Lakeside Expanding!

We are thrilled to let you all know that ICAN is in the process of expanding its operations in the Issaquah area! We will be adding an additional 4500 square feet that will increase our capacity to provide our services to children and families affected by autism. Attached you will find pictures of the space […]

Sensory Stories!

You’ve probably heard of Social StoriesTM, an intervention to teach social skills developed by Carol Gray. Social Stories are effective at teaching kids what to expect during new or unpredictable situations. They also help kids learn what behaviors are acceptable choices in different situations. Sensory Stories are very similar to Social Stories with the focus […]

Dyspraxia!

Dyspraxia. Have you heard of it? Can you guess what it means? Even if you think you have no idea what it is, you’ve undoubtedly seen it in kids and adults and didn’t know what to call it! Check out this brief overview from the National Center for Learning Disabilities that explains what dyspraxia is […]

Feeding Series Continued

Last month we started a blog series on mealtime challenges in children with autism. In continuing with this series, here is some more information on making mealtime a more positive experience:   Making Meal Time Fun!   How many of your kids grimace each time you go to wipe their face?  Pat, Pat, Pat is […]

Making Meal Time a Positive Experience

When thinking about and interacting with kids who have autism we are often treating skills related to social interactions, play and motor skills.  After all, these are some of the areas most commonly associated with autism. A frequent area of concern that often goes unnoticed are frustrations around mealtime. “My child can’t sit at meal […]

Activities of Daily Living!

Week one of OT month has begun with an emphasis on ADLs (Activities of Daily Living)!  Activities of daily living are our everyday routine tasks that we engage in that include eating, bathing, dressing, grooming, transferring, and toileting.  Learning to participate in self-care tasks is an exciting time in a child’s life and provides children […]

Occupational Therapy Month Kickoff!

Welcome to National Occupational Therapy Month! This March, we will emphasize the following skill areas each week: WEEK 1: Activities of Daily Living WEEK 2: Fine Motor WEEK 3: Sensory Processing WEEK 4: Play …so stay tuned for our weekly blog posts with tips and activities to promote each OT skill area! Continue reading to […]

In Support of Sensory Integration

Dr. Anna Jean Ayres coined the term “sensory integration dysfunction” in the 1960’s, but sensory integration (SI) treatment has only recently gained attention in the medical field.  Research in this area is still in its infancy and substantial work is needed before enough thorough empirical data are available to reach valid conclusions about the effectiveness […]

Tricky Eaters

It’s a scene many parents are familiar with: it’s been a busy day with work, school, and playdates.  Dinner is finally ready, it’s on the table, you just want to sit down to enjoy time with your family…and your child refuses to eat.  Many kids on the autism spectrum have limited diets and eating is […]