Welcome to Tiny Tots Therapy

The Developmental Growth and Enrichment of our youth is at the forefront of Tiny Tots Therapy Inc. Through outreach and collaborative resources, our team is dedicated to maximizing the independence of life skills in children and adolescents, supporting our caregivers, and increasing awareness throughout our communities. The families we work with keep us motivated in our mission of guiding children through achievable milestones and our vision of providing valuable and meaningful services to our patients remains at that heart of what we do.

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21 Jul 2017
July 21, 2017

Are Video Games Good for my Child?

July 21, 2017

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Over the past few years, the video game industry has expanded exponentially, creating a variety of genres for kids of all ages including educational and movement focused games.  Video games are becoming a more accepted form of therapy for children with special needs, but there is still a concern if this virtual play is truly beneficial. So we asked our team to weigh in on the debate: are video games good for my child? The list below is consolidated feedback from our experts.

Pros: One benefit to video games is that they allow children to develop their fine motor skills.  Video game systems like the Nintendo Wii or XBox Kinect have dance and sports games,  allowing children to work on balance, strength, and hand-eye coordination. Development of communication and understanding of social roles is another benefit of video games.  Storytelling games allow children to work on conflict resolution as well as understanding language patterns. Our experts agreed that being able to practice these skills in a comfortable environment makes video games a stepping stone for improved social interaction and development.

Another advantage of video games is that they promote problem-solving, organization, reading and writing skills.  The structure of levels and achievement also make video games a way to teach children skills of goal setting and task management. There are even video games that help continue education outside of the classroom.

Cons: Although video games do offer a level of social interaction and communication, they don’t allow children to practice interpersonal skills, such as making eye contact during conversation.  Certain social skill development is not attainable through virtual gaming and can only be developed through face-to-face activity.

Another potential issue with children playing video games too often is their addictive nature.  Obsession with video games can lead to behavioral issues, attention deficits, and even aggression when a child is forced to turn off a game.  Many children who become too attached to their video games have a difficult time transitioning into other activities.

Similarly, when children are engrossed in playing video games, they may not be motivated to get outside and play. Fresh air and sunshine are essential for all children, and too much screen time can keep them cooped up in the house for too many hours during the day.

Our experts at Tiny Tots Therapy concluded that when it comes to video games and children, it seems moderation is key. If you want to give your kids a break from the screen, stop by one of our locations to enjoy our array of classes and our Fun Factory Sensory Gym!

11 Jul 2017
July 11, 2017

Healthy Eating and Quality of Life

July 11, 2017

therapy There are many factors that can make it difficult to maintain a diet that promotes wellness for children – certain health conditions, genetics, and medications are just a few. Although finding healthy foods that kids actually want to eat can be a hefty challenge, improving your child’s diet may be more important than you think.  More and more researchers have found food to be an extremely successful tool in raising the quality of life for children with special needs.  Let’s take a look at some of the foods that have proven to promote mind and body wellness for these children.

Studies have shown that foods high in omega-3 fatty acids can be beneficial for symptoms related to autism, ADHD, and neurological conditions.  Some foods that contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, anchovies, walnuts, flaxseeds, and spinach.  According to WebMD, omega-3 fatty acids can reduce inflammation, lower the risk of heart disease, and reduce levels of depression.  

There have also been many studies looking at the effectiveness of probiotics and prebiotics in alleviating symptoms of autism.  Research has shown that probiotics and prebiotics can help with gastrointestinal conditions as well as behavioral issues.  Some foods high in probiotics include non-dairy yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, tempeh, and kimchi.  For foods rich in prebiotics, try onions, leeks, bananas, asparagus, and peas.

Foods high in dietary fiber are another healthy choice that has been shown to help with digestion.  According to the Mayo Clinic, a high-fiber diet has many benefits including slower digestion, as well as lower cholesterol and blood glucose.  It’s also been proven to help with bloating and constipation.  Some foods that contain high levels of fiber include black beans, pears, artichokes, broccoli, avocados, raspberries, and brussels sprouts.  As for foods you should try to avoid, refined sugar and additives common in processed and refined foods can be harmful to both body and brain functioning of your child.  

Diet is one essential component of your child’s overall health and wellness plan. To learn more about Tiny Tots Therapy and the ways our team can help your little ones reach their potential, visit our website or stop by one of our locations today.