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  • 07/15/2024 0 Comments
    Nonverbal Communication While Wearing Face Coverings

    In the age of health vigilance, face coverings have become an integral part of our daily attire, but they pose unique challenges to the ways we non-verbally convey emotions and intentions without saying a word. South Shore Therapies understands the importance of teaching how to adapt to these challenges and foster strong communication skills in children.

     

     

    The Importance of Nonverbal Communication

    Nonverbal communication, often underestimated, plays a pivotal role in how we connect with others. It goes beyond words, fortifying our spoken language and conveying a myriad of emotions. From the subtle twitch of an eyebrow to the warm embrace of a hug, nonverbal cues help us interpret the unspoken messages that lie beneath the surface. It is the silent yet profound dialogue we engage in, allowing us to truly understand and connect with one another on a deeper level.

     

    Types of Nonverbal Communication

    Nonverbal cues encompass a wide range of gestures, facial expressions, posture, and eye contact. These subtle cues are incredibly powerful, accounting for an astonishing 55% of all daily communication. However, with face coverings becoming ubiquitous in today's world, our reliance on nonverbal cues has shifted. As a result, we find ourselves depending more heavily on what can be seen outside the mask--primarily, our they ways in which we communicate with our eyes and our body. Our eyes, play a significant role in conveying emotions and intentions. Similarly, our body language has become a crucial tool for expressing ourselves and understanding others. As we navigate this new normal, the importance of mastering and interpreting these visible nonverbal cues cannot be overstated.

    Ways to Improve Communication When Wearing Masks

    To overcome the social and language barriers that mask wearing can present, we can concentrate on being intentional with the facial and body features that are still visible.  One of the most crucial body parts to consider is our eyes. With our eyes being the only main facial feature visible while masking, maintaining eye contact or showing active listening with our eyes is important. It not only helps maintain a connection with others but also demonstrates attentiveness and interest in the conversation.

    Additionally, expressive body language can play a vital role in compensating for the lack of visible facial signals. The use of gestures can help convey emotions and intentions, making up for the hidden smiles or other facial expressions that would typically be observed. By utilizing expressive body language, we can make sure that our messages are not lost or misinterpreted, fostering effective communication even behind the mask.

    These adjustments not only help us overcome the limitations of wearing masks but also guarantee that our relationships continue to thrive. Despite the physical barrier, we can still maintain strong connections and convey our thoughts and emotions effectively.

    Masks and Speech-Language Development in Children

    For children, whose language development are highly influenced by visual and auditory input, wearing masks can potentially obscure critical linguistic cues, which may raise concerns among parents and educators regarding communication development. However, by being intentional with our nonverbal cues, such as facial expressions and gestures, and providing additional verbal context, we can effectively bridge this gap and support optimal communication support for our little ones. This proactive approach helps to mitigate any potential impact on their language and social development, prompting a nurturing environment for their growth and learning.

    Five Tips for Communicating Around Your Mask

    1. Use Gestures More Often: When you complement your words with expressive hand movements, it helps to visually convey your point and engage your audience. Gestures can add emphasis, clarity, and even create a memorable impact.

     

    2. Emphasize Vocal Inflections: Your tone of voice is a powerful tool to convey emotions and enhance your message. By varying your vocal inflections, you can effectively communicate different sentiments. The lilt of your voice can communicate happiness, while a steady tone can convey seriousness and authority.


    3. Improve Your Articulation: When communicating without the visibility of your mouth and lips, it becomes even more important to speak slowly and clearly. By enunciating your words carefully, your message is understood and interpreted accurately by the listener.

     

    4. Practice Active Listening: Active listening is an important skill in effective communication. Demonstrate your engagement by nodding, maintaining eye contact, and using vocal affirmations such as "mm-hmm" and "I understand." These cues reassure the speaker that you are actively involved in the conversation.


    5. Patience is Key: It's important to remember that adapting to a new way of interaction takes time and patience from both parties involved. Communication is a two-way street and understanding each other's cues and nuances may take time. By exercising patience and empathy, we can improve our communication and relationships.

    By integrating such methods into our daily exchanges, we better our chances of understanding each other, even when wearing a mask.

    Enlist the Help of South Shore Therapies Today

    At South Shore Therapies, we understand that adapting to these changes, especially for children, can be challenging. But with nurturing guidance and the right strategies, we can make it another milestone in effective communication.

