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KidWorks Therapy {3607 Manchaca Rd. Austin, TX 78704 |512.444.7219}

Speech & Hearing Screening Day! January 7, 2010

Filed under: KidWorks Programs,Speech Therapy — heidibug8 @ 11:50 pm

Mark your calendars! KidWorks will be hosting a Speech & Hearing Screening for children of all ages on Saturday, January 30th, from 8am-3pm.

Communication disorders are among the most common disabilities in the United States. KidWorks has embarked on a community outreach  mission, to educate the community and identify children with  speech and language disorders at an early age.  Early intervention has become an important tool in decreasing the number of children in speech therapy in the school age years.

If you or anyone you know are questioning whether or not your young child is meeting his or her speech and language developmental milestones, a screening is pertinent to your child’s future. Or, if your child is school-aged and is showing any difficulties in the following areas, a KidWorks speech-pathologist can help you decide if he or she needs help.  Here is a list of possible areas of concern:

· Following directions

· Being understood

· Answering and asking questions

· Expressing their wants and needs

· Hearing

· Frustration when communicating

· Interacting with peers

· Vocabulary

· Diet due to being a picky eater

· Eating or swallowing

· Stuttering or stammering

· School work or grades

If you are interested in a screening, call KidWorks at 444-7219 to schedule an appointment.

Screenings will take approximately15-20 minutes and cost $25 per child.

Food and drinks will be provided by Central Market.


Healthy Child December 4, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — heidibug8 @ 10:14 pm

HealthyChild.org is a great site with a variety of resources for creating a safe and happy home for your family.  Follow their 5 easy steps to creating a healthy environment:

Step 1 – Manage Pests Safely

Step 2 – Use non-toxic products for cleaners, body care, home furnishings

Step 3 – Clean up indoor air

Step 4 – Eat healthy (more organic and healthy foods)

Step 5- Be wise with plastics

Get the details on how to follow each step at HealthyChild.org or download their brochure


Feeling Overwhelmed? September 28, 2009

Filed under: General — heidibug8 @ 10:31 pm
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Parenting is a rewarding but overwhelming job. Parenting a child with special needs can feel even more overwhelming. That’s where the SpecialNeedsParentCoach comes in. This website/blog can be a great tool for parents. Parents can purchase a membership for more intensive support or take advantage of free telemseminars. The next teleseminar topics is “Planning for the Future When You Have a Child with Special Needs” – which willbe held next month on October 14.  For more info click here.

I think Joan Celebi’s Sample Morning Checklist is a great way to integrate a morning routine.  Starting off on the right foot can really impact the rest of a child’s (and your) day.  I love that the checklist only gives times for the first and last activity,  which can be helpful for those children who are anxious (“We’re going to be late for #__”) or are literal (“We can’t do that, it’s not ___ o’clock yet).



Living Life To Its Fullest. April 9, 2009

Filed under: Occupational Therapy — heidibug8 @ 8:22 am

April is OT Month! 

“Occupational therapy helps people of all ages and abilities live life to its fullest. By taking the full picture into account—a person’s psychological, physical, emotional, and social makeup—occupational therapy enables people to achieve their goals, function at the highest possible level, concentrate on what matters most to them, maintain or rebuild their independence, and participate in everyday activities that bring meaning to their lives. ”

Visit the American Occupational Therapy Association website (www.aota.org) to find out more about OT.

To find out if your child could benefit from OT, check out this helpful page on the KidWorks website (http://www.kidworkstherapy.com/WhatIsOT.htm)



Recess = Good Classroom Behavior March 22, 2009

Filed under: Articles, Books, Good Reads — heidibug8 @ 10:37 pm

Pediatrics Journal reports that 8-9 year old children who receive at least 15 minutes of daily recess had better teacher’s rating scores of classroom behavior.  The New York Times wrote an article on this topic last month.  Check out the article posted here!



Saddle Up! February 27, 2009

Filed under: Occupational Therapy — heidibug8 @ 12:20 am

Did you know using a horse in conjunction with Occupational Therapy treatment has several benefits?

Essentially, therapy horses are used to facilitate movement and sensory experiences. It can be used with a variety of different diagnoses including individuals with Autism, Aspergers, ADD, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Sensory Processing difficulties, and many other Neurological and Orthopedic conditions.

The benefits include improved posture, muscle tone, balance, coordination, attention, motor planning, sensory processing, and many times improved speech and language. In addition the child develops a respect for animals and learns to connect emotionally with the horse.

The American Hippotherapy Association states that “hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, and speech therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional outcomes.”

Four lucky clients at KidWorks were recently chosen via a lottery to participate in our upcoming horse program. We hope it will be a valuable addition to our services and hope we will have the opportunity to do more in the future. Check back for more updates!


Latella, D. & Langrod, S. (2008). Hippotherapy: An Effective Approach to Occupational Therapy Intervention. OT Practice, Vol 13(2), 16-20.



Reading Program February 17, 2009

Filed under: KidWorks Programs,Speech Therapy — heidibug8 @ 6:48 am

We are excited to announce the start of our reading program, which targets skills such as letter recognition, phonemic awareness, reading, spelling, sight words, and comprehension.  The program is taught by the wonderful Amanda Harpst, speech therapist, and is individualized for each student’s needs and grade level.

The program consists of 8 one-on-one sessions with pre- and post- testing, as well as intensive parent training and involvement for carryover.  The next reading program is anticipated to begin in mid to late June!  Call KidWorks for more info and keep an eye out on Melly’s Messages for updates.

Think reading in English is as easy as ABC? Check out the poem below!

I take it you already know
Of touch and bough and couf and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through?
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps?

Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird.
And dead; it’s said like bed, not bead;
For goodness sake, don’t call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat,
(They rhyme with suite and straight and debt).
A moth is not a moth in mother.
Nor both in bother, broth in brother.

-Anonymous, excerpted from Proust and the Squid by Maryann Wolf