Spectrum Pediatrics

We offer speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, as well as feeding therapy and tube weaning through at Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics

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Let's Discuss Black Lives Matter (How To Teach Your Children That BLM)

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It's time to get very real, and have a talk that is long overdue. I hope you will join me in hearing what I believe will create the change so many of us are ...

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31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

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embracerace.org Beyond addressing issues of race and racism, this children’s reading list focuses on taking action. It highlights resistance, resilience and activism; and seeks to empower youth to participate in the ongoing movement for racial justice.

In order to honor the life of George Floyd, acknowledge the racism that is embedded in our society, and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of color, Spectrum Pediatrics will be pausing our social media presence this week.
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We will be replacing our content with resources to help parents raise anti-racist kids, recommendations to support businesses owned by people of color, and thoughts and images that can inspire change.

Stories with Spectrum: “How Are You? / Cómo Estàs? By Angela Dominguez

Good afternoon!! Today’s story hour is with Noemí and her daughter. They’re reading “How Are You? / Cómo Estàs? By Angela Dominguez. We hope you love this story as much as we do!

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🚨 NEW TUBE TO TABLE EPISODE:
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Episode 42: The Measurement Trap
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On this week’s episode of Tube to Table, Jennifer is joined by Jamie Hinchey, a member of the Tube Weaning program at Thrive. Jennifer and Jamie are talking about the measurement trap and how families can easily get caught up in it.
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This episode will dive into why it is so important to shift towards more responsive strategies, and how to identify success without focusing on the numbers.
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To listen to Episode 42, you can download it from Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, download from iTunes here:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tube-to-table/id1458390904.

To find our shownotes check out our blog here: https://www.thrivewithspectrum.com/tube-to-table-episode-42-the-measurement-trap/
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Stories with Spectrum: “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister

Today’s story hour is with Brianna! She is reading “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister. We hope you enjoy!

Stories with Spectrum: “How Do Dinosaurs Say I’M MAD” by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Happy Friday! Today’s story hour is with our OT, Ashley. She is reading “How Do Dinosaurs Say I’M MAD” by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Stories with Spectrum: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss

Today’s story hour is with one of our speech therapists, Danielle. She’s reading “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. We hope this story brightens your Monday!

Stories with Spectrum: “The Cat at the Corcoran” by Ann Zane Fels

Today’s story hour is with one of our speech therapists, Ruth! She is reading “The Cat at the Corcoran” by Ann Zane Fels. There is a wonderful surprise at the end so make sure you watch until the end. We hope you enjoy this special story hour!

How has teletherapy been going for you and your family? This can be a tough transition, but remember that there are so many benefits to therapy happening in your child’s natural environment. Having their own toys that they always play with, or their sibling there to interact with can help for more realistic carryover.
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At Thrive, we always make a joint plan with parents towards the end of sessions so parents can feel empowered and comfortable working on strategies at home. If this isn’t happening for you, reach out to your therapist and ask about how to improve carryover.
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We hope everyone has had a great start to their week! Today's story hour is with our speech and feeding therapist, Jamie! She is reading "Put Me In The Zoo" by Robert Lopshire. Enjoy!!

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✍️ NEW BLOG POST: The Thrive Parent’s Bill of Rights for Feeding Therapy
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When it comes to learning to eat, the parent and the child are inextricably linked. Feeling safe and connected is at the core of eating, and should also be at the core of all feeding therapies that are aimed at helping your child overcome their feeding challenges.
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We created this Parent's Bill of Rights to help parents take the steps they need to help themselves and their child navigate the world of feeding therapy.
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Check out our recent blog post here: https://www.thrivewithspectrum.com/the-thrive-parents-bill-of-rights-for-feeding-therapy/
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Stories with Spectrum: “It’s Not Easy Being A Bunny” by Marilyn Sadler

Happy Friday!! Today’s story hour is with Brianna. She is reading “It’s Not Easy Being A Bunny” by Marilyn Sadler. We hope you enjoy this fun book!

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Stories with Spectrum: “Hug Machine” by Scott Campbell.

Today’s story hour is with our occupational therapist, Ashley! She is reading “Hug Machine” by Scott Campbell. In a time when hugs are missed, we hope you enjoy this story!

Have extra toilet paper rolls or boxes from all those deliveries laying around? Don’t throw them in the recycling just yet...use them for pretend play! You can make an airplane and “fly” around the yard. Use the rolls to make a tunnel for all those pretend trains or cars. Time to get creative! Tag us in your favorite activities!
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Today's "Stories with Spectrum" is with one of our speech therapists, Heidi!

We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Today's story hour is with one of our speech therapists, Heidi! She is reading "Homer the Beachcomber" by Janet Craig

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Stories with Spectrum: “Make Way For Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey

Happy Friday! We have a special treat today - Brianna’s husband is reading one of his childhood books today for our story hour. We hope you enjoy!

