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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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


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


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 […]

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Prepare a Sensory Packed Lunch


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


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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A Day in the Life of an OT

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As an occupational therapist I see children every day that have been diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum or with sensory issues, as well as Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, developmental delays and many other disabilities as well. Let me paint a picture of what my daily work life looks like for you so you can […]

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Summertime ‘At Home’ Occupational Therapy

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Since my son was diagnosed with ADHD, I have become more attuned to all the issues encompassing the diagnosis. ADHD is a kind of slippery slope for parents, therapists and even educators. Each child with ADHD is different and has a different presentation of symptoms. It is often hard to pinpoint where to start or […]

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Use Frisbees and Hats to Promote Motor Skills!

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There’s a great book of party game ideas entitled,  by Penny Warner. I tend to look at things with therapeutic lenses on, always on a quest for fun game ideas that hold therapeutic value. Today one game will be featured, along with variations, modifications, and a listing of the therapeutic value! Original Game Frisbee Tower: […]

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