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Charlotte Experts in Child Development- Now Accepting New Patients

Integration Station Pediatric Therapy Services is accepting children into our occupational therapy program from 0-14 years of age. Occupational therapists with expertise in early development and sensory processing are ready to support your child’s needs with morning and afternoon availability. We work with all insurances plus Medicaid.

To inquire about having your child evaluated call us @ 704-595-9363 or contact us via our website.

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Therapy Practice Expands

Integration Station, located in the University area of North Charlotte, would like to announce the addition of therapists Ashley Stevens and Alexa Hughes. Ashley and Alexa are a great addition to the already dynamic and sought-after team of therapists specializing in child occupational therapy services at Integration Station. Welcome Ashley and Alexa!

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Occupational Therapist Named Mom Approved Doc

Charlotte Parent magazine recently published the 2014 Mom Approved Docs for the Charlotte area as nominated by parents. Integration Station is excited to announce the inclusion of director and therapist Nicole Cyphert as the only occupational therapist recommended in this years edition. To read comments made by parents in recognition of Nicole’s dedication to the children and families of Integration Station go to Charlotte Parent Mom Approved Docs 2014.

 

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Charlotte Summer Handwriting Camps 2014

Integration Station is gearing up for two exciting new summer handwriting camps in Charlotte! If you’re interested in learning more about our summer camps or occupational therapy services for your child, contact us today!We would be more than happy to answer any questions!

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Sensational Summer Camps @ IS

Sensational Summer Camps at Integration Station provide children with the opportunity to learn through fun, multi-sensory experiences under the guidance of pediatric occupational therapy practitioners.

 Through the use of the Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum, children will enhance letter recognition, letter formation, and improve fine motor abilities to support successful writing.

 Our camps are designed for Rising Kindergarteners, First and Second graders who are struggling with handwriting or just need that extra boost to set them soaring from A to Z.

Learning Letters the “Write” Way-  July 21st -August 1st

Children will learn to form their uppercase letters and their name. Recommended for most 4-5 year olds.

 

Diving into Lowercase Letters-  August 4th-August 15th

Children will review accurate formation for uppercase letters, learn to form lowercase letters and properly form their name. Recommended for most 6-7 year olds.

 

Cost: $225 for 2 weeks including supplies

Monday-Friday, 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at registration.  All fees are due prior to the first date of class.

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Calming Strategies for Children over the Holidays

Control and Choices can promote calmness in a changing environment i.e. allowing your child to help rearrange furniture to place the Christmas tree, pick out holiday decorations, and holiday songs.

Decrease sensory information.  Flashing lights maybe to over-stimulating for your child.  White lights are a less distracting alternative.

Quiet spots and breaks can help your child calm when visiting friends and family or when family visits.   After your child has had a break, encourage your child to rejoin with friends and family.  Include pillows, fidget toys, and books in the quiet spot and practice going to the quiet spot to ensure the child this is a safe place.

Develop a plan. Providing predictability and preparing for the holiday changes prior to the event can be helpful! Going over the schedule for the following day at nighttime can add structure to the holidays.  Simple, practiced plans are the best plans!

Routines are important to maintain over the holidays.

Environment: When decorating for the holidays try to respect the child’s favorite space or toy and see if the Christmas decorations impede their view of their favorite space or toy.

Sleep: Changes in routine can affect sleep patterns.  Try to maintain sleep schedules over the busy holidays.

Food Routines: Incorporate familiar foods with holiday meals.

 

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Calming Strategies for Small Spaces

With the temperature changing, the sun setting earlier, and holidays around the corner, many of us begin to experience increased stress and fatigue. Implementing quick and simple strategies for calming and alerting will help us make it through the day successfully. Here are just a few quick tips for you and your little ones!

-Try making a fist and squeezing tightly several times.

-Push your hands (palms facing one another) together.

-Push your knees together while sitting.

-Shrug your shoulders (raise them up and down) several times.

-Push against a wall.

-Chair push-ups (Use your arms to lift your bottom from your chair.)

-Take a deep breath and count down from 10 .

-Use deep pressure for calming (hugs, wrapping in a blanket).

-Use quick, brisk, touch to arms and back for alerting.

-Adults and older children can use sugar-free chewing gum (monitor your child for safety).

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October is Sensory Awareness Month!

Spread the Word about Sensory Processing Disorder!

Sensory Integration, is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Whether you are riding a bike, eating an apple, spending time outside, or reading a book, the activity requires successful processing of sensation or “Sensory Integration.”

Sensory Processing Disorder is a complex neurological disorder that impacts a growing number of individuals. When sensations are not registered, processed or interpreted with accuracy, the response may not be appropriate for the situation/event. For example; an individual places their hand on a hot burner and leaves it there for several seconds before realizing their hand is hot, due to poor sensory integration they incur a severe burn to the hand.

There are several indicators that an individual may be struggling with Sensory Processing Disorder, and if you feel you or your child may be impacted by difficulties with Sensory Integration consult with a sensory-trained Occupational Therapist.

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BACKPACK AWARENESS DAY-September 18th, 2013

Did you know… A backpack should not exceed 10% of a child’s weight. (50 lb child = 5 lb backpack limit)

Why does the weight of the backpack matter… According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were over 28,000 backpack related injuries in 2010.  Injuries ranged from contusions, sprains and strains, to dislocations and fractures.

Does your child experience tingling arms, decreased muscle strength, or stooped posture after wearing a heavy backpack? Take steps to help your child load and wear a backpack properly to avoid related injuries.

Proper Loading of a Backpack

  • Pack heaviest items closest to the child’s back.
  • Make sure to only pack essential items for the school day.
  • To avoid clutter and decrease weight, empty your child’s backpack each day.
  • If your child’s backpack is too heavy, he or she can remove an item and carry it in their arms.
  • Alternatives: Use a backpack with wheels.
  • Duplicate items, i.e. Ask your child’s school if extra copies of workbooks and textbooks for use at home are available.

 Wearing a Backpack

  • It is highly recommended that your child wear both arm straps pulled tight.
  • Backpacks with waist straps should also be secured.
  • The backpack should not sit below waist level.

 

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