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Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

What is Animal Assisted Therapy?

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that strategically incorporates the child-animal interaction into the therapy process. Goal-directed interventions are utilized in the treatment process to coincide with treatment plan goals. Here at Capable Kids of the North Shore, the process is guided by Taylor Johnson, OTR/L, who has been certified as a handler to work with her approved therapy dog, Kylo.

Potential Benefits of AAPT:

  • Increased Self-Regulation
  • Increased Problem-Solving Skills
  • Reduction of Anxiety and/or Depression
  • Ability to Assist in Grief/Loss Issues
  • Increased Self-Confidence
  • Increased Ability to Recognize Emotions
  • Improvement in Communication
  • Positive Relationship Development
  • Development of Social-Emotional Thinking Skills
  • Improvement in Cooperation and Motivation
  • Building Rapport and Trust
  • Increase in Attention & Impulse Control

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About Kylo:

Kylo is very excited to begin working at Capable Kids of the North Shore. Kylo is a three-year-old male miniature bernedoodle, and he weighs ~40 pounds. He is American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (AKC CGC) certified, a certified Emotional Support Animal (ESA), as well as a certified therapy dog through The Lincolnshire Animal Hospital Pet Therapy Group (LAHPTG). Kylo is a sweet, non-assertive, and gentle dog. Including Kylo in your child’s sessions is a decision that should be made with input from your therapist.

 

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Fall Occupational Therapy Groups

While this new school year may leave us feeling uncertain, we are certain that our fall occupational therapy groups will be tons of fun! These groups aim to provide our CK families with an engaging way to work on therapeutic goals while safely allowing for small group interactions. Our groups have a 2 child maximum to maintain proper social distancing guidelines. Additionally, each child and therapist is temperature checked and completes a wellness screening before entering the building. Check out our flyer below, and please contact us to learn more about our fall offerings.

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S’mores Indoors

In small group this week, we built a “campfire” and practiced roasting marshmallows. With this activity we worked on fine motor and cutting skills, following directives, describing common objects, and turn taking!

Here is how you can recreate this fun summertime activity for your family.

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Materials:

-Brown construction paper

-Black pen or marker

-Scissors

-Glue

-Red/orange/yellow tissue paper

-Roasting sticks

-Marshmallows

Directions:

Using the pen or marker, draw straight lines down the brown construction paper to look like sticks or logs. Cut out the strips.  Glue the “wood” (brown construction paper strips) to look like a campfire. Lay the tissue paper out, and grab it in the center. Crumple the tissue paper to act as the “fire”. Glue the tissue paper down on the construction paper. Grab your roasting sticks and marshmallows, and get ready to practice roasting marshmallows over a campfire!

5 Factors to Consider When You Have a Disability and Are Running for Public Office

Check out this article from Ed Carter, a retired Financial Advisor who now focuses on financial advising for those with disabilities. You can find out more info on his work at https://ablefutures.org

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Chances are that you can’t name but a few people off the top of your head who have a disability and hold a public office—be it at the local, state, or federal level. And considering that one in four U.S. adults lives with a disability, this is a problem.

There’s no doubt that individuals with disabilities are severely underrepresented in this country, which means that the ways in which the government can serve them are limited. But what can we do to change it? Inspiring those with disabilities to run for public office and informing them as to how to do it are great ways to start.

1. The Reality

While dreams and aspirations are reasons to consider a run for office, they won’t be enough to sustain you through a campaign, much less the daily duties of being an elected official. Discuss the realities of a campaign and heavy workload with your loved ones before you make any decisions.

For example, are you ready for the criticisms that will likely come during the campaign? Can you handle the workload required both during a campaign and once you’re in office? Are you equipped with the skills and experience needed to win against your opponent? These are the kinds of questions to go through with your family before you dive into a campaign.

2. The Candidate

If your family is on board, you will then need to do some self-reflection. What is it that you stand for? Will you run on a platform of helping other people with disabilities get access to the services they need? Who are the target voters you will be working to win over? Once you have a solid idea of what you want your identity to be as a candidate, you’ll be ready for the next step.

3. The Campaign Manager

The team you have in place will play a major role in determining the outcome of your campaign, and this starts with the campaign manager. Because your campaign manager will ultimately be in charge of everything campaign related, be sure to find someone who is qualified, reliable, and dedicated to your values. If you don’t already have someone in mind for the position, asking for recommendations from your network of professionals is a good way to start your search for a campaign manager.

4. The Team

Besides the campaign manager, there are several other roles you will need to fill on your team. For example, hiring a web developer can help ensure that your website engages and informs voters, and you can easily find candidates through job boards. A communications director will be responsible for getting your message out to the public, responding to media, and so on. A finance director will handle fundraising and make sure there is money to implement your strategy. The number of staff members needed is largely determined by the needs of each specific campaign.

5. The Strategy

Finally, what is your strategy? Get with your team to determine a plan of attack for your campaign. This might include things like deciding the major parts of your platform, how you will market your message to the public, and other ways you will reach voters. This is also where you will plan for any necessary adjustments to accommodate your disability, whether it’s while canvassing homes, doing interviews, or attending meet-and-greets at local businesses.

If you live with a disability and are interested in running for public office, make sure your family is on board with your decision. Then, put together a solid team and strategy that can help you win. Most importantly, always stay true to yourself and remember the voters who supported you along the way.

Check out the resources below:

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Summer 2020 Updates

Clinic Based Small Groups and Camps

As we reopen the clinic, we are so excited to be offering small group therapy and camps this summer! As of June 15th, we will begin running groups/camps of 2-3 kids with one therapist for 45/90 minute sessions. These small groups will help build social skills while focusing on language building and fine/gross motor skills. Additionally, we are offering groups with siblings this summer! Insurance and private pay options are available. Check out our flyer or contact us for more information. We are so happy to be back!

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Summer 2020 Groups/Camps

This summer, we are doing things a little bit differently. To keep our families and therapists safe, we will be doing teletherapy groups and summer camps! This is a wonderful opportunity to keep your kiddos on track to meet their therapeutic goals, while allowing them to socialize with peers in a safe way. Please check out our summer brochure, and reach out to us for more information. We can’t wait to see you all (virtually) this summer!

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What is TeleHealth?

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What is Telehealth (Teletherapy)?

Telehealth or Teletherapy is a way for a clients to receive their health services (including therapy) remotely. It is a way to provide therapy through a live video connection utilizing a smart phone or computer’s webcam and microphone. Similar to Skype or FaceTime, families are able to connect with their therapist in the safety of their own homes. Our therapists use HIPAA compliant video conferencing platforms to provide a continuation of your child’s therapy services. These sessions can be individual sessions, or even group sessions allowing your child to interact with both their therapist and peers.

For more information or to inquire about our teletherapy groups, please contact us.