How to Lock your Toddler’s Ipad using Guided Access!

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Matthew Keisler weight bearing in his stander while enjoying his ipad!

Matthew Keisler weight bearing in his stander while enjoying his ipad!

Let’s face it! While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no child under two should be using any devices or viewing screens of any kind, they are! As parents we use phones, iPads and televisions to occupy these little ones daily. Children as young as two can navigate an iPhone to pull up a parents photos and scan through them like a pro! However as quickly as they learn to navigate our devices, they learn to touch the home button and exit out of apps. If this is a problem for you, follow these easy steps below to use guided access on your I devices.

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Teenage Boy with Autism Discovers the YMCA 5K is Fun!

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Last year Sprout Pediatrics started something new…well we started three something news! Pardon the grammar, but we are thrilled to share what last years Pumpkin Run birthed! First of all it was our first time partnering with the Northwest Family YMCA to sponsor a race.  It was fun to encourage folks to be part of our team and be active.  Our desire is to see everyone being active and ultimately healthy!  Second, it was the launch of being #Sproutfit.  Our hash tag was introduced and we intended to use it to highlight Adaptive fitness in and around the Midlands.  While we did that, something bigger is happening! We realized that being #Sproutfit is about being healthy physically, mentally, socially and emotionally.  Our organization wants encourage all aspects of healthy living so #Sproutfit is much broader than we originally intended!

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Sensory Processing Disorder? Top 7 Toys You Must have!

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If you have a little one with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or sensory needs, you may be curious to know what items are most recommended by Occupational Therapist’s who create sensory diets for children who need sensory input.  For an extensive website on everything sensory, please check out the Sensory Processing Disorder Website.  As we have worked for many years with a variety of clients who have varying degrees of sensory needs, we have found these to be the most effective.  Below are 7 of our favorite items that are economical and user friendly to most families.

A swing which is easily assembled and installed in a home door frame is an easy way to calm a child who is out of sorts.

1.  LaSiesta Joki Crows Nest Soft Hammock Fabric Swing

An easy back and forth motion will have a calming affect on many children.

An easy back and forth motion will have a calming affect on many children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may also enjoy reading a book byAngie Voss, OTR entitled Understanding your Child’s Sensory Signals: APractical Daily Use Guide for Parents and Teachers.  

2.  An Indoor Trampoline

Up and Down movements are very soothing for a child with sensory needs.

Up and Down movements are very soothing for a child with sensory needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As your child ages, you may find a full size outdoor trampoline is more conducive to their size and weight.

3.  A Sit and Spin

If they enjoy things that spin, car wheels or fans, they will enjoy this too!

If they enjoy things that spin, car wheels or fans, they will enjoy this too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  A Sensory Seat

For when they have the wiggles, this tends to calm them.

For when they have the wiggles, this tends to calm them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  A Sensory Brush for use with the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol

Brushing helps reduce tactile defensiveness, but there is a specific method.  Please consult an OT before using for maximum benefit.

Brushing helps reduce tactile defensiveness, but there is a specific method. Please consult an OT before using for maximum benefit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  The Ark Grabber

For chewing, grinding and a fidget toy!

For chewing, grinding and a fidget toy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the most vigorous of chewers, ARK offers the XXT (extra, extra tough) blue grabber!

7.  Green Horse Hopper

For vestibular input and an up and down movement this toy is perfect.  Deep squeezes are helpful too!

For vestibular input and an up and down movement this toy is perfect. Deep squeezes are helpful too!