5 Ways to Use Wrapping Paper for Sensory Diets


No matter what your faith tradition, it seems that at this is the time of year wrapping paper is ubiquitous. Instead of tossing your torn pieces out, try looking at them with an eye for sensory diet fun. Today’s Challenge: Wrapping paper Original Purpose: Wrapping gifts With Sensory Savvy Lenses: Free tools for fine motor, […]

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The Essentials for a Sensory-Friendly Learning Environment


Many children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and other isms find it easier to study at home rather than in public school. For these children, school can be a scary place not only because of the different kinds of stimulation that they worry will make them feel bad, but also because it is very different from […]

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 […]

Scooter Board Activities for the Home


When people come over to our house for the first time, they are usually a little surprised. Our family room looks like a crazy Romper Room, filled with swings, (including a , , and ), and the kids’ favorites: the , , and a . My family owns many, many pieces of therapy equipment. Since […]

12 Ideas Focusing on Balance and Vestibular Activities


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 […]

Simple Movement Can Improve Your Child’s Communication


Here are some movement tips that may be helpful for children that have communications challenges. Maximize the Child’s Posture Is he slumped forward, leaning on his elbow or holding his head with his hand? Are her feet on the floor so she can push on the floor as a source of stability for the rest […]

5 Ways to Encourage Independent Play


As we move into the new year, we will continue to have crazy weather.  Sometimes weather too poor to send our children out to play.  Yet, there is work to be done, kids to be entertained. So what’s a busy parent to do? Some may resort to electronic babysitters such as TV, DVD or video […]

Visual Perception Activities: Part 2

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In Visual Perception Activities, Part 1, I explained how visual perception comes from combining visual skills with all other sensory modalities, including the vestibular and proprioceptive systems. I then provided activity ideas for working on visual perception using (1) form constancy and visual discrimination and (2) figure ground perception. Today I will present activity ideas […]

Visual Perception Activities: Part 1


A.M. Skeffington, an American optometrist known to some as “the father of behavioral optometry”, believed that vision cannot be separated from the total individual nor from any of the sensory systems because it is integrated into all human performance. His model describes how visual processes mesh with auditory input, proprioception, kinesthesia and body sense. Visual […]

Calming Your Child During a Natural Disaster


Swinging is known to have a calming effect on the nervous system. The rhythmical movements and repetitive pattern gives steady, even input to the vestibular system. It is soothing and calming. Yoga Can Replicate the Benefits of Swinging If you have been affected by natural disaster, you may be trapped in your home or temporary […]

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