Blog Archive

Sleep: The Foundation for Health Feb 19th, 2020

The Developing Child Newsletter: Issue 3 Insights and Developments in Therapeutic Treatment Approaches for Pediatric Conditions Sleep is a huge topic in parenting literature. There are so many views on how to do it best. We like to look at it from the viewpoint of how it affects the brain...

Vision: A Learned Skill Dec 16th, 2019

THE DEVELOPING CHILD NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 2 INSIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THERAPEUTIC TREATMENT APPROACHES FOR PEDIATRIC CONDITIONS Vision is more than seeing clearly. Seeing clearly is visual acuity and this is what is tested in a standard eye exam. Vision is the ability to perceive our environment, decode the information in...

Houston Airport App May Help Reduce Anxiety About Air Travel for Kids Dec 8th, 2019

An app called Access Houston Airports has been launched by the Houston Airport System. It was designed in collaboration with the Arc of Greater Houston to help kids with disabilities prepare for airport travel.

C is for Coregulation Nov 20th, 2019

HOW COREGULATION CAN HELP TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM. Excerpts from article by Lori Desautels and published on Edutopia on October 15, 2019 We need to understand that traditional discipline works best with the children who need it the least, and works least with the children who need it the most....

Guide to Safe & Sound Protocol Oct 30th, 2019

In this insightful interview, Dr Stephen Porges explains how the Safe And Sound Protocol promotes calming and social engagement and provides a summary of his Polyvagal Theory . Dr Porges provides key tips for parents whose children are doing the SSP protocol about being aware of the extra demands that will result...

ADHD: The Patchy Attention System Oct 24th, 2019

THE DEVELOPING CHILD NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 1 INSIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THERAPEUTIC TREATMENT APPROACHES FOR PEDIATRIC CONDITIONS Welcome to the first edition of our bimonthly newsletter, The Developing Child. The vast amount of research into ADHD and brain function has resulted in ever greater insight into the intricacies and complexities of...

October Challenges Oct 6th, 2019

October can be a difficult time for kids. Halloween is on the horizon, which can cause a mixture of emotions, the demands of school are increasing, and there can be a late year bout of environmental allergies to further add to any frustration and feelings of discomfort. Although most kids...

The Complexity and Importance of Handwriting Aug 22nd, 2019

Most of us never consider the skills required to write legibly, or how poor handwriting performance can effect learning. This blog post by OT Loren Shlaes is a great primer on this. Read more at Minds in Bloom. Pretty much the entire point of an academic education is to enable a...

Handwriting Group Starts September 18 Jun 23rd, 2019

Registration is now open for our next Handwriting Group. It will run from September 18 to October 23. The group meets each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm. This group is ideal for kids ages 5-10 who need to work on improving writing legibility, letter reversals, correct pencil group, and correct...

Why Writing by Hand Could Make You Smarter Jan 16th, 2019

Article via Psychology Today. Looking for help with handwriting? Our after school group starts March 27. Have you ever tried to read your physician’s prescriptions? Children increasingly print their writing because they don’t know cursive or theirs is simply unreadable. I have a middle-school grandson who has trouble reading his own cursive....

Choosing Toys That Support Healthy Development Dec 3rd, 2018

The American Academy of Pediatrics has put out a great position paper advising on the place of toys in a child’s life and what types of toys are best. This point is great: Recognize that one of the most important purposes of play with toys, especially in infancy, is not educational but...

Sleep Disorders & Behavioral Issues Nov 5th, 2018

An article in the Washington Post has highlighted a new theory into some diagnoses of ADHD – they may actually be an undiagnosed sleep disorder instead. Growing evidence suggests that a segment of children with ADHD are misdiagnosed and actually suffer from insufficient sleep, insomnia, obstructed breathing or another known sleep disorder....

Creating Connection – Through Music May 15th, 2018

A small study on child development looked at the role music and movement has between babies and adults. To anyone that has rocked a baby and sung a lullably, you probably know already the soothing affect it can have. The question this study asked was: What makes young children behave in...

Play is Important for Kids…and Adults! Apr 26th, 2018

Play is so fundamental to our work here. It’s the natural way for children to learn about their world. But play is equally important for adults. The importance of play for children is well documented. Now researchers are turning their attention to its possible benefits for adults. What they’re finding...

