Parental & Therapy Resources

 

sensory processing

 

STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder

The STAR Institute is a treatment center also completing research and providing education for children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) including feeding disorders and sensory issues associated with autism, ADHD, and other related disorders. Learn more from their parent and professional resources.

Sensory Smarts

The Sensory Smarts website offers practical solutions for the daily challenges many families experience in raising a child with difficulties in sensory processing. From tooth-brushing to haircutting and bath-time to bedtime, this website shares parent-friendly advice.

Understood: Sensory Processing Disorder

Understood is a non-profit initiative designed for informational and educational purposes.  This overview can answer basic questions about the complex issues associated with SPD. You’ll find expert advice and insights, strategies to use at home, and information on potentially successful supports for your child.

 

Autism

 

REACH

The Reach Autism Clinic program evaluates children as young as 24 months of age through adulthood to determine if the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is appropriate.

STAR Autism Support

The STAR curriculum program is an ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) instructional method of discrete trial training, pivotal response training, and functional routines instruction which provides a comprehensive curriculum for children with autism. The STAR Program has been validated by multiple independent randomized control trials.

DIRFloortime®

The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting each person's development to their fullest potential and is the home of DIRFloortime® which is recognized as the next generation of evidence-based intervention for autism and other developmental challenges.

 

community supports

 

KidSource Kids (Website to come!)

KidSource Kids is a non-profit organization that provides programs for kids with special needs and their families. Examples include Hippotherapy scholarships,, Sensory Santa event, Fall Fest event, and much more.

Arkansas Autism Resource and Outreach Center (AAROC)

The Arkansas Autism Resource & Outreach Center (AAROC) is a non-profit organizations with a mission to provide direction & support to families of individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder by offering parental support, professional/community education and training, and activities to promote awareness and acceptance.

occupational therapy

 

Handwriting Without Tears

The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum offers developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory handwriting instruction for all learning styles with innovative materials and strategies. Many therapists at KidSource utilize this program for our clients in grades kindergarten through 5th.

Integrated Listening Systems (iLS)

Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) is a multi-sensory program for improving brain function. The activities are fun and can be customized for all ages and skill levels, for use in clinics, schools, and home.

Your Therapy Source

Your Therapy Source (YTS) is an online resource for both parents and professionals. It provides advice, information, worksheets and activities for special educational, physical therapy and occupational therapy.

 

physical therapy

 

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)is a nation-wide organization that strives to enhance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network. UCP works to include individuals with disabilities into every area of life through education, advocating, and support services for individuals and families.

Move Forward

Move Forward is a website provided by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) which covers resources for individuals of all ages and a broad range of disorders, injuries and disabilities which may require physical therapy intervention. Here you can search for information related to your child’s specific areas of concern.

 

Speech & Language Therapy

 

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

PECS was developed in 1985 as a unique augmentative/alternative communication intervention package for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental disabilities. PECS has received worldwide recognition for focusing on the initiation component of communication. PECS does not require complex or expensive materials. It was created for families, educators, and resident care providers in mind, so is readily used in a range of settings.

The National Stuttering Foundation

The National Stuttering Association (NSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hope and empowerment to children and adults who stutter, their families, and professionals, through support, education, advocacy, and research.

Apraxia-Kids

Apraxia-KIDS provides a comprehensive website for information on childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) including verbal dyspraxia and developmental apraxia of speech as well as children’s speech and language topics. This information is valuable for parents, speech-language pathologists, and teachers.

Mommy Speech Therapy

The Mommy Speech Therapy is a blog created by a speech-language pathologist that serves as a resource for parents. It offers tips, techniques, reproducible worksheets and activities for families to help their children become stronger communicators.

 

feeding & swallowing therapy

 

Beckman Oral Motor Protocol

The Beckman Oral Motor Protocol includes interventions which provide assisted movement to activate muscle contraction and movement against resistance to build strength. The focus of these interventions is to increase functional response to pressure and movement, range, strength, variety and control of oral movements. The KidSource feeding therapy staff utilize this protocol for assessments and intervention.

SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding

The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding program is an effective way to address problematic feeding behaviors in a variety of settings and populations. The SOS Approach uses a transdisciplinary team approach which assess the "whole child": organ systems, muscles, development sensory, oral-motor, learning/behavior, cognition, nutrition and environment.

Melanie Potock: Pediatric Feeding Expert & Author

Melanie Potock is the parent of a picky eater as well as a speech-language pathologist who provides practical parenting strategies to help the entire family eat healthier and also shares expert professional advice as well.