December 14, 2019, I had the honor and privilege of presenting as the Keynote Speaker for the University of Pittsburgh's Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Fall Recognition Day Ceremony, representing both the OI community and Clarion University. The majority of graduates were from the Physicans Assistant program, and others were from Speech Pathology, OT, PT, Audiology,… Continue reading Keynote Speaker : University of Pittsburgh Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Recognition Day Ceremony
I recently spoke on a parents panel at a local university, speaking to students in an OT program about working with an OT and having a child with special needs. I'd like to share the following, as it pertains to pediatric occupational therapy. The Early Intervention (EI) program and our team of therapists have changed our… Continue reading 9 Things I’d Love to Share with Occupational Therapy Students
This holiday will be filled with lights, glitter, colors, festivities, gathering, love and celebration... ... not without moments of worry, but with just a little less than ever before... ... a time to remember those who have passed, and to also remember just how far... we have come... This Christmas, I will feel just a… Continue reading Baby’s 2nd Christmas: A Meaningful Milestone
16 great toys that have served Niko well in his first 16 months! PT and OT approved.
No one ever said he wouldn't walk.... No one ever said he wouldn't crawl. Most have said, "We don't know." The only thing scarier than the unknown... .... scarier than the not-knowing of how a future will play out... ... how our son's life will unfold.... .... whether he will live a full and purposeful… Continue reading Big Milestone for Niko
I never knew what a Nuk brush was until I learned it from Niko. Our occupational therapist introduced it to us when we started building Niko's tongue muscles. We started with stroking motions of the sides of his mouth and now he chews it independently. Since Niko was born with a broken arm, his left… Continue reading Niko and the Nuk brush
Every week we meet with PT and OT, it seems Niko is doing something he hasn't done before... whether it be using his arm just a little more, reaching just a little higher, straightening his legs just a little more... his subtle changes grow until they are just part of the normal. Niko started grabbing… Continue reading Niko’s first Christmas already and his first mama’s birthday