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Sensory Savvy – Kinetic Sand

Also known as “moon sand”, kinetic sand is material that looks like sand, but sticks together like snow! This is a great sensory tool to work on tactile integration, manual manipulation, and fine motor skills. It’s a cost effective and fun tool to use in a variety of ways. Interesting in learning how Cogwheel Clinic uses this? Email us today at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.

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Help protect your child’s hearing!

We hear thanks to tiny “hair cells” that live inside the cochlea, or the snail-shaped organ beyond the eardrum.  Hair cells can be damaged by exposure to loud noises and don’t grow back.  The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association cautions that sounds louder than 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss.  However, some iPods and other MP3 players can produce sound upwards of 110 decibels!  Protect your child’s hearing by avoiding loud noise whenever possible and using earplugs/earmuffs when loud noise is unavoidable.  If you can’t hear someone clearly three feet away from you…it’s too loud!

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Problem Solving

Problem solving skills are important to learn from a young age. It helps us become more independent individuals and a functional member of any team! Having children become an active participant in the problem solving process rather than simply doing/solving the problem for them can increase their independence and cognitive skills. Try engaging children in a variety of situations where they need to help you solve! For example, “help me set the table for dinner”
-How many people will be eating? (how many of each item do we need!)
-What kinds of dinnerware do we need? (bowls or plates!)
-What kind of utensils do we need?
-Will we need napkins?
-Where should we set the dishes down? (location of dinner)

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New Spring Groups!

The Cogwheel Clinic for Neurodevelopment in Bellevue has several new groups starting in April, as well as additional social skills groups by popular demand. Call the clinic at 425.748.7000 more information and to reserve your spot!  Current offerings include social skills groups for several age groups and feeding groups for picky eaters!  All groups get matched by developmental ability.

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Social Skills help

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What a great blog post highlighting Autism and social skills. It ties in perfectly with our SuperFlex program that we are offering this summer!

“Often children with ASD are able to state social rules when asked, but have difficulty APPLYING the rules or explaining the reasoning behind rules.

Explanations provide children with the reasoning behind the rules; making it easier for children to know when and why to do…or not do, certain things.
Like other forms of learning, social understanding requires understanding a rule or concept, the exceptions to the rule, AND application of the rule in different settings.
Here are some examples:

Rule ——> Reasoning
No running in stores——- >You can break things or bump into people.
Use your napkin instead of your shirt to wipe your hands ——->If you wipe your hand on your shirt, it will make you look messy, and others may react in a negative way.
Think about what you say before you say it ———>It will help you predict whether the response from the other person will be positive or negative.

Extending the learning

“What if” questions can expand social understanding. For example, “Could you run…if you were at (a restaurant), (a library), (a playground), (the beach)”? Why?”

For more on this article by Ronda Whitaker, MS, click on the article link http://www.thedevelopmentalgarden.com/asd-whats-the-big-idea/

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Communication help for Non-verbal Children

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Are you a parent of a non-verbal child looking to stimulate his or her mind this summer? Our personally tailored Cognitive Writing Therapy may be what you’re looking for!

We are SO excited about this program here at Cogwheel!  Our OT Tami has an amazing success rate at helping moderate to severely disabled children to write – which often means they learn how to communicate with their parents and others for the first time!  If your kiddo struggles to communicate, or needs to learn how to write, this is an amazing program.  Each child will get several individual sessions before they are placed in a group with peers.

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Animal Therapy

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At Cogwheel Clinic, we are firm believers in the power of animal companionship!

A great article form USA TodaY:

“For years, anxiety kept Zach Tucker from getting to sleep. As the Colorado Springs sixth-grader remembers, his voice shakes and he shields his eyes. Zach’s discomfort is Clyde’s cue. The chocolate Labrador springs to Zach’s side, nudging the boy with his paws. Zach’s voice calms, and he drops his hand to his devoted dog.

“That’s Clyde at work,” says Zach’s mother, Susy Tucker.

Smart, but suffering from social anxiety, Zach was 8 when doctors diagnosed him with high-functioning autism. Tucker sought animals to draw Zach out of his shell. A series of pets — a guinea pig, a rat and untrained dogs — followed, but they had little success. Then came Clyde.”  for more, jump to the article below!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/05/16/pets-for-special-needs-kids/27362967/