6 Strategies to Minimize Meltdowns Over the Holidays

There is often great anticipation and preparation around the holiday season: family gatherings, holiday parties, weeks off school, traveling to see distant relatives, and frequently disruptions to established schedules and routines. As a result, the holidays can be an overwhelming time for adults and children alike. For individuals with sensory modulation and sensory processing difficulties, this seemingly exciting time of year often…
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These treatment activities will support core activation if…

…the child is able to: assume the position against gravity while maintaining alignment of the head, neck, spine and limb girdles sustain alignment while demonstrating an unrestricted, dynamic breath maintain quality of control and strength of the head, neck, and spine with visual focus demonstrate continued strength and endurance while participating in activity in all planes of movement If you are missing…
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Avoiding the Summer Slide: How Families Can Continue with Therapeutic Listening® When School Is Out

As summer approaches, anticipation is rising at schools across the country. When you glance around the school, it is hard to tell who is more excited at the thought of warm summer days—the students or the staff. Summer is an exciting time for many, filled with a sense of freedom from the structure and routine of the school year. As therapists, this…
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Science behind functional outcomes: rhythm and the vestibular system

Rhythm and the Vestibular System

Since the inception of Therapeutic Listening® 23 years ago, I have had multiple conversations with therapists and parents alike questioning: How is it possible that filtered music can have such a widespread impact on functional outcomes? The answer to this question is rooted in the science behind music, rhythm, and the inner ear. As I think back to my initial experiences using…
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Meet Your Colleagues from Around the World

Wow! May and June were busy months at Vital Links! In this month’s newsletter, we wanted to highlight some of the visionary therapists from our recent travel to South Africa, Boston, and Malaysia. After spending quality time both in and out of the clinic, we were struck by each therapist’s passion and commitment to improving the lives of the people they serve…
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