Sensory

Children with a sensory processing disorder do not organize the input from some or all of the eight sensory systems. Children with sensory isms struggle to pull sensory input together in order to make an appropriate response to the environment. This can result in an inability to orient, stay calm and focus attention throughout daily routines.

A child with a Sensory Discrimination Disorder may struggle with one of the eight senses - auditory, interoception, olfactory, oral, proprioception, tactile, vestibular or visual.

sensory over responsive

Does Your Therapy Office Put Kids in Sensory Overload?

It's important to be aware of a client's sensory needs no matter what clinical service you are providing, whether it's occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, or psychological therapy.  For anyone who sees children...
auditory processing

Understanding Auditory Processing Disorder

In trying to help my son, Xander, with his sensory issues, it proved to be a much more complicated journey than it was with my daughter, Jaimie. With her, once we knew she had...
Reading - Visual Challenge

Vision Challenges Result in School Day “Crutches”

We recently had a young adult patient, who comes to us for vision care, describe a re-occurring experience that she would have while attending school. Typical to most classrooms, the teachers would require the...
handwriting challenges

Handwriting Challenges: What is the Root Cause?

For most of us, handwriting is second nature. Certainly we practiced it enough in school. Although our script might have “evolved” over the years (not for the better sometimes), we all remember repeatedly practicing...
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Holidays are Over: Explore New Sensory Ideas

The bulk of holiday celebrations are over.  It is likely that the quantity of toys and stuff in your home has increased.  The children have been out of school for a while now and...
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How to Achieve Sensory Success with Teens

During my years as a school-based occupational therapist (OT), I consistently observed the following: younger kids, like preschoolers through third-graders, loved coming to OT. Often their peers would ask me why they don't "get...

Sloppy Handwriting – What is a Teacher To Do?

Even in the age of technology, children are still expected to complete tasks that involve handwriting.  Many of these children demonstrate sloppy handwriting and teachers are often at a loss. When you attend a conference...
fire prevention week

4 Sensory Activities to Celebrate Fire Prevention Week

Did you know it is Fire Prevention Week? Sure is! The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” as the official theme for this year’s...

Uncovering Sensory-Based Motor Disorders

October is National Sensory Awareness Month AND Physical Therapy Awareness Month.  It is a perfect time to introduce the very important connection between sensory and motor - sensory-based motor disorders.  Discover how physical therapy...

Engaging Reluctant Children in Art Play

One of the concerns repeatedly raised by parents is their child’s lack of interest and willingness to engage in art play, especially coloring, drawing and beginning writing activities. Often this is the parent of a...