     

    Let's continue to support one another as we navigate a post-pandemic world. At every step, South Shore Therapies is here to provide the empathetic, expert assistance required to support clear and effective communication for future generations.

     

    We invite you to reach out for support and more personalized intervention tailored to your child’s individual needs. Visit us online or call us at 781-335-6663 for any inquiries or to set up an intake call. Together, we can cultivate communication and connection for all ages.

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  • 06/01/2024 0 Comments
    AAC Treatment Plans in Hingham, Pembroke and Norwood, MAv

    Learn More About Augmentative Alternative Communication
     

    Does your child struggle with communication? Perhaps you can tell they're trying to get a message across, but they're clearly frustrated with their lack of effective communication. At South Shore Therapies, we're dedicated to helping children just like yours. We provide premier augmentative alternative communication therapies in order to better your child's ability to express themselves. Our services are available to Hingham, Pembroke and Norwood, MA residents and those living in the surrounding communities. Your child doesn't have to struggle with communication breakdowns—our team would be glad to help find a suitable treatment plan.

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  • 06/01/2024 0 Comments
    Handwriting Skill Development in Hingham, Pembroke and Norwood, MA

    We Offer Fine Motor & Handwriting Skill Development for Kids

    Children must first master fine motor skill development and the fundamentals of handwriting before they’re ready for written communication. For some children, this can be a struggle. As a handwriting skills and occupational therapy specialist in Hingham, MA, South Shore Therapies Inc. offers a solution. Occupational therapy helps kids target the muscles and ligaments responsible for writing and gripping writing tools while also teaching them how to control the pressure, spacing, size, and direction of their written work. If you believe your child could benefit from fine motor and handwriting skill development help, don’t hesitate to reach out and schedule a consultation with our caring, experienced staff. We utilize a multi-sensory approach and fun activities to make learning handwriting skills seem less tedious.

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  • 06/01/2024 0 Comments
    Sensory Integration Therapy in Hingham, Pembroke & Norwood, MA

    South Shore Therapies provides sensory integration therapy utilizing the principles of development, neuroscience, and therapeutic activities to help children in Southern Massachusetts achieve independence and fulfillment.

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  • 06/01/2024 0 Comments
    Speech Therapy for Stuttering in Southern Massachusetts

    Stuttering can make it hard for your child to communicate, interact with peers, and participate in school. Stuttering can also affect a child’s emotional and social development and increase their risk of anxiety, fear, depression, isolation, and antisocial behavior. At South Shore Therapies, we offer individualized services for stuttering in Hingham, Norwood, and Pembroke, MA. 

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  • 06/14/2021 - Jessica Szklut. Hi, I am an occupational therapist at South Shore Therapies. I specialize in pediatirc brain injury and stroke, but love working with all families to help kids reach their optimal potential. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    What Is Visual Processing And How Does It Impact Learning?

    Vision is a complicated process - it is much more than just how well we see. Vision is a combination of visual acuity (eyesight), how our eyes function (tracking, eye teaming), and visual processing. This article will focus on the components of - and importance of - visual processing (visual perception) in learning. 

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  • 05/24/2021 - Allison Minsky. Hi, I am a Speech-Language Pathologist at South Shore Therapies. I am passionate about planning and delivering creative, individualized treatment designed to meet the unique needs of each of my clients. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech?

    May is Apraxia Awareness Month. Check out this article to learn more about childhood apraxia of speech.

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  • 05/17/2021 - Jessica Szklut. Hi, I am an occupational therapist at South Shore Therapies. I specialize in pediatirc brain injury and stroke, but love working with all families to help kids reach their optimal potential. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    Kids Have Strokes Too: What is Pediatric Stroke?

    Did you know that strokes can happen at any age? That means kids can have strokes too! Check out this article to learn more about pediatric stroke.

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  • 04/12/2021 - Ashleigh Moore. Hi, I am a Speech-Language Pathologist at South Shore Therapies. I am passionate about planning and delivering creative, individualized treatment designed to meet the unique needs of each of my clients. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    How Friend Files Can Teach Building Friendships and Sparking Conversations

    Check out this article to learn how Friend Files can support the skill development need to build peer-to-peer relationships.

