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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Independent Living Inc. Pediatric Therapy Hosts: Articulation, Phonology, and Motor Speech Disorders | SLP & CFY

When: Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 8:30am to 12:20pm Where: ILI Citrus Park Outpatient Clinic 6508 Gunn Hwy Tampa, FL Who Should Attend: All Speech-Language Pathologists Price: Free for all ILI SLP and CFY’s; small fee for non-ILI employed therapists Continued Education Units (CEU): 4 contact hours Presenter: Melissa P., SLP, Citrus Park Clinic She […]

December 9, 2011: ILI’s Company Holiday Social at Jackson’s Bistro

***ATTENTION ALL ILI THERAPISTS*** You definitely don’t want to miss out on this one! ILI is hosting our Holiday Social at Jackson’s Bistro, Harbour Island. Join us for a night of fun and dancing at the Island Bar on the patio for Hors D’oeuvres and the bar will be open (cash bar). Bring your spouse/dance […]

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 […]

All Children’s Hospital’s Fit4AllKids – Addressing Childhood Obesity

All Children’s Hospital has made a commitment to help address the problem of childhood obesity by creating a program called Fit4Allkids, Weight Management & Fitness for Families. A task force of pediatric physicians, dietitians, physical therapists, educators and advocates spent a year developing Fit4Allkids to help children maintain a healthy weight and body size, and […]