World Down Syndrome Day #jeans4genes Mar 20th, 2018

TODAY WE ARE SUPPORTING #JEANS4GENES IN HONOR OF OUR SWEET FRIEND, JACKSON! HERE IS HIS MOM’S STORY: Hello! My name is Natalie Palin, and our four-year-old son Jackson was born with Trisomy 21, more commonly known as Down syndrome. We have been so lucky to receive therapy at Solaris now...

A Feeding Therapy Session From a Mom’s Perspective Sep 11th, 2017

Do you have a picky eater? It’s something we see commonly at Solaris. One of our mom’s wrote about her perspective of a feeding therapy session with our speech therapist, Lauren. You can read it on her website, WestUniversityMoms. If you have a picky eater and would like more information on...

Yoga for the Special Child Basic Part 1 Apr 5th, 2017

We will be hosting the Yoga for the Special Child Basic Part 1 course again this fall. The dates are October 15-21, 2017. The course is taught by Kathy Randolph and the cost is $985. To register, please complete the form below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZEmGAOJvf1gHtpReYi_-uGpm23VhZujNShdhSYoycYKgA8w/viewform

Handling Reorganization Mar 30th, 2017

REORGANIZATION: WHAT IT IS, WHEN IT OCCURS, AND THE BEST WAY TO RESPOND Here is an article from ILS on reorganization, the differences between reorganization and adverse reactions, and steps to support your child through both states 

Handwriting & Yoga Summer Camp Mar 29th, 2017

Registration Form: Solaris Handwriting & Yoga Summer Camp 2017

Brain Gym Workshop April 6-8, 2017 Mar 26th, 2017

Brain gym is a series of fun and energizing  exercises designed to prepare the brain and  body for a more efficient pattern of movement, learning and communication promoting whole brain processing and balance in a stress-free environment. Learning Objectives: Summarize whole brain integration through  whole body movement Describe the role...

Yoga for the Special Child Teacher Training Nov 3rd, 2016

Next year, from March 3rd to March 10th, we will be hosting the Basic Part 2 Certification Program for Yoga for the Special Child. This course is taught by Sonia Sumar. The course cost is $1050. Completion of Basic Part 1 is a prerequisite. To register click here.

Free Adult Yoga Starting November 3 Oct 28th, 2016

From November 3rd to December 15th, we are offering free adult yoga sessions on Thursdays at noon. The class will be 40 minutes long. This is a great opportunity to try integral yoga. Please email or give us a call if you are interested.

QRI Cold Laser Workshop Jun 16th, 2016

Join us on July 30th for our QRI Workshop to learn the amazing benefits of the QRI cold laser on the integration of primitive reflexes. You will also have the opportunity to buy your own laser at a discounted price. QRI is a program of low level laser therapy on specific...

Can Handwriting Make You Smarter? Apr 5th, 2016

Researchers have found that taking notes by hand help students retain information longer and learn better.  “Note-taking is a pretty dynamic process,” said cognitive psychologist Michael Friedman at Harvard University who studies note-taking systems. “You are transforming what you hear in your mind.” Our Handwriting & Yoga summer camp will...

Free Adult Yoga Classes for Houston Compassion Week Apr 4th, 2016

For Houston Compassion Week we are running free adult Yoga classes for parents of kids with special needs. Our classes will run on April 16th. The morning class will be led by Annette Raj at her Yoga Bhavana studio and the afternoon class will be led by Yulene Broussard at Solaris Pediatric Therapy. If...

Handwriting & Yoga Summer Camps June 2016 Mar 2nd, 2016

Our Handwriting and Yoga Camps are ideal for kids between the ages of 5-10 who need improvement in writing legibility, are having issues with letter reversals and need to work on developing cursive skills. We will be using the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum which was developed by occupational therapists. To lay the foundation...

Yoga: Healing Pain & PTSD Feb 25th, 2016

New research and clinical work is showing that yoga is an effective treatment for chronic pain and those suffering from trauma. Read the original article here. Researchers found that 52 percent of the yoga participants no longer met the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis after treatment, compared with 29 percent of the...

Weighted Sensory Blanket Workshop Feb 23rd, 2016

Learn the benefits of weighted blankets and how to use them for special needs children with a variety of diagnoses/symptoms: • Autism • Sensory Processing Disorder • ADD/ADHD • anxiety • sleep difficulties Make a weighted blanket to take home! • small size: 30” x 20” • large size: 50”...

