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 […]

Sensory Motor Fun in the Snow

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Few things compare to the opportunities for a fun workout than playing in the snow. Get the kids outside and get moving and then warm up with a large mug of hot chocolate. Exercise is beneficial for all children, but has additional benefits for children with sensory processing disorders, low tone and anxiety disorders. In […]

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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?

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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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Bowling for Strengthening, Coordination and Much More

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Bowling is a wonderful sensory activity for kids.  It offers heavy work, motor planning, strengthening, and visual motor planning.  My boys LOVE to go bowling, but we can’t always make it to the bowling alley. So now, with the following idea, we can get creative and do a bit of “batty bowling” right in our […]

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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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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 […]

Can Therapy Be Fun?

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I assume as a parent of a child with special needs you already know about the importance of gross motor skill development for helping just about any and every developmental issue your child may have.  Perhaps you know it by different references, such as physical or occupational therapy for improving basic body skills and coordination, […]

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