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Super Museum Sunday in Savannah

Jessi Dolnik - Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Georgia History Festival‘s Super Museum Sunday will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at participating sites throughout Georgia. Read More

Sensory Saturdays at the Sandbox

Jessi Dolnik - Monday, January 21, 2019

Beginning January 2019, on the last Saturday of each month, the Sandbox will open their doors an hour early exclusively for families with children who have sensory processing differences or those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (children with other developmental challenges are also welcome). Read More

Video Games and Physical Therapy

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Technology is becoming more present in people’s everyday routine. Whether it is phones, computers, video games, or tablets people are using technology more and more every day. So how do we get kids to be more active in this day and age when technology is so prevalent? One way is to limit screen time and encourage kids to play outside, but on rainy or cold days this is not always possible. Another option is to use technology to get kids more active.

Using active video games such as Xbox Kinect or the Wii are great ways to get kids up and moving. These games can help improve your child’s gross motor skills such as jumping, balance, and coordination. They can also be used to help improve your child’s body awareness. Active video games may promote physical activity in individuals striving to improve balance, undergoing rehabilitation, who have an acute or chronic illness, or who have a physical or developmental impairment, according to a 2014 study published by the NCBI. This study found promising results for improved health outcomes related to therapy, including significantly greater or comparable effects of AVG play versus usual care. 

Another study compared active video games to exercise. Japanese researchers measured the metabolic equivalent values (a standard method of estimating energy expenditure) of 12 people ages 25 to 44 as they played Wii sports games and did Wii fitness programs. Light-intensity exercise is less than three METs, moderate-intensity exercise is three to six METs and vigorous activity is more than six METs, according to the American Heart Association. The study found that 23 activities had two to three METs; nine activities had three to four METs; and five activities had more than four METs

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/active-video-games-count-exercise/story?id=9099087  Read More

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

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