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  • 04/05/2021 - Allison Minsky. Hi, I am a Speech-Language Pathologist at South Shore Therapies. I am passionate about planning and delivering creative, individualized treatment designed to meet the unique needs of each of my clients. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    Why Letting Your Child Lead is Important in Language Development

    Patience is virtue. When you let your child lead, they’ll want to communicate with you even more. Check out this article to learn why the OWL approach helps your children develop the language they need to reach their optimum potential.

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  • 03/22/2021 - Allie Kimmelman. Hi, I am an occupational therapist at South Shore Therapies. I love working with children through a family-centered care approach. It is a passion of mine to help families problem solve life’s daily challenges, big and small. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com. 0 Comments
    Sensory Strategies To Help With Grooming Activities With Your Children

    Knowing that many activities of daily living can be extremely taxing, and even overwhelming for our kids allows us to prepare and proactively implement strategies to promote a more successful experience for everyone involved. Click here for a list of strategies and resources to help improve hair and nail clipping experience with you kids.

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  • 03/08/2021 - Allison Minsky. Hi, I am a Speech-Language Pathologist at South Shore Therapies. I am passionate about planning and delivering creative, individualized treatment designed to meet the unique needs of each of my clients. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    Executive Functioning in Kids, Here’s How We Can Help (From Your Speech Therapist)

    Executive functioning is a set of mental skills that our kids use every day to actively engage in daily life skills, learn and play. Executive functioning is responsible for your child’s ability to sustain attention, organize and plan, initiate and complete, problem solve and regulate emotions. There are many different ways to address breakdowns in the area of executive functioning. Your therapy team works together to address ‘the whole child’ so they can perform at their best. Check out some ways in which speech therapy can focus on improving your child’s executive functioning skills. 

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  • 03/08/2021 - Jessica Szklut. Hi, I am an occupational therapist at South Shore Therapies. I specialize in pediatirc brain injury and stroke, but love working with all families to help kids reach their optimal potential. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    Executive Functioning in Kids: Here’s How We Can Help (From Your Occupational Therapist)

    Executive function is a set of mental skills that our kids use every day to actively engage in daily like skills, learn, and play. Executive function is responsible for your child’s ability to sustain attention, organize and plan, initiate and complete, problem solve, and regulate emotions. There are many different ways to address breakdowns with executive functioning skills. Your therapy team works together to address ‘the whole child’ so they can perform at their best. Check out some ways in which occupational therapy can focus on improving your child’s executive functioning skills. 

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  • 02/22/2021 - Jessica Szklut. Hi, I am an occupational therapist at South Shore Therapies. I specialize in pediatric brain injury and stroke, but love working with all families to help kids reach their optimal potential. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    How To Practice Cultural Humility With Your Kids

    Cultural Humility is defined as a way or incorporating multiculturalism through flexibility and awareness of bias. It is a lifelong, learning-oriented approach to working with diversity; and a recognition of the role of power in health care interactions. As we enter the last week of black history month, we wanted to highlight the importance of yrarlong and life long learning as it relates to race and cultural. This article aims to provide ways in which you and your child can engage in, and practice, cultural humility.

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  • 02/01/2021 - Jessica Szklut. Hi, I am an occupational therapist at South Shore Therapies. I love working with families to help kids reach their optimal potential. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    Handwriting For Kids

    Handwriting for Kids in Hingham, Pembroke, & Norwood, MA

    Build Confidence and Skill with Handwriting Practice for Kids

    South Shore Therapies specializes in handwriting for kids in our Hingham, Pembroke, and Norwood, MA locations. The importance of handwriting for kids is often overlooked, but it is a fundamental part of your child’s academic, mental, personal, and even physical growth. We’re here to help your child master the skill with practical strategies, techniques, and therapies. Our goal is to give you and your child the tools and tips for improving your kids' handwriting so your child feels confident and able at home, in school, and everywhere else.

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  • 01/25/2021 - Amanda Young. Hi, I am an occupational therapist at South Shore Therapies. I am passionate about supporting children’s differences and highlighting their strengths, in addition to helping their caregivers reframe their thinking about their child’s challenges. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    Why It Is So Important For Parents to Validate Their Children

    Emotional validation is defined as the process of learning about, understanding, and accepting another person’s emotions. Validation helps us connect with others, including our children, in addition to promoting self-confidence, emotional intelligence, and growth. This blog post will help you understand what validation is, why it’s important, and how you can incorporate it into your everyday parenting.