🙌🏻This is especially important today. Being around your little one so much means that their little ears are always listening! Think about how you’re talking to your children and also how you talk about yourself in front of your kids.
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With more time together, continue to provide positive feedback and give your little ones all the love! ❤️
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Does your house look like this most of the time? So many parents have reached out about screen time and how to manage it, or if they should even worry about it right now. Here are a few tips:
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Adults are most likely watching more TV, so naturally your children might be! That’s okay. You can get back into a routine, but it’s also okay to give yourself a break.
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Take turns choosing the show! For 20 minutes Dad can choose, then mom, then your little one! This gives time for engagement and turn-taking, while still allowing everyone to rest.
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Engage with your child during tv time! Ask questions, sing songs, pause and do some pretend play like the character!
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Stories with Spectrum: “Tú y Yo” by Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds

Happy Wednesday! You’re half way through the week! Today’s story hour is with one of our speech therapists, Noemí. She’s reading a story in Spanish today called “Tú y Yo” by Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds. Enjoy!

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Today’s story hour with Brianna!

Stories with Spectrum: “Sometimes I’m Bombaloo” by Rachel Vail

Today Brianna, one of our speech therapists, is reading “Sometimes I’m Bombaloo” by Rachel Vail. We hope this story brightens your Monday!!

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Stories with Spectrum: “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak

Happy Friday!!!! Today’s story hour is with one of our speech therapists, Danielle. She’s reading one of her childhood favorites, “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak

This is especially true today. Emotions are changing constantly, there are feelings of uncertainty, and that’s okay. Little ones feel it too, and you might see that in their behavior or moods. Remember that if we as adults are feeling strange being out of our routine, so are they! Here are a few ways to help bring calm fo the chaos:
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Remember to give extra hugs, remind your little one that their grandparents will come visit again, play dates will happen soon, and for now, we get to enjoy extra family time. Set up virtual play dates. Use this time to teach new emotions and find ways to incorporate that into your daily routine!
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Stories with Spectrum: “Lola Dutch” by Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright

Happy Wednesday! Today’s story hour is with Jamie! She is reading “Lola Dutch” by Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright.

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Stories with Spectrum: “The Trouble With Elephants” by Chris Riddell

Today’s story hour is with one of our speech therapists, Heidi! She is reading one of her favorite books, “The Trouble With Elephants” by Chris Riddell. We hope you enjoy!!

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🚨Keep saying this out loud to yourself. It’s SO important, especially right now. We’ve talked a lot recently about giving yourself a break, the importance of quality time with your children, and why this isn’t a “regression”.
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Your child needs your love, comfort, and acceptance right now. The bite of broccoli isn’t as important. Build the comfort and trust, everybody needs it.
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🌧 It’s a rainy day here, which means time to find an activity inside! That’s not an easy task, but have you thought about building a fort? This can be as easy as taking a sheet and throwing it over the furniture OR building a fort with a box.
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You can use this activity to work on so many different skills! Have your child follow directions fo build the fort, practice taking turns, work on pretend play and ask “Who lives in this fort?” Have fun!!
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Happy Friday! Today’s story hour is with Ashley, one of our OT’s! Enjoy :)

Stories with Spectrum: “Little Blue Truck” by Alice Schertle

Happy Friday! Today’s story hour is with our OT, Ashley! She is reading “Little Blue Truck” by Alice Schertle, which provides lots of opportunities for practicing sounds. Enjoy!

Our top tips: “Algunos mitos sobre el desarrollo del idioma en niños bilingues.”

Today’s top tip is shared by our bilingual speech therapist, Noemí. She is discussing some myths about bilingual children learning language or “algunos mitos sobre el desarrollo del idioma en niños bilingues.”

Some of these myths include:
-Exposing an infant to more than one language can cause a speech delay.
-A child can only learn one language at a time
-Teaching 2 languages at one time can confuse a child
-If you don’t learn a second language in childhood, you cannot be bilingual.

Esperamos les ayude y si necesitan alguna consulta no duden en contactarnos. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions!

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Today’s story hour is with Brianna! She’s reading “the Pout-Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen!

Stories with Spectrum: “the Pout-Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen

Today’s story hour is with Brianna! She is reading “the Pout-Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen. This story can help turn a frown upside down 🙂

We’ve been sharing a few of our favorite tips and stories this week, but we want to give a friendly reminder that you are doing an AMAZING job! Take this time to relax, get more cuddles than usual, and enjoy that extra time at breakfast!
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You have many different roles right now. Teacher, therapist, mom, dad, babysitter. Take this time to remember that although you are working so hard to implement virtual learning, they’re also learning SO much from time with you! Building your relationship with your child and spending time with them is so important.
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It’s time to bake! Baking can be a great way to have some fun with your little ones, switch up the routine, and break up the day! Cupcakes are great because each child can pick how they want to decorate their own cupcake!
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Baking is a great way to work on language, following directions, joint attention, and play!
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Stories with Spectrum: “I Like It When/ Me Gusta Cuando”

Happy Monday! Today’s story hour is with Noemí and her daughter! They’re reading “I Like It When/ Me Gusta Cuando” by Mary Murphy.

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2869 Duke St
Alexandria, VA
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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
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