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 […]

Teens & Young Adults Need Breaks at School Too

Teens Need Breaks

Once students move from elementary to middle school and beyond, their morning and afternoon recess is no longer tether ball, four square, handball, jump rope and kickball. Students are now simply “at break” or “on a break” from their regular work load at school.  All kids, no matter the age, needs breaks at school. Most […]

A Sensory Break Saves the Day

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Today while working with one of my vision therapy patients, I heard one of my other therapists, ”Sue,” getting very frustrated with her six-year-old patient, “Peter” during their therapy session. This high energy first grader had just come from a long day at school and now was expected to continue to focus and concentrate on […]

Engage Kids in the Classroom: 8 Ideas for Heavy Work

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It’s Monday morning. You grab your coffee and head into your classroom, ready for a great week. You have your lesson plans ready to launch onto your third grade class. You look across the room and realize … it’s not going to happen. Your kids are disengaged. You need some classroom management. You really don’t […]

Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms

Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms

Sensory Integration Disorder often presents as a behavioral problem; thus, although it’s an internal state, it has to be addressed based on what observable behaviors are seen in the child. As Occupational Therapist, Bonnie Hacker, MHS, OTR/L shares in her article “Sensory Solutions in the Classroom for the Kid who Cannot Sit Still“, “For the […]

Meet the Needs of ALL of Your ‘Sensational’ Kids

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If you have more than one ‘sensational’ kid in your house, trying to coordinate and organize each child’s sensory diet can be an overwhelming task, especially if each child’s needs are on opposite ends of the sensory spectrum. In our house, my daughter is almost exclusively a sensory avoider with motor planning isms, dyspraxia and […]

Five Strategies to Avoid Meltdowns and Tantrums

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We’ve all “been there done that” in the epicenter of a major behavioral meltdown or a terrible temper tantrum out in public. Whether “we” are the audience or actually part of the “performance,” these explosive behaviors can be both embarrassing and physically dangerous for those involved. The best approach for dealing with meltdowns or tantrums […]

Sensory Input with Plastic Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs - Sensory Input

Spring has sprung and with it may come an extra dose of sensory challenges.   For some children, seasonal changes in clothing, weather and routine bring just enough extra or unfamiliar input to throw their sensory system out of whack.  Luckily, your nearest sale counter is probably brimming with an economic, effective tool that can help […]

Tactile Experiences for Sensory Regulation

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The tactile system is the sense of touch. This is the sensory system that helps us to learn about our bodies and our environment. It is important in the development of a child’s body scheme (the internal map of our body and how we use our body to interact with the environment). The tactile system […]

Sensory Diet On the Fly – Body Part Cards

Body Part Cards

One challenge I have found in educating children with Sensory Processing Disorder is finding ways of slipping in focused sensory breaks and sensory diet-friendly learning activities before the child’s behaviors make all of us want to lose our heads.  If you ever feel this way, too, you might want to try my strategy and grab […]

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