7 Family Fun Indoor Activities

Bowling - Strength

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 […]

Mardi Gras Craft Ideas Fit for A King or Queen

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is a French phrase for Fat Tuesday, more formally known as Shrove Tuesday. This is the holiday to celebrate and eat like a glutton because the following day is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent. During Lent, Christians give up something they enjoy (usually a favorite food) for 40 days leading up […]

Strike a Pose, Breathe Deep – Obtain Attuned Classroom

Yoga in the Classroom

Trying to teach kids who are distracted, disruptive or daydreaming isn’t fun or effective. But with a packed schedule and a tight curriculum, what is a teacher to do? As a yoga teacher of course I’m going to say, “Yoga!”, but let me tell you why. At first it may seem there’s no time to […]

Yoga in the Classroom = Students Ready to Learn

Mountain Pose - Sensory

Teachers have the honor and unique perspective of working within a space where each child and the teacher, are working towards similar goals. These goals include but are not limited to learning and meeting or exceeding classroom expectations. What makes the classroom so unique is that each child is navigating their own levels of regulation […]

Sensory Diet = Yoga Throughout Your Day

sensory yoga

The goal of a sensory diet is to incorporate movement and sensory based activities throughout the day in order to promote regulation. Each sensory diet includes activities, designed by an occupational therapist, to provide input throughout the day to alert, calm, and organize the sensory systems. As adults, we have found ways to incorporate this […]

Music Therapy and Fun Rhythm Games

Jazz for Kids

The two main components of a musical rhythm are the beat/pulse and the rhythmic unit. They both appear repeatedly in almost every piece of music. The pulse is simple and repeats in a continuous sequence from beginning to end, while the rhythmic unit is a little bit more complicated as it is a note-pattern that […]

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Sensory Motor Fun in the Snow

sledding

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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Utilize Art To Increase Fine Motor Skills

art therapy - fine motor

The process of creating art is a fun way for kids with various isms to maintain and increase fine motor skills.  Many times skills are being increased without the artist even realizing it.  It isn’t “work”.  It’s fun!  Here are some benefits and tips for using art to support and increase these skills. Increase Eye-Hand […]

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Promote Imaginative Play with Puppets

puppet-making

Most typical children naturally love to pretend play and intuitively use their imaginations at a relatively early age. We see this the strongest in normal development around 3-6 years of age. A child may pick up a toy car and “pretend” it is driving up and down the furniture.  He may joyfully make sounds to […]

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May the Holidays Ring Out with Musical Benefits

musical benefits

With the holidays just around the corner, many children and parents are thinking about celebrations and gifts.  As you do, I encourage you to think about music. Holiday concerts provide a great opportunity to introduce your child to music (with, of course, a few prior considerations made for keeping sensory overload at bay).  They also […]

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