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Autism Tree Project Foundation partners with Alpha Kappa Alpha Head Start Program to provide Early Intervention Screenings for 1,200 low-income students

SAN DIEGO, January 6, 2013 - The Autism Tree Project Foundation 501(c)(3) (ATPF) has partnered with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Head Start Program in El Cajon to provide free Early Intervention Screenings to more than 1,200 low-income children annually at 14 locations throughout San Diego County.

Do you ever wonder if girls really do talk earlier than boys?  Or if when grandma says using a pacifier will create speech problems later, you should believe her?

Autism is a developmental disability that causes problems with social skills and communication.  Autism can be mild or severe, and not all behaviors will exist in every child.  Some individuals on the autism spectrum do not speak, while others love to talk but have difficulty with conversational speech and/or understanding the nuances of language and nonverbal cues when talking to others.    

Speech apraxia is one of the great mysteries of childhood speech delays. 

In speech apraxia, children do not have any damage to the muscles of their face, mouth, tongue, or lips, but still have trouble communicating with words and language.  Sometimes people with acquired speech apraxia (mostly adults) will spontaneously recover on their own.  This, however, is not the case for children.  Children need treatment to help them learn to effectively communicate.  

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Strength and Power Training for Children with Poor Coordination!

By Veronica Glen, PT, DPT (http://www.thesandiegopediatricpt.com/2017/01/strength-and-power-training-for-kiddos.html)

When Physical Therapists see a clumsy or uncoordinated child, one of the first thoughts we think is “That kid can use some balance training!” or “They could benefit from functional activity practice!” What current evidence based research is finding is that strength and power training can be just as helpful if not MORE helpful than functional movement training!

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