional about his or her policies regarding parental involvement. Successful feeding therapy requires close collaboration between the family and the expert. The therapist should take the time to demonstrate feeding techniques that you can work on with your child at home.
One of the many therapy services provided at PediaPlex is feeding therapy. If your pediatrician has recommended feeding therapy for your child, we invite you to call us at (866) 993-1095 for an appointment. Our diagnostic and developmental clinic is conveniently located in the Dallas area.
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The definitions and perceptions of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have evolved greatly over the years. These days, thanks to advances in the field and clinically proven techniques, behavioral therapists and other professionals can help children with ADHD reduce challenging behaviors. Therapy services also typically include working with the child’s family to modify the home environment. Hundreds of years ago, however, ADHD was poorly understood and therapy services were essentially nonexistent.
The first known references to ADHD were observations made by Sir Alexander Crichton in 1798. This Scottish physician noted atypical restlessness and inattentiveness. He believed children with these symptoms usually “grew out of” them. Other early references come in the form of children’s picture books written by Henrich Hoffmann, a German physician, in 1844. These stories starred “Fidgety Phil” as the protagonist. As the name implies, Phil has a great deal of trouble staying calm, and his hyperactivity and inattentiveness cause minor household accidents.
The works of Sir George Frederic Still are widely considered to be the first scientific forays into the subject of ADHD. However, Still’s attempts to define ADHD were severely impeded by the scientific limitations of his time. In 1902, Still’s Goulstonian Lectures noted that hyperactive children without intellectual impairments may demonstrate so-called moral defects. During this time, it was also thought that behavior out of the norm may be attributed to brain damage.
The first known treatment for ADHD was not behavioral therapy services; rather, it was a stimulant medication. In 1937, Dr. Charles Bradley administered benezedrine to children with headaches. He accidentally discovered the stimulant helped hyperactive kids focus on their schoolwork. Subsequently, other researchers began exploring the effects of drugs on children with ADHD. The first known clinical trial for Ritalin was conducted in 1963. Today, there are a wide range of behavioral therapy services that can help youngsters overcome challenges.
The professionals at PediaPlex offer comprehensive diagnostic and developmental solutions for children and teens in the Dallas area. If you suspect your child could have ADHD, you can contact us at (866) 993-1095 to schedule a consultation. Our clinic also offers autism testing, autism counseling, and autism therapy.
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ADHD was once thought of as a disorder that affects only children. Now, it’s known that it can pose problems into adulthood. In recent years, a rising number of adults are being diagnosed with ADHD for the first time. The symptoms of ADHD can significantly interfere with their abilities to fulfill work and family obligations, and the effects of the disorder can be frustrating to cope with.
Watch this video to hear the stories of two women who were diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood. Donna and Ruth are just now getting help for their symptoms. Their stories illustrate the importance of diagnosing ADHD early in life to provide for effective treatment.
PediaPlex offers diagnostic services for a range of challenges children may face, including ADHD, autism, and much more. Parents in the Dallas area are invited to learn more about our extensive therapy services by calling (866) 993-1095.
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Youngsters often struggle with their handwriting skills. However, if you feel your child is struggling more than his or her peers, you may consider an evaluation for therapy services. Handwriting issues are sometimes associated with underlying challenges, such as developmental issues or speech and language disorders. While your youngster works with an occupational therapist or speech-language pathologist (SLP), you can also try the following at-home activities to encourage his or her progress.
Demonstrate the Proper Grip
Observe your child as he or she holds a pencil to determine if the proper grip is being used. Demonstrate the right way to grip a pencil. Let it rest lightly against the hand and grip it with the base (not the tip) of the thumb, and with the index and middle fingers. You may need to help your child move his or her fingers into the proper positions.
Select the Right Equipment
If your child is still struggling with the right grip, a change of writing tools may help. Therapists may recommend trying a rubber grip that slides onto the pencil. Some kids might find it easier to grip wider pencils. Additionally, make sure your child is practicing on lined paper. Teach your child about the proportional differences between uppercase and lowercase letters, and how to write each type within a line.
Encourage a Steady Pace
Observe your child’s pace as he or she writes. Some handwriting issues are caused by hurrying too much. Encourage your child to slow down and to try to avoid pressing down on the pencil point too hard.
Do Fun Activities
Therapists recommend trying fun activities to encourage your child to practice his or her handwriting skills. For example, your child might enjoy playing hangman or word puzzles. The two of you might also exchange secret messages. Write down a note for your child and leave it in a hidden place. After your child finds it, he or she can write down a reply and leave it in a special place for you to find.
The multidisciplinary team at PediaPlex includes speech-language pathologists, who can work with your child to improve critical communication skills. Call our location in the Dallas area at (866) 993-1095 if you have any questions. Ask us about our autism testing, pediatric autism therapy, and autism counseling services.
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Though substantial progress has been made in identifying and treating learning disabilities, many parents and educators still lack knowledge about the signs and causes of learning disabilities. This jeopardizes children’s access to early intervention and places them at an increased risk of late diagnosis.
Learning disabilities are neurological disorders that impact the brain’s ability to receive and process information. Since they cannot be cured or “outgrown,” it is critical for proper intervention and accommodations to be implemented in order to assist children in realizing their full academic potential and to promote a lifelong love of learning. Developing an awareness of how your child learns and processes information, and observing any differences or difficulties your child experiences, can allow for early detection of learning disabilities.
If you live in the Dallas area and are interested in learning more about the diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities, contact PediaPlex at (866) 993-1095. Our all-inclusive therapeutic and diagnostic clinic also offers autism treatment, social skills training, counseling, and occupational therapy. Visit our website to learn more about our comprehensive services and caring, qualified staff.