Should Families Always Pursue an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis?
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Should Families Always Pursue an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis?

As a pediatric occupational therapist, I used to encourage the families who asked, to pursue an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis because it opened up doors.  In the states that I have worked in, sometimes that meant an easier time getting an IEP.  More services from early intervention.  Automatic qualification into the district special education preschool. …

Why Child Development is MORE Complicated than a Developmental Milestone Checklist
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Why Child Development is MORE Complicated than a Developmental Milestone Checklist

Why More is Needed than a Developmental Milestone Checklist to Evaluate a Child’s Development For years I have said to families and friends…… Pediatricians are developmental screeners. THEY ARE NOT THE EXPERT. Neither do I want them to be. I want my pediatrician to be able to diagnose my child if they have a serious…

Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR)
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Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR)

The Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR) and Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR) are two reflexes that are critical for a child’s learning and motor development.  These two reflexes are the reflexes I assess most for integration and retainment as a pediatric occupational therapist. Primitive reflexes are present at birth and integrated as a child grows. Reflexes are…