Early Therapy for Autism Can Make A Difference

Experts are learning that early diagnosis and therapy in children with autism can have a significant effect on the outcome. Read the CNN article on “Early therapy can change brains of kids with autism.” What are some of the signs of autism? Children with autism generally have problems in three crucial areas of development — […]

The Importance of Tummy Time

Start Early to Prevent Delays Babies should always be placed to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS, but from day one it is just as important to give them plenty of opportunities to play on their tummy when they are awake. Babies who do not get enough tummy time risk having […]

Toe Walkers | Children Walking On Toes Beware!

Children walking on toes walk on their toes for various different reasons. Some parents look at toe-walking as a benefit to the future ballerina and other parents become very concerned when their child is constantly tiptoeing around. Frequently, toe-walking is completely benign; indicating nothing more than the child has a tendency to walk on their […]

It’s More Than Just Painting!

Ever wonder what other AWESOME things you could do with Blue Painter’s Tape? Many Independent Living Inc. pediatric therapists use this great stuff during therapy sessions. The bright color, easy clean up, straight lines and its cheap cost make painter’s tape a fan favorite. We have gathered some helpful tips and great ways to use […]

Children With Special Needs Awareness

Evelyn Mann is a special needs mom living with her husband in Tampa, Florida. They are raising their six year old son who was born with a rare form of dwarfism called Thanatophoric Dwarfism. You can follow their journey on their website. “Did you see my son hit that baseball out of the park!” the […]

How To Teach Your Child Colors!

It’s dress alike day at the Citrus Park Clinic! A group of ILI therapists and office staff all dressed in gray and black today! This is a great way to teach your children colors. Pick a color for the week and bombard your child with all things “blue” for the week. A “blue” cup, shirt, […]

Feeding Therapy: It’s Not Just About Swallowing

Course Description: This interactive workshop not only addresses the foundations for eating – the core knowledge of pediatric feeding therapy – but addresses carry-over to the home and school environments as a crucial component to long term success. Learn how to create a supportive atmosphere for eating through optimal positioning, respecting the child’s sensory system […]

What is Stuttering? What causes Stuttering? How to treat Stuttering.

Understanding Stuttering What is stuttering? Stuttering is more than just stuttering. It arises due to an interaction among several factors that are affected by both the child’s genes and their environment: Language Skills for formulating messages (planning) Motor Skills for producing rapid and precise speech (producing) Temperament for reacting to disruptions in speech (reacting & […]

November 5-6. 2011: Cued Speech Initiative @ USF

The Cued Speech Initiative @ Cued Speech Explained… The National Cued Speech Association defines Cued Speech as a visual communication system that uses eight handshapes in four different placements near the face in combination with the mouth movements of speech to make the sounds of spoken language look different from each other. Cued Speech chart. […]

ILI’s October 2011 Featured Educational Book: Five Little Pumpkins!

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate. The first one said, “Oh, my it’s getting late!” The second one said, “There are witches in the air.” The third one said, “But we don’t care!” The fourth one said, “Let’s run, and run and run!” The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun.” Ooooooooooo went […]