FAQs


1. Does insurance pay for services?
Please contact your insurance company to determine benefits. Teeny Tots Therapy is not a “preferred provider” for any one insurance company at this time.

2. Why will my child need treatment – I already swing them at home?
Sometimes it appears that children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or just difficulty processing sensory input, require a high intensity of movement or tactile/proprioceptive input which parents do not always know to provide, or the child know to request.

3. Why does my child become more vocal with movement?
The movement and speech “centers” in the brain are very close to one another and as a result movement (if intense enough, and the sufficient duration needed) will often provide the “connections” needed neurologically to produce sounds/speech. A speech pathologist is then needed to facilitate and approximate language from this “sound” production.

4. My child fusses with bath time/hair washing/nail trimming/haircuts/tooth brushing and it seems to be very stressful.  Why?
All these self care activities involve a tactile component (see tactile) and when a child is hyper sensitive to touch, these activities are genuinely unpleasant and distressful to them.  The fear of water splashing on oneself unexpectedly in the bathtub, tipping one’s head backward or forward for hair washing and getting splashed or having the hair buzzer or hair scissors too close, make these activities very challenging for both the parents and children.
Suggestions:

  • showers over tubs
  • swim goggles in the tub
  • nail cutting when asleep at night
  • wear heavy (x-ray) blanket or other weighted item when having hair cut
  • sucking on a lollipop/chewing something during these activities
  • battery operated toothbrush

5. Getting to sleep at naptime or at night is a long process. My child does not seem to settle easily. What can I do? Having difficulty settling down is thought to be a regulation difficulty where the child is not able to “turn off their    engine” sufficiently to be able to go to sleep within a few minutes of being put down.

Suggestions:

  • intense “horseplay/rough house” close to bedtime – if this is intense and long enough it will help the child     settle
  • music playing in the room through the night/rhythmical with a regular beat vs. gently lullaby
  • darkened windows
  • sleep in a sleeping bag/weighted blanket for additional input

6. Eating- we are down to 2/3 food choices and my child will not try new foods what can I do?
Food smell, texture and taste play a role here and it is difficult to tease them apart and accurately identify which it is. Nutrition remains vital for brain, bone and muscle development, so if a supplement needs to be slipped in, do so while the rest of the detective work is being done. Sometimes it’s even the color of foods, so the best advice is to keep trying to offer a vast selection of foods, and if you can figure out what texture they prefer, offer those foods i.e., if you have to puree meat for them to eat, color milk or blend veggies and place in spaghetti sauce, do it – you are probably facing many other battles, so just put this one aside for now.

7. My child is not talking as much as his/her peers. What can I do?
I am not a speech and language pathologist, but I do know children talk more when playing and moving, and some just need a “jump start” to “unleash” their language, especially when they seem to understand what is said to them and can follow verbal directions. Children start babbling from 6 months of age and should be labeling by their first birthday. Please see a speech pathologist if you feel your child is not doing this.

8. Tantrum/behavior especially during transitions – what can I do?
My child seems to be having difficulty leaving places or when the schedule is changed. The tantrums seem longer than others their age.
Children with some “rigidity” or those whose personal worlds seem a little “out of sync” have more difficulty with unexpected changes, and may need more “warnings” prior to leaving i.e. 5, 3, or 1 minutes. Once a child learns more self regulation (through therapy and other techniques) their tantrum should decrease in duration and frequency.   Suggestions:

  • calendar on fridge with special magnets/stickers so they can plan out their day/week i.e., school vs. or no school, Dr. appointment, play date, shopping, nap, etc

9.     My child is doing well at school but has much difficulty with handwriting and homework. What can I do?

So much more is expected from children today. Genetically, we are not engineered to develop a hand preference until the age of 5-7 years old, but we are expecting kindergartners to have a hand preference, hold a writing utensil and produce written work. Little time is afforded to teachers to “teach” writing and most often this cannot be addressed in the developmental manner needed for both good pencil grasp, penmanship, and letter formation. “Handwriting Without Tears” is a California adopted writing program that is very effective in teaching good handwriting and habits, and only requires about 10 minutes a day. (see resource list for website)