Ascent Blog

Is Your Child as Safe as Possible in the Car?

For many parents, the answer to this question is no. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in children older than one year old in the United States.  Many of these deaths can be prevented. Even though child passenger safety on the state level has evolved dramatically over the years, more work remains for advocates of child safety and injury prevention. Despite this progress, approximately 1,500 children younger... Read More

April is Occupational Therapy Month!

Spring is in the air!  The sound of birds chirping, the warmth of the sun, the smell of blooming flowers……aaaaah!   I love this time of year! Walking barefoot on the warm sidewalk, rolling down soft grassy hills and drawing smiley faces with sidewalk chalk are fond memories I have from my childhood.  We learn about the world through our senses—taste, smell, sight, touch, hearing and movement.  We link certain smells,... Read More

Does your child need speech therapy?

When asking parents when they come in for a speech and language evaluation “Do you have any concerns with your child’s speech?” many parents report their child is not correctly producing certain sounds. Upon completion of the evaluation they are often puzzled as to why their child did not qualify. “But they cannot say their “l” or “r” sounds!” the parents say. Articulation, which is the pronunciation of speech sounds... Read More

INSIDE, OUTSIDE and UPSIDE DOWN

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.” ~Fred Rogers With the heightened emphasis on academic learning and an increased dependence on technology in the pre-K and elementary education, many children are missing out on movement experiences that are the foundation for normal development and learning. As a result, these children may appear overly active, have difficulty... Read More

The Not So Happy Plate

As parents, we often worry whether our children are eating enough.  They pick through their food at one meal barely eating anything and devour it at the next.  Their eating seems so unpredictable.  Most often children are labeled “picky eaters.”  Back in the day when I was a child (picture big hair and loud Bon Jovi music-yes, the 80s!), eating everything on your plate at mealtime was generally the expectation. ... Read More