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Sensory Sundays at Imagine Nation

Imagine Nation Museum in Bristol is hosting several Sensory Sunday events this fall. Visit their website at

Sensory Sunday Information – click this link for a full screen PDF of the flyersensory sunday flyer


Kindergarten Readiness Camp

Attention Parents:

April is National OT Month

What is occupational therapy?OT month

Occupational therapy is a client-centered service that enables performance in activities and greater social participation through occupation.   Intervention in occupational therapy can include the process of occupation (the DOING of something meaningful), as well as adapting the environment or altering the task demands to allow for occupation to occur.  Intervention can be directly with the child, or via consultation with significant persons in the child’s life (parents, siblings, teachers).

What does the term occupation mean?

Occupation means all the things humans do that have meaning to us.  Work, self-care and leisure are the primary adult occupations.   For children, occupation includes school tasks, play and self-care.  OTs use occupation in treatment to restore or improve function.   Therefore, we often use play activities to help develop skills and we also play in order to improve the child’s ability to play.  We choose and modify activities carefully through a process called task analysis, and alter the amount of challenge the activity provides so that the “just right challenge” is obtained.  The child should be challenged but not to the point of frustration.  The activity typically will also have components that address specific skill areas we want to target (eye-hand coordination, in-hand manipulation, strengthening etc.).  If we do our job well, the child will look to others like he or she is just playing and having a good time

What is our background and knowledge base? 

Occupational therapists are trained to understand and promote human occupation. We possess a knowledge base of neurological, sensory motor and motor development as well as a theoretical base of both occupational therapy theory and theory from fields such as psychology, anthropology and sociology.  We have been trained to be careful observers of behavior and analyzers of activity.  We are able to provide information, activity ideas, intervention and adaptations to promote the development of certain skills or skill components that may be lacking.  We can assist in modifying environments or activities to allow for greater success.  Overall, our goal is to promote occupation and occupational performance in the children we see.

Want to know more?

Check out the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) website for more information about OT’s role with children. AOTA: Children and Youth


April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day

light it up blue

Created by Autism Speaks, this event is a way of celebrating World Autism Awareness Day, a global initiative to bring attention to the growing numbers of people living with autism.  So what is Light It Up Blue?  All around the world, iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Great Buddha in Kobe Japan, the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia will be lit with blue lights in honor of those with autism.

You can participate too   The Home Depot carries blue light bulbs, filters and lanterns to light your house.  Encourage your colleagues to wear blue to work on April 2nd and post a picture on Facebook.   For more information and details, go to Autism Speaks – Light It Up Blue

SERC Annual Conference

sercSERC, CT Birth to Three and the CT State Department of Education present: Together We Will: Learn to Play and Play to Learn

Together We Will is an annual conference focusing on children ages birth to 5, especially those with developmental delays. Center for Pediatric Therapy will be hosting an information table at this event.

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Time: 8:00am-3:30pm

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cromwell, CT.

Cost: $75

Please note, the conference brochure states the registration deadline is March 29, 2013. After this date, registration applications will be accepted as space permits.

This conference includes keynote speaker Maurice Sykes, Director Early Childhood Leadership Institute, University of the District of Columbia , who will present “Learning to Play and Playing to Learn in the Era of Common Core”.

Additional sessions will be run by professionals and experts from around the country. Come visit Center for Pediatric Therapy at our information table in the exhibition area. Hope to see you there!

For registration and details,click here for the SERC Website.

Sensory Friendly Musical Theater Performance in Bridgeport

freckleface strawberryThe Downtown Cabaret Children’s Theater will present a Sensory Sensitive Performance of Freckleface Strawberry, a musical based on the children’s books by Julianne Moore on Sunday, March 3 at 5:30pm. This performance is designed to allow children on the autism spectrum, or with other sensory difficulties, to enjoy a live theater experience. The lights will remain at a low level, the sound will be turned down and audience members will be allowed to get up from their seats if needed. The performance will last approximately one hour and will not have an intermission. For more information regarding the event, visit Broadway World – CT. For tickets, visit Downtown Cabaret Theater. (Please note there are several performances of this musical, but only the Sunday, March 3 5:30pm show is designed with those with sensory needs in mind). Enjoy the show!