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What are Social-Emotional skills?

Social-emotional development refers to the ability to form and sustain positive relationships; as well as the ability to experience, manage and express emotions. This skill is essential to form lasting bonds between family members, caregivers, and peers. Managing emotions during times of success, failure, embarrassment, and pride are also sources of stress for children but are necessary to experience and learn from as they age. If you want to learn more, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Email us at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.

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The Functions of Behavior

In Applied Behavior Analysis, there are four main functions of behavior: escape, attention, automatic reinforcement, and access to reinforcement. The escape function occurs when the individual wants to avoid completing a task he/she does not want to do. The attention seeking behavior occurs when an individual behaves in a way that gains them attention from those around them. Automatic reinforcement is a behavior that an individual exhibits because it is self-stimulating. The access to reinforcement behavior occurs when an individual behaves in order to obtain a reinforcing item. In ABA, knowing the function of a behavior is the first step to developing a plan for intervention. If you want to learn more, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Email us at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.

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What are “Phonological Processes”?

Most children make pretty predictable “errors” when they are learning to talk.  A “speech sound disorder” may be diagnosed by a speech-language pathologist when speech mistakes occur past a certain age.  Speech sound disorders can be due to problems with articulation (errors in making sounds) or phonological processes (errors in sound patterns).  A child may have one or many “patterns” they are working on in speech therapy. Therapy for an articulation disorder will be different than therapy for a phonological disorder! If you want to learn more, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Email us at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000

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Sensory games don’t have to be messy

Like any Occupational Therapist worth their salt in this digital age, I follow quite a few OT blogs. I like to keep up on the latest DIY projects to offer parents a way to replicate some of the activities that their child engages in while at the clinic. The most recent projects that have been popping on my various news feeds have been DIY Sensory Walks. This involves acquiring a variety of textured items and creating a walkway. This picture (found on Pinterest), is a great example of how everyday items can be turned into a sensory storm! This type of sensory input can be done with hands or feet and is a great way to encourage exploration. One of the most fun ways to receive sensory input is to create “Sensory Twister”. This was discovered on theinspiredtreehouse.com and is a great example of how to make sensory play fun without the mess! If you want to learn more, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Email us at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.

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