Move Into Fall & Process Sensory Information More Efficiently

Movement in Fall

The air is crisp and the colors are bright. Autumn is a perfect time of year for your action seekers! Movement not only builds strength but its good for the bones, heart, lungs and brain. In addition, it acts as a great sensory filter helping to process incoming sensory information more efficiently. The cool air […]

20 Ways to Stay Active – “A Body in Motion Stays in Motion”

archery movement activities

There’s no disputing the fact that physical activities are good for you and your family. However, kids with “isms” face more challenges. Some deal with sensory issues, difficulty with gross motor skills and can tire easily. Potentially lacking social and communication skills also stacks the proverbial deck against them. Many kids also deal with side […]

Does Handwriting Get Better With Practice?

Building Sponge Towers

I read somewhere that all children can improve their writing skills with a lot of practice.  Unfortunately, that is not quite true.  Handwriting isn’t simply about putting pencil to paper.  It is a complex activity that requires efficient visual, fine, and gross motor skills in order to be mastered.  When a child struggles with handwriting […]

Ten Tips for Summer Handwriting Fun!

playground

Summer is a opportunity for children of all ages to spend more time on outdoor play and less time “hitting the books!”  Although learning does not end with the school term, desk work becomes less appealing as the pools and playgrounds open for the season.  The neatest thing about handwriting practice, however, is that it […]

Inspirational Triumph over Tourette Syndrome – Tim Howard

Tim Howard - Tourette Syndrome

Since the beginning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on the 12th of June, we have sat on the edge of our seats rooting to the United States. Today the USA plays Germany and we are ever so hopeful for a win. I fell in love with the game of soccer 18 years ago when […]

Solutions for the Struggles of Left-Handed Writers

Left-handed writers benefit from a vertical slant

Left-handed writers can be a menacing force in the classroom when it comes to handwriting instruction!  Their struggles are confusing for teachers and parents and can result in a great deal of stress for the students.  A search of the web can offer some help, but most often very few of the tips or adaptations […]

Hand Dominance: Is My Child Ambidextrous?

Bilateral Integration

Within the first few minutes of my observation, one thing that becomes instantly apparent amongst children referred for Occupational Therapy (OT), are differences in bilateral integration and sequencing, reluctance to cross midline, and poor midline weight distribution and balance. Bilateral integration is the coordination of right and left sides of the body. Children with differences […]

7 Family Fun Indoor Activities

Bowling - Strength

I know spring is right around the corner but for some people when the snow is still on the ground, it means downhill skiing, sledding, and snowmobiling. Others, however, aren’t as eager to head out into the snow. Some children with sensory issues may find it challenging to tolerate the cold, texture of the snow […]

Mardi Gras Craft Ideas Fit for A King or Queen

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is a French phrase for Fat Tuesday, more formally known as Shrove Tuesday. This is the holiday to celebrate and eat like a glutton because the following day is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent. During Lent, Christians give up something they enjoy (usually a favorite food) for 40 days leading up […]

Strengthen Fine Motor with Mini-Weather Geoboards

Geoboard

Groundhog Day was yesterday and whether Punxsutawney Phil was right or wrong, the cold in some parts means children are still cooped up inside needing activities to keep them busy and engaged.  That’s where old blocks can come in handy! Original Purpose: Building and stacking With Sensory Lenses:  A Mini-Weather Geoboard to tie into recent […]

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