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4th of July

Jessi Dolnik - Monday, July 02, 2018

While many of us look forward to the parades and fireworks on the 4th of July, it can be overwhelming and stressful for children with Autism or sensory processing difficulties.  Below are some tips for making this Independence Day enjoyable for the whole family: Read More


Hurricane Preparedness Week

Jessi Dolnik - Thursday, May 31, 2018

Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed May 27 through June 2 to be South Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week. SCEMD, county emergency managers and the National Weather Service urge citizens to take time now to prepare for major emergency like hurricanes by reviewing their family emergency plans, developing a disaster supplies kit and talking with family members about what could happen during a crisis. Read More


Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Jessi Dolnik - Wednesday, May 09, 2018

The National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is Thursday May 10th, 2018, with a theme of: “Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma.” On this day, more than 1,100 communities and 170 national collaborating organizations and federal programs plan local Awareness Day activities and events around the country, including an event in Washington, DC, hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which will bring together governors’ spouses, youth and family leaders, senior federal officials, and executives from leading professional health organizations for a town hall discussion on how to transform child serving systems to be more trauma informed. Trauma-Informed Care is a hot topic in pediatric healthcare right now. The American Psychological Association defines trauma as “an emotional response to a terrible event,” which can include experiencing a natural disaster, neglect/abandonment, abuse, or witnessing violence. Read More


Sensory-Friendly Kazoo Factory Tour

Jessi Dolnik - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

We have an exciting event planned for next Saturday! Kazoobie Kazoos and Lowcountry Therapy are teaming to provide a sensory-friendly tour of the kazoo factory, to see how kazoos are made, start to finish, learn about the history of the kazoo and similar instruments, and make you very own kazoo! Read More


Lowcountry Autism Foundation

Jessi Dolnik - Friday, April 20, 2018

Tomorrow Lowcountry Autism Foundation (LAF) will be holding an event called Ales for Autism. It will take place on Saturday April 21st from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. It will take place at Southern Barrel Brewing Company. Southern Barrel will donate 10% of sales from 5-9pm to LAF. There will also be raffles and a silent auction. Please visit our Facebook page for more event details. 

Lowcountry Autism Foundation (LAF) is located on Hilton Head Island and helps to provide resources for children with autism and their families. All programs and resources are FREE and covered by LAF. Sign up and receive free programs and resources. Below is a list of the different resources and programs offered by LAF.

Family Support Services Read More


April is Occupational Therapy Month

Jessi Dolnik - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April is Occupational Therapy Month, and we are excited to celebrate this awesome field and the wonderful occupational therapists who promote OT on a daily basis! I’ll start by answering this frequently asked question: Read More


Autism Awareness Month

Jessi Dolnik - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April is dedicated as Autism Awareness Month. So what exactly is autism, and what is the difference between autism and autism spectrum disorder? Previously, autism had distinct sub-types such as autistic disorder, Asperger, childhood disintegrative behavior, etc. Recently the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5thEdition (DSM-5) has put all autism disorders into the umbrella term of autism spectrum disorder or ASD.  According to Autismspeaks.org, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a term for complex disorders of brain development that vary in degree of severity. ASD can cause difficulties with social interaction, communication, repetitive behaviors, motor coordination, and intellectual disabilities. Autism typically emerges between the ages of 2 and 3 years old. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in America 1 in 68 children are on the autism spectrum. Read More


Purple Day

Jessi Dolnik - Monday, March 26, 2018

Today is Purple Day!  Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26th annually, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness. Last year, people in dozens of countries on all continents including Antarctica participated in Purple Day! Read More


Trisomy Awareness Month

Jessi Dolnik - Wednesday, March 14, 2018

During Trisomy Awareness Month in March, the NICHD joins other agencies and organizations in raising awareness about trisomy conditions and the challenges they may pose to individuals and families. Read More


Importance of Core Strength

Jessi Dolnik - Friday, February 09, 2018

Core strength refers to the development of the trunk muscles. They help to stabilize and align the trunk, and help the body to maintain proper posture. The core is the center of control for everything else the body does. The muscles associated with core strength include the muscles of the abdomen, pelvis, and back. Poor core strength can cause poor posture which can affect gross motor ad fine motor skills. Poor core strength can also affect breathing and have an effect on speech.  Read More



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