100% Included, 100% Empowered – Bryce’s Story

Bryce appreciates the adventure in every day. Bryce's high school graduation announcement picture. He loves planning and going on vacations, and his parents share that he loves to keep busy through helping around the house and in the community, and by fostering his creativity through art projects, as well as singing, dancing, and acting. In …

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Get in the ZONE: Helping Children Manage Big Feelings

By Alyssa Huschen, MOT, OTR/L, Easterseals Central Illinois Tired, annoyed, excited, silly, embarrassed, frustrated… These are just a few of the feelings our children experience throughout the day. For some children, they may all be felt in the span of an hour. However, despite being in the midst of this whirlwind of feelings, our expectations …

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5 Ways to Use Blankets for Indoor Sensory Fun

By: Easterseals Central Illinois Occupational Therapy Department Using a blanket during play provides opportunities to address your child’s sensory processing skills, motor planning, and strength. Blanket activities can be used to provide proprioceptive (input to muscles and joints), deep pressure tactile, and vestibular (movement) input. Blanket swing: You’ll need two people for this activity.  Each …

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