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  • 12/13/2020 - Kathleen Austin. Hi, I am an Occupational Therapy Supervisor at South Shore Therapies. I specialize in working/supporting children with sensory and/or behavioral challenges. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    How to Predict and Prepare for Your Child's Next Meltdown

    As we navigate through a global pandemic and the multitude of changes that brings about, now more than ever our children are expected to adapt and “go-with-the flow”, but that isn't always the reality. As caregivers, it is our role to identify when and why these behaviors occur. Read more to learn about common triggers and how you can start to predict the when and why behind your child’s meltdowns.

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  • 12/13/2020 - Kathleen Austin. Hi, I am an Occupational Therapy Supervisor at South Shore Therapies. I specialize in working/supporting children with sensory and/or behavioral challenges. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    Tips and Tricks to Help Manage Your Child’s Behavior and Avoid Meltdowns

    Now that we have learned some of the common triggers for behavior and donned our detective hats, it’s time to investigate some tips and tricks to help manage those behaviors. Check out this article for some helpful hints during those difficult moments. 

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  • 12/13/2020 - Jessica Szklut. Hi, I am an occupational therapist at South Shore Therapies. I specialize in pediatirc brain injury and stroke, but love working with all families to help kids reach their optimal potential. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    Embracing The Growth Mindset With Your Child

    A growth mindset is a view that ones abilities and talents are something that grows through practice. A mindset that embraces challenges, supports hard work, and encourages problem solving and learning through exploration (and occasionally failure). Providing an environment that views failures and mistakes as learning opportunities allows our kids to explore fearlessly, learn who they are and become the best version of themselves. This article provides a variety of ways you can promote the growth mindset with your children. 

     

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  • 12/13/2020 - Allison Minsky. Hi, I am a Speech-Language Pathologist at South Shore Therapies. I am passionate about planning and delivering creative, individualized treatment designed to meet the unique needs of each of my clients. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    Conversation Skills During the Holiday Season

    Conversations are the foundation for building friendships and relationships and are the key to social success. Here are a few social communication strategies to teach your kids how to start and maintain their their holiday conversations. 

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  • 12/12/2020 - Allison Minsky. Hi, I am a Speech-Language Pathologist at South Shore Therapies. I am passionate about planning and delivering creative, individualized treatment designed to meet the unique needs of each of my clients. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    What are Phonological Processes?

    Phonological processes are natural patterns in children's speech development. Understanding these patterns can help parents understand their child’s speech as they develop. Monitoring these patterns and seeking advice when needed can support a child's speech development journey. In this post, we'll delve into the world of phonological processes, exploring what they are, the types that exist, and how therapy at South Shore Therapies can help guide children along the path to improved speech intelligibility. 

     

     

     

    Phonological processes are natural patterns through which young children simplify the sounds in words as part of their speech development. These adjustments make it easier for them to communicate until they're capable of producing clearer speech. A common example includes simplifying the word “stop” to “top” by omitting the initial “s” sound. Over time, as children's linguistic skills advance, these phonological processes should naturally disappear.

    Recognizing and understanding these phonological patterns can help parents and caregivers comprehend their child's speech development trajectory and anticipate the improvements in clarity and confidence in communication as the child grows. Below, we outline some prevalent phonological processes, segmented into three primary categories: syllable structure changes, substitutions, and assimilations, alongside the typical ages by which elimination is expected.

     

    Syllable Structure Changes

    • Cluster Reduction: Simplifying a consonant cluster to a single sound (e.g., “poon” for “spoon”). Resolves around age 4 (without /S/) and age 5 (with /S/).
    • Final Consonant Deletion: Omitting the final consonant in words (e.g., “cu” for “cup”). Typically resolves by age 3.
    • Initial Consonant Deletion: Uncommon and may indicate a delay if the initial consonant is omitted (e.g., “up” for “cup”). Consultation is recommended.
    • Weak Syllable Deletion: Omitting an unstressed syllable within a word (e.g., “nana” for “banana”). Resolves by age 4.

