Therapeutic Benefits of Using Yoga in Occupational Therapy


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 […]

5 Things You Should Be Doing–But Aren’t–to Enhance Your ABA Program


Recently I had lunch with my friend Jess. It was good to see her, as always. Jess and I have known each other for years. We worked together at a clinical center that specialized in autism. Maybe because she was a parent of a child with autism as well as a professional in the field, […]

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Identify Your Child’s Sensory Needs


If you think your child has possible sensory issues or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), then you need to get your pediatrician to refer you to an Occupational Therapist (OT)–preferably an outpatient/clinic based therapist that is qualified in Sensory Integration therapy. That therapist can give you (the parent/caregiver) a questionnaire to fill out to gather information […]

Occupational Therapy and ABA Teamwork: A Great Fit!


The American Occupational Therapy Assn (AOTA) conference has just concluded in Indianapolis, Indiana and as is always the case, I feel such enthusiasm and camaraderie after interacting with a focused group of my colleagues. Joining OT with ABA This year, my research partner and I were featured as poster presenters, and I had a sizeable […]

Defining the 6 Subtypes of SPD

Sensory Craver

Dr. Lucy J Miller poses there are 6 subtypes of SPD which help us better understand the children that we are working with. We all know about the 8 sensory systems with the newest system being interoception (sense of internal organs) but how can we determine what areas a child is having difficulty with and […]

Eye Games: Easy and Fun Visual Exercises Reviewed by Yoga Therapist


This practical handbook, , opens with a beautiful segue describing light as the main factor in vision and our need to be outside and connected to nature. Natural light and time outdoors are key factors in all aspects of our health and in the introduction, they get right to the heart of the matter: “Experiencing life […]

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