Sensory

musical benefits

May the Holidays Ring Out with Musical Benefits

With the holidays just around the corner, many children and parents are thinking about celebrations and gifts.  As you do, I encourage you to think about music. Holiday concerts provide a great opportunity to introduce...
Pumpkins

Sensory Fun and Learning with Pumpkins

Kids with sensory challenges experience the world in a unique way.    Whether kids feel uncomfortable with touching sticky stuff, are grossed out by experiencing new textures or are simply frightened by the thought...
Multi-System - Brain

Auditory Processing – A Multi-System Approach

You may have been told that your child has an auditory processing disorder. But, have you been told what specific type of auditory processing disorder your child has? Often, all that professionals say is,...

Million Dollar Question: Sensory or Behavior?

Isn’t that the million dollar question when dealing with a child with special needs? Is your child on the autism spectrum? Does your child have sensory processing disorder or both? Does your child throw...
therpeutic-horseback

The Sensory Benefits of Hippotherapy

In an archived interview with Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L, we learned insights about hippotherapy and its benefits. Hippotherapy uses the horse’s movement and associated sensory stimulation to promote neurophysiologic change. It is performed by a...

Scooter Boards Foster Developmental Skills

No matter what the ism may be, exercise is almost always beneficial. Children with various isms can have a myriad of challenges such as sensory integration, cognitive processing and self-regulation. Believe it or not,...
Charlie Brown Teacher

Auditory Extraction – Getting the Key Message

I opened this series with an overview discussion about the Multi-System approach to Auditory Processing Disorders.  According to this system-integrated model developed by this professional, the six main systems involved in auditory processing are: 1....
sensitive to sound

Hyperacusis: Bionic Hearing?

It was a busy summer day when hyperacusis presented as a super power - one of bionic hearing.  Michelle and her kids were getting out of their SUV to go to a local playground.  The playground was...

Sensory Fun for Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month

Did you know that that September is Fruits and Veggies - More Matters Month? More than 90% of children do not eat the right amount of fruits and vegetables recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for...
Proprioceptive Input

20 Proprioceptive Input Ideas for Home and School

The proprioceptive system is input received through receptors in the joints and muscles with movement and heavy work. When these receptors are activated, body awareness is improved and the person knows where his/her body...