VISION THERAPY: EYE SEE YOU

It was an exciting day when Real Connections warmly welcomed Dr. Derek Tong, who works with children as well as adults as a vision development optometrist. I was looking forward to the training session because in the past I wanted to be an optometrist and I was curious to see how it connected with special needs children. I have a strong passion working with children on the autism spectrum because of their positive energy and high spirits. Dr. Tong provides services for vision therapy, reading problems, brain injury, and stroke…

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A Closer Look at Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity is when the brain is continually changing, creating new connections and constantly reorganizing in response to lifestyle and environment. The brain is amazing and can rewire itself, by the ability to adapt to new experiences. Changes occur in the neural pathways because of the change in behavior which is why Real Connections is using the concept of neuroplasticity in our work. The brain controls movement, feeling and pain within the body. For example, for a child who can’t move their feet in order to walk in coordination the problem…

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Losing My Senses Gave Me Sight

 By: Yael Moldovan ‘I am not sure sharing this experience will help others but I am positive of how it helped me.   I was more sick than I have been in years.  I could not move.  I had no desire to eat or to talk or to watch a movie.  I just remained frozen in the same position staring at a wall or at an unchanged channel on TV.   For more than a week.  I only got up to shower and I barely did that.   Breathing hurt to…

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Quick Thinking, Slow Breathing: How to Respond when a Child is Traumatized

By Rebekah Springs What is Trauma? I used to think that trauma was reserved for the really big, overwhelming events in a person’s life. Car crashes, sudden deaths, natural disasters, and severe physical abuse came to mind.   But Dr. Peter Levine, who has written extensively on the subject of trauma, its origin and its effect on the body, and whose background is in medical biophysics, stress, and psychology, says that trauma extends to seemingly everyday experiences, especially when it comes to child trauma.   Whether you are an educator,…

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Making Sense of Our Lives

Real Connections co-hosted a conference on Adolescence, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Autism in February. The day was full of energy and enthusiasm for everyone involved. One of our staff that attended the conference, Rebekah Springs, was inspired by the day to share some of her reflections with us. Her words here keep the inspiration and neurodevelopmental lessons moving forward. Thanks Rebekah! Making Sense of our Lives By Rebekah Springs February 6, 2014 found me clutching a cup of coffee and a pen, sitting expectantly in an auditorium filled with parents, teachers,…

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