Help Regulate Kids with Oral Sensory Snacks

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Children with various isms have challenges with regulating their emotions.  Heck, I know of a lot of adults who struggle with this.  Think about sitting in a lecture.  What do you do to keep your attention on the lecturer?  Do you play with your hair?  Tap your pencil?  Bounce your leg?  We all do little […]

Prepare a Sensory Packed Lunch

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As an Occupational Therapist, I am always teaching families ways to sneak in sensory activities throughout the day to keep their families at the desired state of regulation. Lunchtime at school is one of those times we don’t really think about as time for a sensory diet activity however, there are a few tips and […]

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Long Summer Vacation? Top 10 Ways to Maintain Your Student’s Attention!

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One of the most difficult transitions in the school system is coming back from summer vacation! Most likely your students have been staying up late, sleeping in, had limited structure, and doing new and exciting things. Now they are going to be required to sit and learn in a structured environment. Try to allow for […]

How to be a Medication Ninja

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Last month, we got Influenza A. At least, I am pretty sure we did. Classic symptoms, straight from a medical textbook. Fever, respiratory symptoms, aches, fatigue. Typically, influenza will take anywhere from 7-10 days to resolve with some residual fatigue. It bites. Illness and the Special Needs Child And while being sick is in and […]

Recognising Sensory Overload

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Last week, I went to pick up some Chinese food at our local Chinese restaurant. While I was there, I noticed a little girl, probably aged about six, standing next to the lobster tanks near the door. She had her eyes tightly closed, her teeth were clenched and her hands were covering her ears. I […]

6 Sensory Experiences Inspired by Wind

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“Whether the weather be good, or whether the weather be bad, we must remember sensory needs, if we are to remain regulated and glad.” This could have been a rhyming mantra for many when Sandy hit recently.  Schedules askew, hunkered down inside for much of the day, folks with sensory needs who were lucky enough […]

What Exactly IS Sensory Processing Disorder?

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Have you been told that your child has a sensory processing disorder (SPD)? If so, you may be wondering exactly what that is! October is National Sensory Awareness month, so this is the perfect time to address this topic. I’m going to explain sensory processing disorders to you in the most basic way possible, and […]

8 Fun Oral Sensory Activities to Improve Your Child’s Regulation

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Generally when we think about sensory input to help children regulate, we go with the powerhouse trifecta of sensory processing: vestibular, proprioceptive and touch pressure input. There are times, however when you need a quicker, quieter solution; one that doesn’t require a lot of space or special equipment. Enter oral sensory input. While oral sensory […]

Parenting a Picky Eater

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When my daughter who has sensory processing disorder was little, I knew I was doing a lot of things right as a parent. Our days were filled with obstacle courses built out of couch cushions, tactile play in sensory bins, playgroups to encourage social skill development, and lots and lots of books. And my hard […]

Oral-Motor Input on the Go: Fruit Roll-Up Fingers

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If your child seeks oral-motor input, consider enriching his sensory diet with Fruit Roll-Up Fingers. My occupational therapist suggested this fun and tasty activity for my little sensory-seeker several months ago. It took me a few tries to get the hang of it. Here’s a little system that’s been working great for me: Step 1: […]

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