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.

Play With Your Food for Sensory Motor Fun

"One of the concerns repeatedly raised by parents is their child’s lack of interest and willingness to engage in art activities, especially coloring, drawing and beginning writing activities. Often this is the parent of...
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Summertime ‘At Home’ Occupational Therapy

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...
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A Charming Story About Autism, Horses and Friendship

“Apples for Cheyenne: A story about autism, friendship and horses” written by Elizabeth King Gerlach and illustrated by Kim Miller is a delightful children's book that touched me on a personal and professional level. I...
Swim Therapy

8 Sensory-Motor Benefits of Swimming

Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of all the therapeutic benefits of swimming and playing in the pool. Many children who have difficulty controlling their bodies for sports and gross motor activities...
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Enhance Sequencing Skills through Art

Art can be a fun and different approach for enhancing and developing sequencing skills. While the process of creating art involves free expression it also requires the very concrete execution of sequencing tasks to...
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Ideas for Sensory Diets at Home

Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) are often at the mercy of their environment. Our goal as their parents, teachers and therapists is to provide sensory diets they need in order to stay well...

Sensory Processing Disorder: An Overview

Sensory Integration (SI) is a term that has become quite well-known since its discovery in the 1960’s by developmental psychologist and occupational therapist, A. Jean Ayres, PhD, OTR.  During her work, she observed that...
Brainworks App

Brain Works App

I was very excited when I heard about the Brain Works app, as I really enjoy using apps on my iPad and iPhone, especially apps that can help me in some way. Gwen Wild,...
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Enhance Social Skills with Partner Poses

"The blend of sensory integration strategies and yoga techniques creates a natural sensory diet for children.  Through yoga partner poses, we find core sensory input though proprioceptive (input to the joints) and vestibular input...
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Classroom Sounds Send Sensory Kids over the Edge

Sounds.  Some sounds are soothing like the sound of a gentle wind rustling leaves or wind chimes.  Some sounds are absolutely annoying - beyond normal annoying.  When I was sitting in the classroom at...