Therapeutic Benefits of Using Yoga in Occupational Therapy

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As an occupational therapist, I have used yoga in a variety of ways with clients I’ve worked with.  Yoga is a great way to build strength and body awareness and also improves sensory processing and regulation.  Yoga can be used with clients young and old. For example, I have used “cat” and “cow” postures to […]

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Exercise Balls: What To Do With Them?

Exercise Ball

Exercise or therapy balls have been used in the therapy world for many years as a tool for core strengthening, developmental exercises, and for sensory stimulation. More recently they have popped up in gyms and people’s homes as an inexpensive, fun and dynamic piece of exercise equipment. What is the Right Size? One of the […]

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No Longer Left Behind! Family Bike Rides for Fun

Courtesy of Audrey Schroth

Did you know that May is National Bike Month? What a great excuse to get the family outside and on a family bike ride. However, families that experience “isms” might find that a family bike outing is impossible or, at a minimum, a challenging prospect. You might be pleasantly surprised at how many biking type […]

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12 Ideas Focusing on Balance and Vestibular Activities

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In honor of Occupational Therapy (OT) Month, we encourage you to include a focus on balance and the vestibular system.  Need some help?  Here are twelve quick ideas to get you started: Seated Activities Bounce on a  or as you recite a poem to the rhythm of the bounce. high as you recite any list […]

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Conquering the Motor Challenges

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“I’m doing it! I’m doing it!” yells an exuberant 8 year-old boy as he rides away from me on his bike. This young boy has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and dyspraxia and was so frightened to just sit on his bike with training wheels 4 months ago that he held on to […]

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Using a Body Sox for Sensory Input

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The is great for children with sensory issues. The material is see-through and breathable. Children become enraptured as they begin to understand and explore the three-dimensional space they individually occupy. Your kids will soon discover the calming and organizing effect of the . Great for those with Sensory Processing Disorder, autism, ADHD, and Asperger’s. Features […]

Beating Dyspraxia with a Hop, Skip and a Jump

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Don’t turn away from this article just because of the word “dyspraxia.” First, what is dyspraxia? Geoff Platt, author of  lists some of the primary problems of dyspraxia to include: low muscle tone; easily fatigued muscles; poor coordination, balance, and attention; and hyperactivity. Some of the secondary problems include: lack of confidence and self-esteem; avoidance […]

Favorite Games for Fun and Learning

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Games are a great resource for developing skills in a fun environment. We often recommend them as a part of a child’s occupational therapy program at home. Please note that the beginning age is a general guideline. Some children may be ready for a particular game at a somewhat older or younger age. Fine Motor […]

Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

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“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of man.” –Winston Churchill When JJ was in his elementary school years, he participated in therapeutic horse-back riding for several years which had many benefits. The value of horse-back riding has been recognized as therapeutic as early as 600 B.C […]

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