Routines, Remembering Two Friends, & Summer Achievements.
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It may be mid-September, but we’re savoring the last of summer, as we dig in to the activities of fall.  This transitional time brings both reflection and anticipation, as well as renewal of commitments and creation of new routines.  This newsletter brings you flavors of each.

For many of you, the beginning of the school calendar is like the beginning of a new year.  It is for us at Pediatric Therapeutics too.  And it’s an ideal time to reaffirm our mission.  Just over thirty years ago, our center was established with the goal of providing exceptional therapeutic services that combine the art and science of therapy with loving care to help create positive change for children and their families, teachers and communities.  And now, in September 2016, we continue to work with this dedicated purpose. 

A most delicious jumbo thank you to each of you for allowing the therapists at Pediatric Therapeutics to be a part of your lives,

Sheila & Anne

Each month, the staff of Pediatric Therapeutics will answer a
question asked by parents, professionals or patients.

This month’s query is: How do routines contribute to a sense of wellbeing and what can I do to get a few solid routines in place at home?

If there’s any month that brings talk about routine, it’s September.  Whether you’re welcoming the first weeks of a new school year or saying your goodbyes to summer, or both, you’ve likely been giving some thought to how your days are shaping up. And that’s where routine, a sequence of actions regularly followed, comes in. We all need them, especially when sensory processing, sequencing,  motor planning, motor control, executive function, language or anxiety are challenging for ourselves or a family member.  

Routines can be beneficial or problematic.  They can form naturally as we find, repeat, and build upon behavioral patterns that help us reach our goals, or they can be deliberately developed.  Routines are of benefit to mind and body in many ways.

Here’s a dozen ways in which routines are helpful!

Celebrate the extraordinary life of our colleague and friend, physical therapist John Chappel (January 22,1953 - August 29, 2016) at a gathering of family and friends Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Basking Ridge Country Club, Basking Ridge, NJ. All are welcome. 

Would you like to offer a special photograph or memory? Bring your happy remembrance to share on the memory wall that will be created on the 24th. Do you have a photo that you would like to share in the slide show that day? Email it to by Sept 19.

John's obituary and donation information can be found at:

There’s something to be said for being prepared!  OTs Missy Briody and Liz Duffy ran an 8 week "Get Set for Kindergarten" group this summer, aimed at refining foundational attention, listening, gross and fine motor, writing, social and self-help skills needed for kindergarten participation. The children, all of whom had previously received individual therapy, had fun acquiring and applying skills in a small group format that fostered sharing abilities and experiences with peers while continuing to work toward goals that had been established in their individual treatment. Some favorite activities, enjoyed by group members and therapists alike, included a shredded wheat starfish, an outdoor "letter and number hunt" through the local neighborhood, back pack orientation, and snack practice with lunch boxes. These Kindergarteners are off to a successful start! 

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” – Anatole France
Our friend, Manny Friedman, loved animals with all his heart and soul.  And he holds a special place in the heart of Pediatric Therapeutics.  The Manny L. Friedman Foundation carries on Manny’s life devotion to animal wellbeing and pet care through its support of no-kill animal shelters throughout the US and its mission to make every animal smile.  Help honor Manny and fund this nonprofit organization by attending the first annual Manny L. Friedman Foundation fundraiser - Blue Man Group at the Astor Place Theatre NYC September 25 – some tickets are still available!  Buy raffle tickets.  Make a donation.  For information,

Peak performance evolves.  Ask anyone who is accomplished what it has taken to acquire extraordinary ability, and the answer will somehow include consistent effort, no matter what!  Our work with your children and families teaches us this lesson.  Check out this video for a taste of accomplishment.  This young swimmer has been working for years to get his left arm and leg to move and to sync them up with his right side, and this summer he experienced successes like never before.

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330 Main Street, Chatham, NJ 07928
T: 973.635.0202
F: 973.635.9609
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7:00 AM -7:30 PM Weekdays
7:30 AM -1:00 PM Saturdays
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