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Community Feature: GiGi’s Playhouse

Emerge therapists recently had the opportunity to meet the staff and visit the newest location of the nonprofit organization GiGi’s Playhouse. This unique center provides educational, therapeutic, and supportive programs for children and families with Down Syndrome. The Raleigh location…

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October Toy of the Month: Ned’s Head

Ways to Play with Ned’s Head:

  1. Stereognosis: This is an important skill related to our tactile (touch) sense. Stereognosis allows a child to be able to recognize what something is, using touch, alone. We rely heavily on our visual and auditory sense to recognize objects and other things in our…

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September Game of the Month: Bowling

September Toy of the Month: Bowling bowling Photo from https://blog.allstate.com/green-entertainment-for-kids/

There are many cute bowling sets available from amazon.com in a variety of styles. However, for a fun DIY project, make your own set! You’ll need the following materials:

● 10 plastic…

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Back to School Transition Strategies

Back to School Transition Strategies

Returning to school is right around the corner! As your family soaks up the last few weeks of summer, consider these strategies provided by local psychologist, Dr. Rachel A. Bowman, to help your child transition back into the school routine.

5 strategies by…

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Toy Spotlight: Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set

August Toy of the Month: Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set

This toy includes the following materials:

● 12 wooden cookies

● 12 toppings

● Wooden knife

● Spatula

● Cookie sheet

● Oven mitt

How to play with the cookie set:

❏ Use it to work on sequencing.…

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Game Spotlight: Guess Who?

Photo from: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S732WJE/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1944687642&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00000IWDR&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0EZAEP2KHJ4MN7MHVD1T

Guess Who addresses a number of skills while a providing a fun, playful, and interactive…

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The Therapeutic Benefits of Playing “Simon Says”

May Game of the Month Spotlight: The Therapeutic Benefits of Playing Simon Says

Looking for a simple and fun activity that requires no materials? “Simon Says” is the perfect game to address a variety of skills to help with your child’s development!

  1. Body Awareness and Motor Development:…

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What Are Social Stories, and How Can I Use Them With My Child?

Social stories are written descriptions of what to expect in a particular social scenario. Social stories can be helpful to use with children who struggle to adapt to new situations, have difficulty transitioning, rely on a predictable schedule, and/or have trouble understanding implicit social…

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5 Ways to Foster Social Development at Home

5 Ways to Foster Social Development at Home:

  1. Monitor and limit screen time at home. ○ This is tricky for many families! We use technology for just about everything these days. And while it is great to use computers, tablets and
    iPhones for work or educational purposes, the amount of…

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April Toy of the Month: Marble Track

The Marble Track is certainly a “fan favorite” around the clinic! The kids love it because it is fun and they can create something new each time! The therapists love it because there are so many different goals that can be addressed with just one toy! Check out a few ways below to use a Marble…

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2015 Holiday Toy List: Recommendations from the Emerge Therapy Team

2015 Holiday Toy List: Recommendations from the Emerge Therapy Team

“What is the best toy for my child?”

“What toys can I find to work on these specific skills at home?”

As the holiday season approaches, our families often ask what we recommend they purchase or make for their child as a…

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Make Time for Interactive Metronome this Summer

Summer is a great time for you child to do an Interactive Metronome program and Emerge is able to offer this program at a very reasonable cost. The typical course of intervention is 15 sessions over a 5 week period, although this can be modified as needed.

“Did you know that your brain has an…

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What exactly do Speech and Language Pathologists do?

The Speech Therapists (a.k.a. Speech-Language Pathologists or SLPs) at Emerge-A Child’s Place offer services that go well beyond the ability to understand what a child is saying:

Articulation Assessment and Therapy: Articulation assessment and therapy involves identifying a child’s speech…

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Beyond the Label: Developmental Differences in ADHD,  Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

Pinewoods Montessori School in Hillsborough is hosting a panel discussion on ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder. Our Director, Bonnie Hacker MHS, OTR/L, is one of three local experts participating in the roundtable discussion.

Their presentations will discuss: - What are the…

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Registration is Open for our 2014 Summer Programs!

**Registration forms are available by clicking here **


2014 SUMMER PROGRAMS AT EMERGE


Preschool Power
This is one of our most popular programs. It focuses on developing classroom participation skills, effective communication skills, and appropriate peer interactions. This program is co-led by a…

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AFTER THE HOLIDAYS

1. This is a great time to clean out and reduce the number of toys your child has.

Too many toys often overwhelm children, which typically results in limiting their play. Ideally, your child should only have 10-15 times available at any given time. (Blocks count as one toy.) Give away those that…

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Spring and Summer Programs are up on the Website!!

We are so excited to offer a wide variety of summer programs, including two new social skills groups.

SPRING PROGRAM!!

Writing For Fun Our spring small group writing program starts on Friday, March 9th at 4:00. This fun program is designed to improve writing skills for children in Kindergarten…

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Interactive Metronome Back to School Special

Interactive Metronome is an exciting technology based program that helps improve attention, focus, timing, sequencing and coordination. Typically it is completed in 15 sessions over a 3-5 week period. Emerge is offering a cost-saving special for anyone who starts the program in July or August.

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SUMMER PROGRAMS - Something for everyone

Emerge offers a wide variety of summer programs ranging from those suitable for children with complex developmental needs to the student or athlete who wants to excel.

If your child has developmental delays, including communication challenges, Asperger’s or mild autism, social challenges or a…

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Sign-ups for Summer session are underway!!

This year Emerge is pleased to offer seven summer programs, ranging from Preschool Power for our younger children to our newest programs: Creative Writing and InterACTing for older children.

InterACTing

Led by a speech pathologist, InterACTing will use drama as the medium for helping young people…

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**NEW**    CREATIVE COOKS         Social Skills Group

Our Creative Cooks social group was developed due to high interest in our Recipe for Fun summer program. Enhancing communication, socialization and fine motor skills in a nurturing and supportive environment is the focus of this creative group. Children share in the task of planning and preparing…

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Speech/Language Therapy: More than just “r”

When many people think of “speech therapy”, they associate it with treatment for articulation disorders—those children who say “wabbit” for “rabbit” or “Thally” for “Sally”.

While treatment of speech sound disorders is part of what speech-language pathologists (a.k.a. speech…

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Summer Camps and Programs

The staff at Emerge has been busy planning our summer programs.  Summer is a wonderful time to offer your child an intensive therapy experience.  We offer a wide variety of programs designed to enrich children's lives and develop new skills.  The fliers will soon be up on the website, but in the…

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School-Based and Clinic-Based Therapy:  What’s the Difference?

Is there a difference?  Would your child ever need both?

 
When therapy is recommended for a child, the physician may often recommend that the parents pursue therapy through the school system.  Most people have heard that children can receive speech and occupational therapy through the schools at no…

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Get Ready for School using Interactive Metronome

Interactive-boy In the remaining weeks of summer there is just enough time to undertake undertake an Interactive Metronome® (IM) program for your child.


The March/April 2001 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy identified five core areas of statistically significant improvements…

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What is Therapeutic Listening (and can it help my child)?

Therapeutic Listening®  combines a sound-based intervention with a sensory diet to impact a child's sensory processing and behavioral organization. Therapeutic Listening can impact sensory modulation, attention, behavior, postural organization, and speech and language difficulties. Therapeutic…

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Speech vs. Language

Kristine wrote:  "This really got me to thinking and comparing this to speech v. language. I have been personally struggling a lot with when to address the SPEECH issues and when to address communication issues- and can they be done concurrently....if, for example, a child has both autism…

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