    Substitution

    • Backing and Fronting: Replacing sounds based on their production location in the mouth. Backing is uncommon and may require therapy. Fronting resolves by age 3.5.
    • Gliding: Replacing liquids (l, r) with glide sounds (w, y). This resolves by age 6.
    • Stopping: Replacing fricatives or affricates with stop sounds. Resolution ages vary by sound, generally between ages 3 and 5.

    Assimilation

    • Changes in sound production to make them more similar to other sounds within the word (e.g., “bub” for “bus”). Assimilation processes typically conclude by age 3.

    By keeping informed about these patterns and consulting with a speech-language pathologist when these patterns persist passed the age of natural suppression, caregivers can better support their child’s speech development journey.

    What is a Phonological Disorder?

    When the use of a phonology speech sound persists beyond the age-appropriate time, it may indicate a phonological disorder—a type of speech sound disorder.

    When Should I See a Speech Pathologist?

    If your child is showing any of the following phonological disorders—predictable rule-based errors, (e.g., fronting, stopping, and final consonant deletion) that affect more than one sound—a visit to a speech-language pathologist (SLP) is recommended. Early intervention can be critical in addressing phonological disorders and supporting clear communication.

    Treatment for Phonological Disorders

    A speech and language pathologist is trained to identify and treat phonological disorder with your children. At South Shore Therapies we emphasize individualized approaches to address your child's unique needs and help them reach their optimal potential.

    Involving the Family

    Incorporating family members into the therapy process is an important pillar for progress. At South Shore Therapies, we emphasize the importance of family training and home carry over to support skill acquisition. This may involve practicing exercises or activities provided by your therapist at home, which reinforces the therapeutic efforts and can accelerate progress.

    Cutting-Edge Tools

    South Shore Therapies employs evidenced based practices and resources to make the therapy process engaging and effective. With a variety of tools, games and activities, your child's time in speech therapy will be positive, playful productive, and fun.

    Reach Out to South Shore Therapies Today

    Phonological processes are a natural aspect of speech development in children. Understanding these intricate paths and processes are fundamental to determine presence of disorder. Understanding these intricate paths to clear speech is vital for parents and caregivers. Recognizing the signs of a phonological disorder can lead to early intervention and improved outcomes.

    South Shore Therapies offers expertise, compassion, and dedication to children with phonological processing disorders. If you have concerns about your child's speech development, don't hesitate to reach out. Your proactive step today can pave the way for your child's confident communication tomorrow.

    If you're in the Hingham, Pembroke, or Norwood areas of Massachusetts, call 781-335-6663 to schedule an intake call to learn how South Shore Therapies can help. Together, we can unlock the potential for clear and effective communication in your child, making sure their voice is heard accurately and with confidence. Visit the South Shore Therapies website for more information on our services and how we can support your child's speech journey.

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  • 12/12/2020 - Jessica Szklut. Hi, I am an occupational therapist at South Shore Therapies. I love working with families to help kids reach their optimal potential. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    What are Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)?

    For children, the world is a vast classroom where every small task presents an opportunity for learning and growth. Unlike adults, who move through their daily routines with ease, children must actively learn and master the basics—tasks that can often be challenging and overwhelming. This struggle can lead to reluctance in trying new things or increased frustration and negative behaviors when faced with daily activities. At South Shore Therapies, we are committed to supporting children in their development of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). These tasks are crucial stepping stones towards independence and holistic health for our young ones. Understanding and mastering ADLs and IADLs equips children with foundational skills necessary for successful and independent living.

     

     

    Unveiling the Basics: What Are ADLs and Why Do They Matter?

    The term 'Activities of Daily Living' encompasses the fundamental actions that we engage in daily to preserve their health and well-being. These activities lay the groundwork for kids to thrive and engage fully in life. Key aspects of children's ADLs involve:

    The Six Basic ADLs:

    • Personal Hygiene – This involves regular bathing or showering, washing hands, dental care like brushing teeth, and hair care such as combing or brushing.
    • Continence Management – This requires the effective control and management of bowel and bladder functions.
    • Dressing – This entails selecting and wearing clothes that are appropriate for the weather and can include managing fasteners such as zippers, buttons, and shoelaces.
    • Eating – This includes the ability to feed oneself appropriately sized portions of food, and the ability to chew and swallow safely.
    • Mobility – This pertains to the ability to move around safely in various environments such as, getting in and out of bed, navigating the playground, standing from/or sitting in a chair at school, etc.

