Parental & Therapy Resources
Tools + Tips to Help Your Child Grow
Education for You and Your Family
After spending over 20 years helping children and their families through therapy services, we’ve come across some amazing resources that are too good not to share! We encourage you to look into the following resources to learn more about what your child is experiencing and discover ways to help them grow.
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STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder
The STAR Institute is a treatment center that shares research and educates children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), including feeding disorders and sensory issues associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, and other related disorders.
The Sensory Smarts website offers practical solutions for the daily challenges many families experience while raising a child with difficulties in sensory processing. This website shares parent-friendly advice from tooth-brushing to haircutting and bath-time to bedtime.
Understood: Sensory Processing Disorder
Understood is a non-profit initiative designed for informational and educational purposes. You’ll find expert advice and insights, strategies to use at home, and information to help support your child successfully.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
The Reach Autism Clinic program evaluates children as young as 24 months of age through adulthood to determine if the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is appropriate.
STAR Autism Support
The STAR curriculum program is an ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) instructional method of discrete trial training, pivotal response training, and functional routines instruction, which provides a comprehensive curriculum for children with autism. The STAR Program has been validated by multiple independent randomized control trials.
The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting each person’s development to its fullest potential. ICDL is also the home of DIRFloortime®, which is recognized as the next generation of evidence-based intervention for autism and other developmental challenges.
Kidsource Family Services, Inc.
Kidsource Families is a non-profit organization that provides programs for kids with special needs and their families. Examples include Arkansas First Connections Program, Hippotherapy scholarships, the Sensory Santa event, the Fall Fest event, etc.
Arkansas Autism Resource & Outreach Center (AAROC)
The Arkansas Autism Resource & Outreach Center (AAROC) is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide direction & support to families of individuals diagnosed with ASD. They offer parental support, professional & community education and training, and activities to promote awareness and acceptance.
Handwriting Without Tears
The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum offers developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory handwriting instruction for all learning styles with innovative materials and strategies. Many therapists at KidSource utilize this program for our clients, kindergarten through 5th grade.
Integrated Listening Systems (ILS)
Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) is a multi-sensory program for improving brain function. The activities are fun and customizable for all ages, skill levels, and environments, including clinics, schools, and homes.
Your Therapy Source
Your Therapy Source (YTS) is an online resource for both parents and professionals. It provides advice, information, worksheets, and activities for special education, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is a nationwide organization that strives to enhance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network. UCP works to include individuals with disabilities in every area of life through educating, advocating, and supporting these individuals and their families.
Move Forward is a website provided by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) which covers resources for individuals of all ages and a broad range of disorders, injuries, and disabilities that may require physical therapy intervention.
Speech & Language Therapy
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) was developed in 1985 as a unique augmentative/alternative communication intervention package for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related developmental disabilities. PECS has received worldwide recognition for focusing on the initiation component of communication, although it does not require complex or expensive materials. It was created for families, educators, and resident care providers to use in various settings.
The National Stuttering Foundation
The National Stuttering Association (NSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hope and empowerment to children and adults who stutter and their families through support, education, advocacy, and research.
Apraxia Kids provides a comprehensive website for information on Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), including verbal dyspraxia, developmental apraxia of speech, and other speech and language topics. This information is valuable for parents, speech-language pathologists, and teachers.
Mommy Speech Therapy
Mommy Speech Therapy is a blog created by a speech-language pathologist that serves as a resource for parents. It offers tips, techniques, reproducible worksheets, and activities for families to help their children become stronger communicators.
Feeding & Swallowing Therapy
Beckman Oral Motor Protocol
The Beckman Oral Motor Protocol includes interventions that provide assisted movement to build strength through activating muscle contraction and moving against resistance. These interventions focus on increasing functional response to pressure & movement, range, strength, variety, and control of oral movements. The KidSource feeding therapy staff utilizes this protocol for assessments and intervention.
SOS Approach to Feeding
The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding program is an effective way to address problematic feeding behaviors in various settings and populations. It uses a transdisciplinary team approach to assess the whole child: organ systems, muscles, sensory development, oral-motor, learning & behavior, cognition, nutrition, and environment.
Melanie Potock: Pediatric Feeding Expert & Author
Melanie Potock is the parent of a picky eater and a speech-language pathologist who provides expert advice and practical parenting strategies to help the entire family eat healthier.
Discover More Information to Help Your Child Succeed
Our team at Kidsource is always willing to answer questions and educate parents so they can aid in their child’s development.