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The Parent's Guide to Occupational Therapy for Autism and Other Special Needs


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Preface. 1. What is Occupational Therapy? My Child Doesn't Work!. 2. What are Core Muscles and Reflexes, and Why Are They Important to my Child's Function?. 3. Feeding and Oral-Motor (Muscles of the Mouth). 4. Handwriting and the Upper Extremity (Arm). 5. What Do You Mean, We Have More Than Five Senses?. 6. Behaviour and Transition During Daily Activities. 7. Toilet Training. 8. Social Skills and Relationships. 9. OT in School vs. OT in an Outpatient Setting/Clinic. Pocket Occupational Therapist Developmental Checklists. Resource Area. Index.

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Answering the questions most commonly asked of pediatric occupational therapists, this helpful guide gives parents an array of activities to try at home

About the Author

Cara Koscinski has been an occupational therapist for 18 years and has a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. She owns The Pocket Occupational Therapist, a company that provides in-home services and consultations to school districts. Her company also creates and produces CDs for children with auditory sensitivity, and designs awareness products. Cara lives in Charleston, South Carolina, and is a homeschooling mother to two children with autism spectrum and sensory processing disorders. Her website can be viewed at www.pocketot.com.


As an OT with over 20 years experience, I was amazed how much info is packed into this small book. It is so thorough, you would think it was a text book but it is just written concisely and is easy to read. For parents it is a great gift for those with a child just diagnosed with developmental concerns as it explains many terms used in therapy, gives suggestions on everyday activities to IEPS for school aged children. It is a great resource not just for parents but for therapists too, to help explain terms, give home suggestions and treatment planning. Thanks Cara for putting this together. -- Jeanette Runnings, founder of Yoga Yingo
This is a great introduction to pediatric occupational therapy and provides wonderful help and support to families of kids with special needs. -- Lindsey Biel, OTR/L, co-author of Raising a Sensory Smart Child
Cara continues to offer teachers, parents, and heck -- anybody who cares about ANY child's learning - consistently positive, workable, RELEVANT tips that simply make learning what it should be: WONDERFUL. Her understanding of kids whose gifts and challenges may befuddle others is utterly sincere. Meaning that every chapter is infused with authentic respect, empowering information...and a whole lot of smarts that actually work. Most of all, Cara knows what it is to be brave: to feel afraid and do it anyway. And because of that compassion, BRILLIANT kids the world over will have the chance to amaze the most important people of all: themselves. -- Jennifer O'Toole, author and founder of Asperkids

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