Visualize a Better Eater: A Fun Activity for Your Picky Eater

Visual - Picky Eater

Raise your hand if you have a child or have heard a child refuse a food based upon how it looks? Rest assured that you’re not alone. I’ve not only had that experience in my own home but countless times as a clinician. What is it about the look of a food that can set […]

Hire the Ideal ABA Tutor – Eliminate Barriers to Success

ABA Tutor

Is your child getting what they need from their ABA therapy?  Do you find yourself with a new tutor every couple of months? Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is the science of human behavior.  ABA is a therapeutic process of applying interventions based on the principle of learning theory with a goal of improving socially significant […]

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Motor Skills During the 1st Year of Life

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If differences in motor development can be observed in young infants later diagnosed with autism, then there is potential to detect autism long before a child is old enough to socially interact or to start speaking. In several research studies, abnormal motor patterns were observed in every child that later was diagnosed with autism or […]

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Success for All when Private OT Visits the Classroom

Classroom for Success

If your child is receiving private occupational therapy (OT), the primary focus of the sessions is typically what occurs in the clinic. Of equal importance, however is collaboration between your child’s occupational therapist and your child’s teacher. We have found that a direct classroom observation, followed by a joint meeting with teachers, parents and OT […]

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Three Tips to Make Social Concepts “Click”

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Developing “friends” and true “friendships” are processes that take years as well as various experiences. It relies on one having the ability to connect with others on a personal level.  Many of the clients I work with “want” friends and “want” to have that social connection, but fall short when in the moment and in […]

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5 Tips for Better Transitions

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Transitions are rough for many of us. As a parent, I even struggle when transitioning from the peace and quiet of my home office to the hustle and bustle that instantly ensues when my three lively children walk in the door each afternoon. For our kids with sensory challenges, transitions can mean going from one […]

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Tactile Defensive? Start with the other Senses

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When children are defensive or sensory over-responsive to certain tactile input, it can really affect their ability to function. Some children are sensitive to tags in their shirts, touching sticky or gooey things (like glue or finger paint), walking barefoot in grass or light touch. Others may crave touch with a desire to touch everything […]

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New Years, Goal Setting and our Learning Style

Goal Setting

It’s that time of year again! My goal for 2014 will be to lose 20 pounds!  That’s a great goal on many levels, but what is my plan for achieving my desired end result?  Sadly the pounds won’t magically disappear no matter how hard I wish for it. So, if I set that goal, how […]

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Traveling with a Sensory Seeking Child

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Holiday break is just around the corner and many are planning vacations.  If you have a child with a sensory processing disorder and/or other isms, extra planning can help make the experience more successful and less stressful for everyone. When you plan your vacation, think about your child’s sensory needs and how they respond to […]

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On Your Marks, Get Set, Reinforce!!!

Reinforcement

I talk about reinforcement in virtually every article I write. I figured it was time then that I write a posting devoted to reinforcement: what it is, why it’s important, how to do it. What Exactly is Reinforcement? Reinforcement can be thought of as a behavioural term for reward. Technically, reinforcement is defined by its […]

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