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Welcome to the second installment of our newsletter! As the trees and flowers begin to awaken, we are reminded of how refreshing it feels to shake off winter and usher in SPRING---a time of rebirth and renewal. This month as we shine a spotlight on Autism Awareness, we also celebrate Occupational Therapy month, we highlight The Three Little Birds Fund and Community Outreach in the form of preschool screenings which Anne will be conducting, we share our fun and therapeutic Zones Of Regulation group and we introduce you to the MELT method—a self-treatment modality that helps people get out and stay out of chronic pain.


Anne and Sheila

Occupational therapy is a profession that uses purposeful activity therapeutically to help people of all ages make changes – changes that enable a person to create, define, refine, and/or fulfill life roles. And April’s the month to celebrate it!

OT had its beginnings as “moral treatment and occupation” in Europe in the late 1700s, an approach that treated one’s emotions through occupation, explained as the "goal-directed use of time, energy, interests and attention”. Officially established as a profession in the US nearly one hundred years ago, OT is holistic, rooted in science and evidence based. It focuses on both the individual and the environment, as well as the importance of “doing”. 

At Pediatric Therapeutics, five OTs offering 120 years collective pediatric experience, work to help determine and remediate underlying contributors to their clients’ identified difficulties participating in various childhood occupations including play, learning, relationship building, movement activities, leisure, rest and self care. 

Find out more about occupational therapy and the OTs at Pediatric Therapeutics on the Pediatric Therapeutics Facebook page this month.
Three Little Birds, a new charitable fund under the Community Foundation of NJ, is here to help families with therapy costs and Pediatric Therapeutics is one of the first therapy clinics selected for participation in their scholarship program.   

The fund is the dream of parents who have been involved with pediatric therapies due to the needs of two of their three children. Over the years they have come to recognize the connection between therapy and their children’s successes, while also realizing how difficult it is for families to bear the responsibility for what they refer to as “essential” therapies while managing typical family expenses. 

The Three Little Birds Fund offers a scholarship program that provides assistance to qualifying families who want to provide therapies for their children but may not have the means to do so. It offers financial assistance to organizations that help empower children with special needs as well.

Find out more about Three Little Birds at The website includes additional information about its mission, children/families served, how to apply for therapy scholarship and how to donate to the fund. A blog about Three Little Birds can be found on

Each spring and fall, therapists from Pediatric Therapeutics participate in preschool screenings. By regularly traveling to area preschool and kindergarten programs, we have established extensive professional relationships with directors, classroom teachers, aides and parents. These relationships have allowed for continued collaboration, education and interaction among professionals, families, and students. 

Screenings provide an opportunity for a child to briefly engage with a licensed/certified and experienced therapist who is then able to identify areas of potential concern which may warrant further inspection. They allow parents and educators to ask important questions and make appropriate outside referrals. Screenings help determine whether or not a child is on target for his/her age in development of sensory-motor (gross and fine), social/emotional, speech sound production and language skills.

April is a busy month for speech/language screenings, with Speech-Language Pathologist and Co-Director Anne Toolajian visiting several area schools including Madison Montessori School, Rainbow Montessori and St. Andrew’s Preschool and Kindergarten. As always, we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work together with trusted educators in our area on behalf of their students, and feel honored to be able to give back to the community through these valued interactions.

The Zones of Regulation
A Practical Approach to Self Control

8-week group at Pediatric Therapeutics
began February 17 and concluded on April 6.

Emotions affect what we do and how we do it. What we do affects our emotions. Emotionality is a dimension of self-regulation, as is arousal, activity level, attention and organization. The relationship between self-regulation, emotionality and behavior is very real for all of us and has the potential to make a tremendous difference in daily life when practically addressed.

The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum designed to foster self-regulation and emotional control. In a small group format, children become familiar with four different “zones” or states of self- regulation/emotionality. Participants learn to recognize when they are in each state. They acquire calming and cognitively-based strategies, and sensory supports for their own use in controlling their actions, increasing self-control, and skillfully solving problems. First published in 2011, The Zones of Regulation is successfully used in schools and clinics internationally. Pediatric Therapeutics “Zones” groups began in 2013. Since then, groups have been and will continue to be run for children of various ages from kindergarten through early teens. Often led by Liz Duffy, OTR and Missy Briody, MS, OTR,  the group incorporates a variety of sensory-motor and relationship-based activities into the Zones curriculum, and includes daily life experiences of the participants and their families in their child/family-centered approach. 

To find out more about the curriculum go to

In related news, Liz Duffy, OTR, will be the guest speaker discussing Self-Regulation at the Annual BFF Event at Kean University on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016.  Organized by the Student OT Association at Kean University, the day features activities and resources for children and adults with Autism.

The event will run from 10am-2pm in the Miron Student Center at Kean University. Please email SOTA@KEAN.EDU for more information.

Daily living creates stress and tension within one's body. Physical stressors may range from sitting at a desk to running a marathon. Emotional, mental and environmental stressors also put a strain on our bodies. When the connective tissue is hydrated and free of stuck stress, our body functions more efficiently and natural healing occurs daily. MELT is a breakthrough technique that directly addresses stuck stress and slows down the aging process by rehydrating connective tissue and rebalancing the nervous system. It's a simple self-treatment technique that reduces chronic pain and helps us stay healthy, youthful and active for a lifetime. MELT is so gentle that you can do it every day. Yet all it takes is just 10 minutes, three times a week, to experience immediate and long-lasting benefits.

Pediatric Therapeutics is pleased to offer an "Intro to MELT Method" workshop led by Patrice Dlugos. Please join us on Monday 4/25 from 7 to 8:30pm. For more information and to RSVP, call Liz Platt at 973-635-0202!
Pediatric Therapeutics
330 Main Street, Chatham, NJ 07928
T: 973.635.0202  F: 973.635.9609
Hours of Operation:
7:00 AM -7:30 PM Weekdays
7:30 AM -1:00 PM Saturdays
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