Fundraiser Yard Sale! Feb 6th 8am-4pm. Feb 2nd, 2016

We are having a fundraiser yard sale this Saturday, February 6th from 8am-4pm. This fundraiser raises money for a special needs child to take Yoga for the Special Child lessons. Like us on facebook and share the love.

Reminder: Yoga for the Special Child Course Coming Soon! Dec 18th, 2015

Don’t forget to register! See our flyer for course information and how to register.

Free Yoga for the Special Child Sessions! Nov 12th, 2015

Come learn the unique benefits of Yoga for the Special Child! Until the end of 2015, we are offering 2 free Yoga for the Special Child sessions to new clients. Yoga for the Special Child is gentle and therapeutic for babies and children with a range of diagnoses: Down Syndrome, Cerebral...

New Study Shows Yoga Can Reduce Inflammation Oct 19th, 2015

Blood tests before and after the trial showed that, after three months of yoga practice, all three markers for inflammation were lower by 10 to 15 percent. That part of the study offered some rare biological evidence of the benefits of yoga in a large trial that went beyond people’s...

A New Way to Look at Stress Sep 15th, 2015

In this Goop Q&A, Stanford professor Kelly McGonigal explains why stress may actually be good for us sometimes, and that there is more than one type of stress. The body has a whole repertoire of stress responses. Sometimes when we experience stress we’re experiencing a state that is healthy, that makes...

The Importance of Play Sep 4th, 2015

The importance of play for children before the age of 7 should not be underestimated. Outdoor, unstructured play is particularly important for children to develop the social-emotional tools they need to navigate life successfully. In a blog post by pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, she recounts an interview she conducted with a highly...

Meditation Can Improve Your Brain Aug 25th, 2015

A meditation study led by Harvard affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital shows that meditation can change the parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress. “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also...

The Importance of the Vagal Nerve and the Nervous System Jul 31st, 2015

New research has come out showing the great importance of the vagus nerve on health. The vagus nerve starts in the brain stem and travels down the sides of the neck to the rest of the body. ‘Vagus’ is Latin for wandering, and this nerve, which is made of thousands and...

Researchers Find Textbook-altering Link Between Brain, Immune System Jul 26th, 2015

Read original article here. In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. That such vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system...

Screen Addiction is Taking a Toll on Children Jul 7th, 2015

Too much technology and not enough social interaction is a pitfall for developing young minds. Read the full article published on the New York Times website here. Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents...

How Creeping and Crawling Influence Children’s First Step in Education Jun 18th, 2015

This article by Sheila Wayman for The Irish Times, published June 2, 2015, explains very well how movement and learning are linked. At Solaris, we work with children to help them integrate reflexes and build a strong physical ‘base’ to support learning and social interactions. Link to original. ‘GREY-AREA’ CHILDREN, WHO...

The Benefits of Slow Parenting May 27th, 2015

It’s too easy to get caught up in the trap of busyness and lose track of what is important. We really like this slow parenting movement which calls for families to simplify their life and be present with each other. John Duffy, a clinical psychologist and author of “The Available Parent”,...

Have We Taken the Wrong Approach to Treating Kids With ADHD? Apr 24th, 2015

Movement is functional rather than purposeless We have added this article from Huffington Post to our parent resources page: ‘Have we taken the wrong approach to treating kids with ADHD?’ It resonates very much with our work here at Solaris! Here is the research report if you are interested in reading...

Yoga for the Special Child Basic Part 1 (April 10, 2015) Apr 9th, 2015

The Yoga for the Special Child® Basic Part 1 Course will be held at Solaris Pediatric Therapy in Houston, TX from November 1-7, 2015. Kathy Randolph is leading the course and Solaris’s Yulene Broussard is the program coordinator.  This comprehensive training course delves into the theory and practice of Yoga therapy for babies and children with...

Now Taking Yoga Bookings! Mar 16th, 2015

Please welcome our new yoga instructor, Annette Raj! Annette has practiced and taught Iyengar yoga for the past 15 years and recently completed the Basic Yoga for the Special Child certification, a long-time goal of hers. Before dedicating her life to Yoga, Annette was a school psychologist. We are so...