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 […]

7 Family Fun Indoor Activities

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tunnels Help Develop Motor Skills and Muscle Strength

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Use this alone or combine it with the . You can also add the  to the tent. All these items are sold separately, for the ultimate play experience. They feature sturdy spring steel construction for lasting fun and collapse down for easy storage. These play items are ideal for children who may benefit from weight […]

6 Tips to Teach a Child with Autism How to Throw and Catch

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To throw and catch a ball may seem like such a basic skill, but for a child on the autism spectrum and other special needs it may seem more challenging than going for an Olympic gold medal!  It is amazing the amount of skills involved that are typically taken for granted – for instance:  motivation […]

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 […]

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