Sensory

Low Arousal Sensory System? Hints & Ideas Inside

Thomas was five years old when he first came to occupational therapy. His parents described him as being a ‘good child’. He had never gotten into any trouble. Thomas had never gotten out of...

7 Sloppy Handwriting Solutions, Part 3

Many educators and parents experience sloppy handwriting from their students and children. Handwriting is a complex task and cannot be “cured” overnight. Many components lead to legible handwriting and sometimes working on even one or...

The Under-Responsive Side of SPD, Part 1

Do you have a child who loves to crash, jump, bump, run, whirl and spin? A child who simply WILL NOT sit still?! Chances are you have a “sensory seeker”! Or do you instead...
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Seat-Based Sensory Strategies to Keep Students Seated and Focused

My daughters have only been back in school a couple of days now and they are already counting down the weeks until Spring Break! It seems really far away right now and they are...
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Light Up a Sensory Diet with Glow Sticks

The Fourth of July festivities have passed and celebratory gear is on sale.  So, it is time to scoop up a seasonal favorite, which can really brighten up sensory diet activities. If you put on...

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas by the Ism

Shopping for gifts during the holidays can be overwhelming. But if you have a child with special needs, this task can be even more difficult. Your child may have a narrow range of interests,...

Sensory Solutions in the Classroom for the Kid Who Cannot Sit Still

For the child who needs and seeks out movement, being in a classroom can often be a struggle. The expectation to be able to sit still, attend and learn starts in kindergarten, if not...

8 Fun Oral Sensory Activities to Improve Your Child’s Regulation

Generally when we think about sensory input to help children regulate, we go with the powerhouse trifecta of sensory processing: vestibular, proprioceptive and touch pressure input. There are times, however when you need a quicker,...

4 Overlooked Pre-Writing Features

Handwriting is such a complex task and our students are asked to write frequently throughout their school days. Poor handwriting is one of the leading Occupational Therapy referrals in school systems. All too often,...
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Art Therapy: Enhance Focus and Attention

Creating art is a great way to enhance focus and attention span. The art process is active and has concrete causes and effects. Partaking in art offers opportunities for continued experimentation which keeps things...