    As our children grow, they will be expected to participate in these activities at different capacities – ultimately leading to independent participation. It is important to support the development of skill needed to successfully engage in these activities.

    Children and Instrumental ADLs


    Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) for children encompass skills that are more complex and necessitate higher cognitive functions such as planning and organization. These skills are crucial for their transition towards independence as the child grows.

    • Transportation and Shopping: Understanding how to use public transport, the concept of shopping for necessities such as school supplies and participating in family grocery shopping trips.
    • Managing Finances: Basic concepts of money, including allowances, understanding the value of items, and simple transactions.
    • Meal Preparation and Shopping: Involvement in meal planning, learning to make simple meals, understanding the importance of a balanced diet, and assisting in shopping for meal ingredients.
    • Housekeeping and Home Maintenance: Learning to clean up personal spaces, such as tidying up toys, making the bed, and assisting in household chores appropriate for their age.
    • Communication Management: Developing effective communication skills, including the use of telephone under supervision, and understanding postal items like letters.
    • Medication Management: Recognizing the name and purpose of their medications, understanding the importance of taking them as prescribed, under supervision.

    Fostering these IADL skills in children not only aids in their current developmental stage but also lays a solid foundation for their future independence.

    These activities showcase the extended range of skills necessary for a sustained quality of life. While our kids may not be independent in many of these tasks yet, South Shore Therapies can provide targeted interventions that address sensory, cognitive, physical, and emotional components of development that will be required for independence with IADLs in the future.

    Why the Distinction Matters

    It's not merely about checklists and assessments. Understanding the distinction between ADLs and IADLs serves as a beacon in formulating care plans that are tailored to an individual's unique constellation of needs, abilities, and interests. Distinguishing between these tasks, and what is expected of the child in their phase of development, and what is important to the child and their family, enables our occupational therapists to offer targeted interventions that serve to strengthen the child's functional capacity and enhance their quality of life.

    Benefits of Occupational Therapy for Developmental Delays

    Occupational Therapy (OT) can support the development of foundational skills needed for your child to perform at their optimal potential each day. Some areas that OT intervention can target are:

    • Daily Living Skills: Helps children acquire essential activities of daily living, including hygiene, toileting, feeding, and completing chores.
    • Family Routines: Aids in establishing effective family routines to support the child's development.
    • Motor Skills Development: Improves both fine motor (small movements) and gross motor (large movements) skills.
    • Socialization Skills: Assists in developing the necessary social skills for children to interact effectively with others.
    • Academic Skills: Supports children in acquiring the skills needed for success in the classroom environment.
    • Continuity of Care: Provides families with targeted home programming to support the generalization of skills and to promote successful participation across environments.

    The Team at South Shore Therapies Can Help

    At South Shore Therapies, we specialize in using a sensory integrative approach to help your child reach their highest level of independence. Recognizing early ’red flags’ in your child's development can lead to proactive intervention.  Occupational therapy focuses on enhancing a child's ability to perform everyday tasks by improving their motor planning, fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional regulation and their overall body awareness and relationship with our environment. Our comprehensive approach aims to support your child in developing the necessary skills for effective participation in daily activities and to support social and academic success as needed to improve their quality of life. Through a personalized therapy plan, we aim to foster their growth in strength, sensory processing, and early developmental milestones.

    We invite you to join us in this mission, to learn, grow, and advocate for a world where the symphony of life plays on, for all. For more information or to seek our services, don't hesitate to reach out to South Shore Therapies at 781-335-6663 or visit our website here.

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  • 12/12/2020 - Allison Minsky. Hi, I am a Speech-Language Pathologist at South Shore Therapies. I am passionate about planning and delivering creative, individualized treatment designed to meet the unique needs of each of my clients. Our mission with SST's social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future. If you want to read more about us, visit www.southshoretherapies.com 0 Comments
    What is Pragmatics?

    Pragmatic language, or the rules we follow when we communicate in social sitautions, is broken down into three major skills: using language for different reasons, changing language for the listener or situation, and following rules for conversation and storytelling. Pragmatic language is necessary to have effective and meaningful communication with others.

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