Solutions for the Struggles of Left-Handed Writers

Left-handed writers benefit from a vertical slant

Left-handed writers can be a menacing force in the classroom when it comes to handwriting instruction!  Their struggles are confusing for teachers and parents and can result in a great deal of stress for the students.  A search of the web can offer some help, but most often very few of the tips or adaptations […]

8 Tips for Selecting an Occupational Therapist to Address your Child’s Sensory Processing Needs

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I have been working with children with sensory processing challenges for over thirty years. One of the things that I find most frustrating is meeting families who have received poor therapy services. These parents have tried to obtain help for their child, and have invested time and money with therapy services that at best have […]

The Complimentary Practices of Occupational Therapy and Yoga

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As the practices of both Yoga and Occupational Therapy (OT) evolve in our modern culture, the two disciplines find themselves walking along the same path toward health and wellness. While the tradition of Yoga reaches back 5,000 years into antiquity, the profession of Occupational Therapy began to evolve more recently out of a growing awareness […]

Success for All when Private OT Visits the Classroom

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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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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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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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Therapeutic Benefits of Using Yoga in Occupational Therapy

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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 […]

Prepare a Sensory Packed Lunch

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As an Occupational Therapist, I am always teaching families ways to sneak in sensory activities throughout the day to keep their families at the desired state of regulation. Lunchtime at school is one of those times we don’t really think about as time for a sensory diet activity however, there are a few tips and […]

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Tips to Decrease Back-to-School Stress

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It’s that time of year again where you are stressing about whether or not you and your child are ready to go back to school, or maybe they are starting kindergarten! How exciting. You have shopped for the school supplies, new clothes, a lunch box and more more, and now it’s time to work on […]

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